January 31, 2008 by Rachel Cericola
TiVo received some good news today. After years of battling against Echostar and Dish Network, a federal court ruled today that the satellite provider did infringe on TiVo’s digital video recorder patent.
TiVo’s “Time Warp” patent allows subscribers to simultaneously record a TV program, while playing back another.
Once everything is all wrapped up, EchoStar will no longer be allowed to sell the suspect boxes. However, they claim to have already solved the problem with new software. EchoStar says that customers will not even notice a difference.
The ruling means that EchoStar must pay $74 million in damages; with interest, however, Reuters says that number would skyrocket to $94 million. EchoStar is planning to appeal the decision.
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