Patent lawsuit update: TiVo gets $200M

DVR pioneer TiVo continues to trade legal victories with satellite TV provider Dish Network and affiliate EchoStar in the epic patent infringement battle between the companies. Most recently, the U.S. District Court for Eastern Texas late last week awarded TiVo about $200 million in damages from Dish and EchoStar. That windfall will give the company about $400 million total in court awards stemming from the legal fight. Dish and EchoStar are set to appeal the latest ruling.

The satellite player had won a stay earlier this summer on a court order to disable its DVR function. TiVo also has filed similar lawsuits against AT&T and Verizon Communications, giving those telcos reason to note the eventual outcome of the TiVo-Dish legal dance. Reuters reports that at least one analyst believes that TiVo and Dish will reach a "constructive resolution," which should give the telcos a better starting point for any settlement negotiations with TiVo and lessen the likelihood that their increasingly successful DVR services will be realistically threatened by TiVo's legal hassling.

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