TiVo ruling could break DISH

Dish Network could have to pay TiVo up to $300 million thanks to a U.S. appeals court decision that found the satellite provider and its parent company EchoStar in contempt of court for violating TiVo's principal patent processes for recording video from live TV.

Not that Dish is washed up. It said it will seek a review of the three judge appeals court panel's decision before the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. TiVo, meanwhile, has been looking for money and if it ever gets its hands on this judgment against Dish it could turn profitable.

The DVR maker has also sued AT&T and Verizon for patent infringement and is reportedly in talks with Comcast about porting its new Premiere user interface onto a tru2way platform.

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