Time Warp

DISH Network Granted "En Banc" Review in TiVo "Time Warp" Patent Case

--Last-Minute Reprieve Means DISH Will Not Have to Disable its DVR's Anytime Soon
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC last Friday granted DISH Network and its sister company, EchoStar , an "en banc" (i.e. full-court) review in the so-called "Time Warp" patent case brought against it by DVR vendor, TiVo . (Note: the case began back in 2004, when TiVo sued DISH Network--then called EchoStar--alleging that it was violating its US patent, number 6,233,389. The so-called "Time Warp" patent, which was granted...

News Round-Up

--DISH Faces April 30th Deadline in TiVo "Time Warp" Patent Case
--Audience-Driven, Interactive Sci-Fi Franchise, "Purefold," Abandoned
--Peled: NDS Likely to Seek Listing on London Stock Exchange in 2012
--NeuLion Selected by Major League Soccer as its Broadband Video Partner
--OpenTV Voluntarily Delisted from NASDAQ
--New UFC Site Offers All Episodes of Spike TV's "The Ultimate Fighter" Free-of-Charge
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: US District Court Judge David Folsom has granted DISH Network an extension through April 30th of a stay of his injunction requiring the company to disable DVR's that infringe on TiVo 's so-called "Time Warp" patent. Multichannel News's Todd Spangler explains why Sanford Bernstein analyst, Craig Moffett, believes that "DISH is now negotiating with a...

USPTO Provisionally Rejects Two of TiVo's Claims in the "Time Warp" Patent

--Patent Is at Center of Litigation between TiVo and DISH Network/EchoStar
The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has provisionally rejected two of the claims in TiVo 's so-called " Time Warp " patent (US #6,233,389), which is at the center of a long-running lawsuit that the company has brought against DISH Network and the latter's spin-off company, EchoStar. (Note: the judge in the case, David Folsom, recently found DISH Network and EchoStar to be in contempt of court for having continued to infringe upon the...

TiVo Launches DVR Upgrade Promotion

--DISH Wins Stay of Order Requiring it to Disable its DVR's for Infringing on TiVo Patent
TiVo has launched a promotion designed to encourage users of its DVR service to upgrade to its HD DVR. "Beginning today, July 1st, TiVo will begin providing unique offers to dedicated customers that have owned a TiVo DVR for at least one year and are ready to upgrade to an HD DVR," the company said in a statement. "TiVo encourages customers to log onto their account through tivo.com as eligible customers can save $50 or...

DISH Network Says it is Investigating Workaround Options for TiVo's "Time Warp" Patent

--However, it Concedes that Doing So May Be Impossible
In a one-sentence filing with a US federal court earlier this week, US satellite-TV provider, DISH Network , said that it is attempting to find another workaround that would enable it to avoid infringing on TiVo's so-called Time Warp Patent. The company "is investigating other potential design-around options, but at this stage, does not know whether a further design-around is even possible," the filing stated, according to a report by Bloomberg News. In a ruling...

DISH Ordered to Pay TiVo an Additional $103 Million (Plus Interest) in "Time Warp" Patent Case

--Is Found in Contempt of Court, Must Disable Features on its DVR's
US District Judge David Folsom ruled Tuesday that DISH Network (formerly EchoStar Communications) owes TiVo $103 million (plus interest) in additional damages in the so-called "Time Warp" patent case between the companies, that it must disable certain features on DVR's that it offers its subscribers (according to news agency, Reuters, all but 193,000 of DISH's appro ximately 4 million deployed DVR's will be affected), and that its efforts to find a workaround for technologies that...