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EchoStar President Cautious on Prospects for Cable Deployment of its tru2way-Based T2200S HD DVR

--In Response to Cable Operators' Concerns, Box Now Allows Limits on Its Placeshifting Capabilities
In a conference call with financial analysts, Monday, following the company's release of its second-quarter results, EchoStar Technologies president, Mark Jackson, provided a fairly cautious-sounding update on the prospects for a cable deployment of the T2200S, a tru2way-based, "Slingloaded" (note: the latter is a term that has been trademarked by EchoStar to designate its non-Sling Media-branded set-top boxes that offer TV place-shifting and other Sling Media capabilities), multi-tuner HD DVR that has been designed specifically...

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...

DISH Network Launches Remote DVR Management

US satellite-TV provider, DISH Network , has launched a service called DISH Remote Access that allows its subscribers to manage their DVR-equipped receivers remotely from any Internet-connected device (note: a similar service has been offered by rival DirecTV for some time now). According to DISH Network, the service, which is offered at no additional cost to subscribers equipped with the company's broadband-connected ViP Series DVR's, incorporates a comprehensive search functionality that looks for desired content...

DISH Network News:

--Signs VOD Deals with Gravitas Ventures, Eurocinema
--Offers Multiscreen ITV App for US Elections
--Launches New DVR Products
--Signs Audience Measurement Deal with Rentrak Satellite TV provider, DISH Network, has generated a fair amount of interactive TV-related news over the past few weeks:
--The company has signed an agreement with Gravitas Ventures, a VOD content distributor that offers around 2,500 hours of feature films (available before or "day-and-date" with DVD...

DirecTV Launches French Open Tennis, GameSearch Applications

Satellite TV provider, DirecTV, recently offered an interactive TV
application to accompany its coverage of the French Open tennis
tournament. Dubbed French Open Interactive and available from May
25th through June 1st, the application was developed by DirecTV in
partnership with the Tennis Channel and ESPN2. It offered complete
coverage of play on five courts during the tournament's first six days,
and eight hours of coverage on Saturday, May 31st and Sunday, June
1st: according to DirecTV, the service offered a total of 350 hours of
tournament coverage. At the core of the service was a "mix" channel
that allowed viewers to watch up to six live matches simultaneously,

[itvt] Interview: Steven Roberts and Tyler Slocum, DirecTV

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In this recorded episode of [itvt]'s talk radio show, "The TV of Tomorrow Show with Tracy Swedlow," Steven Roberts , SVP of new media and business development at DirecTV , and Tyler Slocum , the company's senior director of ITV and DVR services, provide an update on DirecTV's interactive TV offerings. Topics discussed include usage statistics for DirecTV's various ITV services, the company's ITV strategy, its future ITV and DVR plans, and more. To listen...

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