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News Round-Up

--Bebo Freezes Commissioning of Original Web TV Programming
--BT Vision Gained Only 3,000 Net New Subs in Most Recent Quarter
--Banse: Comcast On Demand Online to Launch Before Chanukkah
--EchoStar Developing IPTV App Store
--Espial in IPTV Deal with Tele2 Netherlands, Four VOD Deals with US Telcos
--Motorola Said to Be Set to Purchase BitBand, Looking to Sell Set-Top Business
--MTV Networks to Use Sky's Green Button Interactive TV Advertising Service
--YouTube to Support 1080p HD Video
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Social networking company, Bebo, has frozen its commissioning of original Web programming, as part of across-the-board cutbacks by its corporate parent, AOL. Notable original Web programs that have been offered by the company over the years include "KateModern," "Sofia's Diary" and "The Gap Year." BT revealed last week that its Microsoft Mediaroom-powered hybrid DTT/IPTV service, BT Vision,...

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 Seeking $1 Billion in Contempt-of-Court Sanctions from DISH Network and EchoStar

--Hearing Scheduled for July 28th
TiVo is seeking nearly $1 billion in damages from DISH Network and EchoStar in the so-called "Time Warp" DVR technology patent case between the companies. The figure was revealed in a July 13th filing by DISH Network and EchoStar (first brought to light by blogger, Dave Zatz) in response to a June 26th sealed motion by TiVo, in which the latter laid out its case for the sanctions that should be imposed on DISH Network...

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...

Appeals Court Temporarily Stays Order Requiring DISH to Disable its DVR's

A US appeals court has temporarily stayed part of the ruling issued by Judge David Folsom Tuesday in the so-called "Time Warp " patent case betwee n TiVo and DISH Network (note: for a detailed overview of the ruling and of the history of the Time Warp patent case, see the article posted on itvt.com June 3rd). In addition to ruling that DISH Network must pay TiVo an additional $103 million, plus interest, in damages...

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...

Round-Up of Recent Interactive TV News from DISH Network

--Fandango Application, Interactive TV Awards, and More
Last week, [itvt] reported that US satellite-TV provider, DISH Network, had recently teamed with Ensequence and History on an interactive TV application to enhance History's channel presence on the DISH Network platform. Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related news stories from DISH Network:
--Last month, the company launched a Fandango-branded application on its DishHome interactive TV portal (channel 100), that allows viewers to use their remotes to purchase movie...

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--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 releases), documentaries,...

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...

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