Will Dish Network Really Have To Disable Its Subscriber’s DVRs?
As I’ve written many times, TiVo’s effectively no longer in the business of selling DVRs (they sell so few as to not matter in the marketplace), but their business of enforcing their intellectual property rights is looking good!
Dish Network may be forced to disable as many as 8 million of its DVRs within a month, after the satellite TV operator lost an appeals court decision Thursday in its years-long battle with TiVo. Moreover, Dish could even lose the ability to offer a DVR altogether, according to Sanford Bernstein analyst Craig Moffett.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a lower court’s contempt ruling against Dish and EchoStar, under which the companies would pay at least $300 million to TiVo.
via Multichannel News.
I’m not a lawyer, nor do I play one on TV, but I can’t imagine it comes to Dish Network having to disable its subscriber’s DVRs. Dish will likely be writing TiVo a big check, maybe lots of recurring big checks, but disabling its existing DVRs is a death sentence and will not happen.