Dish Ordered To Shut Down Patent Violating DVRs - Dish Upgrading Customers

Posted Fri Apr 22, 2011 at 09:00 AM PDT by Dick Ward

A federal court has ruled that certain Dish DVRs violate patents held by TiVo.

Bad news for Dish Network could actually be good news for Dish subscribers. In a ruling made earlier this week, a federal court has ruled that certain Dish DVRs violate patents held by TiVo. That means they'd have to disable every one of the DVRs cited in the case.

"The disablement ruling covers only certain older generation MPEG2 DVRs," Dish said in an official statement. They say that many of the customers using the old DVRs have already been upgraded, and the new DVRs provided by the company do not violate this patent.

"If we are unsuccessful in obtaining a stay, we will work as quickly as possible to upgrade the remaining customers to our current generation DVRs, as these are not at issue in the ruling," says Dish, which means upgrades may be in the future for those using the older tech.

Dish is still going to try and take this up to the next level, but the folks at TiVo seem confident that they'll win out in the end.

Source: TWICE

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