WASHINGTON, DC: The US Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by EchoStar
and its satellite unit Dish Networks
against an earlier ruling that they had illegally used software developed by TiVo
. The duo were ordered to pay the DVR pioneer around $104 million (€76m; £59m).
A federal appeals court had previously ruled
that EchoStar and Dish had violated TiVo's patent on a system enabling viewers to watch one program while recording another on their DVRs.
A Dish statement in response to the decision reads: "Because of the Supreme Court's decision, we will pay TiVo approximately $104 million.
"The money is in an escrow account and will be released to Tivo in the next few days."
A ruling on whether EchoStar has to pay further damages to TiVo because it did not turn off its DVRs when ordered to do so by the courts – instead using a "work-around" not infringing TiVo's rights – is still to be decided.
Speaking about this matter, Dish says: "We believe that the design-around does not infringe TiVo's patent and that TiVo's pending motion for contempt should be denied."
Data sourced from Reuters; additional content by WARC staff