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TiVo Suit Vs. EchoStar to Begin This Week

Monty Solomon (
Sun, 26 Mar 2006 23:38:10 -0500

By DAVID KOENIG AP Business Writer

DALLAS (AP) -- In a case beginning this week, a Texas jury will be
asked to decide whether satellite-TV giant EchoStar Communications
Corp. stole TiVo Inc.'s technology that lets viewers skip the

TiVo claims that EchoStar, which operates the Dish satellite network,
violated TiVo patent on technology used to record one program while
playing back another. TiVo is seeking unspecified damages.

The trial is scheduled to start Wednesday in U.S. district court in
Marshall, 150 miles east of Dallas, and last about two weeks.

If TiVo wins, it could sue cable companies that offer other set-top
boxes or at least force them to pay licensing fees. Defeat would
probably relegate TiVo to a niche place in the market it created,
analysts say.


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