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TiVo Statement on Developments in Lawsuit Against EchoStar

Monty Solomon (
Wed, 24 May 2006 15:32:40 -0400

TiVo Statement on Developments in Lawsuit Against EchoStar
- May 24, 2006 10:18 AM (PR Newswire)

ALVISO, Calif., May 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq:
TIVO), the creator of and a leader in television services for digital
video recorders (DVR), today offered the following comment on the
recent developments in the lawsuit against EchoStar Communications

"The level of misleading spin that EchoStar is putting out with
respect to our patent case against them is quite extraordinary.
We are pleased to state that the USPTO issued its first Office
Action in the reexamination. The USPTO reexamined all 61 claims
set forth in the Barton patent confirming the validity of most of
the claims, including two of the claims that EchoStar has been
found to have willfully infringed. In the Office Action, the
USPTO expressly rejected the invalidity arguments put forward by
EchoStar. While certain of the patent claims were rejected by the
patent office, this should in no way impact the jury verdict. We
will now be given an opportunity with the patent office to discuss
our claims which we believe should result in a reaffirmed and
strengthened patent. We will provide a real understanding of how
this process works on our earnings call after close of market

Founded in 1997, TiVo pioneered a brand new category of products with
the development of the first commercially available digital video
recorder (DVR). Sold through leading consumer electronic retailers,
TiVo has developed a brand which resonates boldly with consumers as
providing a superior television experience. Through agreements with
leading satellite and cable providers, TiVo also integrates its full
set of DVR service features into the set-top boxes of mass
distributors. TiVo's DVR functionality and ease of use, with such
features as Season Pass(TM) recordings and WishList(R) searches, has
elevated its popularity among consumers and has created a whole new
way for viewers to watch television. With a continued investment in
its patented technologies, TiVo is revolutionizing the way consumers
watch and access home entertainment. Rapidly becoming the focal point
of the digital living room, TiVo's DVR is at the center of
experiencing new forms of content on the TV, such as broadband
delivered video, music and photos. With innovative features such as,
TiVoToGo(TM) and online scheduling, TiVo is expanding the notion of
consumers experiencing "TiVo, TV your way." The TiVo(R) service is
also at the forefront of providing innovative marketing solutions for
the television industry, including a unique platform for advertisers
and audience measurement research. The company is based in Alviso,

-0- 05/24/2006
/CONTACT: Jeffrey Weir of Sloane & Company, +1-212-446-1878/
CO: TiVo Inc.; EchoStar Communications Corporation
ST: California

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