Court Orders Dish Network to Shut Down DVRs

Court Orders Dish Network to Shut Down DVRs

Dish Network is in trouble with the US Court of Appeals over its use of TiVo. TiVo is trying to get a full injunction against Dish Network while Dish is suggesting that they will appeal the ruling. Read more details here.


According to, a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington supported the ruling of a lower court, forcing Dish Network to shut down digital video recorders that are in violation of the patents held by TiVo.

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In a statement about the new ruling Dish Network representatives said that the company would appeal the ruling:

"Dish Network and EchoStar are pleased that the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously vacated the district court's contempt ruling regarding our software design around. We are disappointed, however, that the Federal Circuit, in a 7-5 split decision, has affirmed the district court's ruling on the disablement question. We intend to seek review of that part of the decision by the United States Supreme Court and seek a stay of the injunction while doing so.

"We also will be making a motin to dissolve the injunction based on TiVo's recent representations to the Patent and Trademark Office substantially limiting the scope of the claims at issue in this case."

Current Dish Network customers with DVRs will not be impacted, at least for the time being.

TiVo, of course, welcomed the decision as a victory and will hope to get a permanent injunction against Dish Network.

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