Army,army1 said:you lost your distant locals by court order, and yes the dvr may be next.
Yes, that subscriber did lose his distant services, although Dish now has another avenue for subscribers that qualify for Distant services to get them, although from different cities.
While its possible Dish could lose the patent infringment suit with TIVO, there is NO WAY that Dish can afford to lose the ability for Dish subscribers to use their Dish Network DVR's. There are several possible outcomes, but in each one Dish will have DVR service is some form. The Most likely would be paying a royality payment to TIVO "IF" Dish loses the litigation. TIVO has more to lose. If TIVO loses this suit the writing is on the wall. Without being able to SHAKE down other providers into paying the royality payment and without the cash reserves for another long Litigation, their in HUGE TROUBLE.
Dish has enough cash reserves to totally buyout TIVO, while that isn't as likely Dish does have that option.
Just to be clear TIVO was NOT the first DVR on the market. When the case gets to Federal courts TIVO will have a much harder time proving their case.