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August 19, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A federal appeals court temporarily blocked a trial judge's order that EchoStar Communications Corp., parent of the Dish satellite-TV service, disable more than 3 million digital video recorders. The appeals court blocked an injunction issued Thursday by a federal district judge in Texarkana, Ark. The injunction stemmed from a jury decision in April that EchoStar infringed Alviso, Calif.-based TiVo Inc.'
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August 17, 2006 | From Reuters
A joint venture of rival satellite television providers DirecTV Group Inc. and EchoStar Communications Corp. bowed out of a multibillion-dollar auction Wednesday of U.S. licenses for advanced wireless services. Analysts said the bidding probably got too high for the companies, which could instead pursue partnerships or acquisitions to add high-speed wireless Internet service to their product lineups to meet growing consumer demand.
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July 17, 2006 | Sallie Hofmeister and Thomas Mulligan, Times Staff Writers
Since it began in 1983, the annual conference for top money managers and investors sponsored by Wall Street power broker Herbert Allen Jr. has been a barometer of the shifting sands of the media landscape. In the early days, News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch and maverick cable TV tycoon John Malone were the top draws of the exclusive event. At this year's event, held last week at the Sun Valley Resort, Internet billionaires were the belles of the ball.
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June 10, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
DirecTV Group Inc. of El Segundo and EchoStar Communications Corp., the top two U.S. satellite television broadcasters, agreed to resell high-speed Internet service provided by closely held WildBlue Communications. DirecTV and Englewood, Colo.-based EchoStar each will offer Denver-based WildBlue's service for five years, the companies said. Terms were not disclosed. DirecTV and EchoStar plan to sell the Internet service to their TV customers as well as to non-customers.
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May 25, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
EchoStar Communications Corp. was barred by a federal appeals court from delivering distant network signals to subscribers in a victory for local broadcasters. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta upheld a 2003 ruling in favor of the affiliates of ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX and the FOX TV network. The broadcasters accused EchoStar of violating federal copyright law by bypassing local affiliates and airing network programs beamed from stations in cities such as New York and Los Angeles.
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May 24, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
TiVo Inc., which created the market for digital video recorders, has asked a judge to shut down a competing service offered by EchoStar Communications Corp. because it's infringing a patent. A jury found in April that EchoStar was violating TiVo's patent for products that let a viewer record one TV program while watching another. U.S. District Judge David Folsom, who presided over the case in Texarkana, Texas, is to oversee a trial next month on whether the patent can be enforced.
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April 14, 2006 | Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writer
TiVo Inc. on Thursday won a pivotal patent infringement lawsuit that might allow it to pause and rewind the marketplace the way its pioneering digital video recorders do with live TV. A federal jury in Texas awarded TiVo $73.9 million after finding that satellite dish provider EchoStar Communications Inc. infringed its patents in a case described as "life or death" for the money-losing video recorder company.
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March 30, 2006 | From the Associated Press
TiVo Inc. shared details of its technology with Dish Network, which later used it in its own TiVo-like boxes that can pause and rewind live television programs, a TiVo co-founder said Wednesday. Former Chief Executive Michael Ramsey made the comment during testimony on the first day of TiVo's patent-infringement lawsuit against EchoStar Communications Corp., the parent of Dish Network. Alviso, Calif.
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March 16, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
EchoStar Communications Corp., the second-biggest U.S. satellite television broadcaster, said fourth-quarter profit almost doubled as the company added 330,000 new customers. Net income climbed to $133 million, or 30 cents a share, from $70 million, or 15 cents, a year earlier, the Englewood, Colo.-based company said in a statement Wednesday. Revenue rose 13% to $2.18 billion.
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November 9, 2005 | From Dow Jones/Associated Press
EchoStar Communications Corp.'s third-quarter earnings more than doubled, driven by double-digit revenue growth and the addition of 255,000 net new subscribers during the quarter. The satellite television broadcaster said net income for the period increased to $208.9 million, or 46 cents a share, from $102.3 million, or 22 cents, a year earlier. After accounting for stock options, the company earned $205.6 million, or 45 cents a share -- below Wall Street analysts' average estimate of 47 cents.
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