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Update: Federal court reverses injunction against Dish Network's DVRs

Update: Federal court reverses injunction against Dish Network's DVRs

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A federal court today has temporarily blocked the injunction against satellite broadcaster EchoStar Communications, parent company of Dish Network, that would have required the company to cease sales and operation of its DVR devices. At the moment, Dish can continue with business as usual, according to the stay.

Yesterday a Texas judge ordered EchoStar to disable its DVR service within 30 days. The order would have affected "several million" Dish DVRs, nearly all of those on the market today. The judge further denied EchoStar's request for an injunction staying the order pending appeal.

I'm no legal expert, but I would be very surprised if EchoStar actually had to shut down any of its DVRs. EchoStar was strongly encouraged by the Texas judge to strike a licensing deal with TiVo, and fought back with appeals. Both DVR heavy-hitters Comcast and DirecTV have already inked deals with TiVo.

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