DISH Network Corporation
) received a favorable ruling against Sonicview usa, Inc. a
distributor of Free-To-Air (FTA) satellite receivers in the
DISH Network managed to realize just $65 million in damages, or
20% of the $325 million it had claimed.
Sonicview Usa was held guilty under the Digital Millennium
Copyright Act because it was caught distributing satellite
receivers to at least 17,500 households in the U.S., thus
facilitating illegal viewing of DISH Network telecasts.
Furthermore, the court ordered Sonicview to destroy the remaining
satellite receivers remaining in its possession.
However, the verdict came as a shock to Sonicview as they
believe that their FTA receivers built by a South Korean firm
Vicxon Corp. are not fully equipped with software to break the
Earlier, DISH Network integrated Auto Hop technology to their
DVR device called Hopper. The new technology enabled users to skip
commercials when watching recorded TV-shows.
Launch of such innovative service has landed them into court
) owned Fox network and
) owned NBC Universal. These major broadcasters believe that DISH
Network has breached the copyright law by manipulating the TV shows
for their own commercial interest. Last year, the company lost a
long pending legal battle with
) for violating their patent rights that resulted in a huge loss
for the company.
Currently, DISH Network has a Zacks #3 Rank, implying a
short-term Hold rating on the stock.
DISH Network Corporation was founded in 1980 and is
headquartered in Englewood, Colorado. The company, together with
its subsidiaries operates the DISH Network direct broadcast
satellite (DBS) subscription television service in the U.S.
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