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Dish Working on Another Work-Around

10:55 AM -- Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) and its EchoStar Corp. (Nasdaq: SATS) tech spinoff are trying to develop a new system that will "work around" TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO)'s "Time Warp" patent, the subject of a lengthy legal battle that TiVo has gotten the best of so far.

But it doesn’t appear that Dish is extremely confident that it will succeed in doing so.

Dish, "is investigating other potential design-around options, but at this stage, does not know whether a further design-around is even possible," Dish revealed Monday in a federal court filing, according to The Denver Post.

In the latest round in this battle, a federal court found Dish/EchoStar in contempt of court and ordered them to pay TiVo another $103 million. It also gave Dish 30 days to disable the DVR functionality in about 4 million receivers that allegedly violate the TiVo patent. The court, however, awarded a temporary stay of that injunction, and Dish still thinks it has "strong grounds for an appeal." (See EchoStar, Dish to Pay TiVo $103M and Court Grants Dish a Stay.)

Meanwhile, over at the ZatzNotFunny blog, Davis Freeberg has been postulating a scenario in which Dish chief Charlie Ergen would take yet another gamble and attempt a hostile TiVo takeover.

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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