Ramsey: TiVo Shared DVR Tech with Dish


TiVo Inc. shared details of its digital-video-recorder technology with EchoStar Communications Corp., aiming at a deal in which the direct-broadcast satellite provider would pay it for using its set-tops, similar to its arrangement with DirecTV Inc., cofounder and former CEO Michael Ramsey testified Wednesday, according to AP.

TiVo’s patent-infringement lawsuit against began Wednesday in Marshall, Texas.

Ramsey claimed that negotiations between the two companies were "mostly one-way," and that EchoStar’s Dish Network began selling its own boxes using TiVo technology, AP reported.

In his opening statement, EchoStar attorney Harold McElhinny said the company came up with its own technology that differs from TiVo in several ways, adding that EchoStar’s box doesn't translate analog signals into digital because satellite systems are already digital, according to AP.

"We have 1,500 engineers at EchoStar,” he added. “We built it ourselves.”

TiVo is seeking unspecified damages.

EchoStar filed a countersuit against TiVo, scheduled for trial next year in federal court in Texarkana, Texas, according to AP.