Voom-EchoStar Trial Delayed Until Monday

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The trial between Charlie Ergen’s EchoStar and the Dolan family’s shuttered Voom HD service was postponed till Monday.

The court did not have enough potential jurors to begin the section process, according to analyst Thomas Claps, of Susquehanna Financial Group.

Claps says that at the end of the court session, Judge Richard Lowe III “encouraged the parties to engage in discussions” aimed at settling the matter.

Voom, which was part of Rainbow Media, the predecessor company to AMC Networks, sued EchoStar for $2.4 billion charging that the satellite distributor breached a 15 year contract to carry the suite of HD channel.

Yesterday, Judge Lowe, made several rulings that seemed to go in Voom’s favor.

A settlement could include restored carriage for AMC Networks cable channels, which have been blacked out on Dish Network since July.  AMC Networks claims that ts channels were pulled by Dish to give it leverage in talks to settle the suit.

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