DISH Network Hopes Spurned By Fox Lawsuit

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Fox has filed a lawsuit in an attempt to block the Dish network from distributing its new set top box.

DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH) began to ship a new version of its Hopper set top box just over a week ago. The new technology, hotly demanded by some, is the subject of an attempted blocking move by Fox, a subsidiary of News Corp (NASDAQ:NWSA) (NASDAQ:NWS). This news comes on top of other recent lawsuits that have sought to prevent the company’s growth.

The new set top box contains a technology called Sling. The service offers “place shifting.” That’s a fancy term for allowing users to record and watch live television on the go via the internet. Because DISH Network Corp. (NASDAQ:DISH) has offered the technology for years, it was hoped that it could avoid a lawsuit based on it. Not so says a suit filed by the Fox group in a federal lawsuit.

The suit was filed with Judge Dolly Gee of the U.S. Circuit Court in California. Last November, Judge Gee rejected a Fox application for a preliminary injunction against the set top box. That suit had been filed against the 2011 version of the firm’s technology. This suit has now been amended to reflect the company’s new set top box technology.
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