EchoStar Communications, operator of the Dish Network US digital satellite TV service, is to pay a $100m settlement to TV stations ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox affiliates. The settlement follows a long-running dispute over the broadcasting of network channels outside subscribers' home regions.
Though some Fox affiliates agreed to the 'distant channels' pact, which has to be approved by a federal court judge, others have complained about the amount they are due to receive.
Wall Street analysts had predicted a much higher settlement fee.
Last week EchoStar won a stay of execution after a federal appeals court temporarily blocked an order that would have forced it to disable millions of its digital video recorders in a dispute with TiVo.
In April a US court ruled in favour of TiVo which claimed EchoStar had infringed its patented 'time warp' technology, allowing users to watch one television show while simultaneously recording another.
Lovelace Consulting | 30.08.2006