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A TiVo Inc. lawsuit accusing EchoStar Communications Corp. of stealing its technology that lets viewers pause, replay or fast-forward live television has been delayed until March. The trial was scheduled to begin Monday and last three weeks but federal District Court Judge David Folsom said he was delaying the case because the courtroom in Marshall, Texas, was only available for two weeks. TiVo charged that EchoStar, which operates the Dish Network satellite-TV system, infringed on its patent for the “multimedia time-warping system” technology used in digital-video recorders. TiVo’s name became synonymous with the technology that lets viewers skip through commercials on live television. EchoStar rushed to offer its own version, which it promotes free as an enticement to new customers. Alviso, Calif.-based TiVo is seeking lost royalties and triple damages on the charge that Englewood, Colo.-based EchoStar willfully stole its technology. TiVo sold many of its recorders through a deal with an EchoStar competitor, DirecTV, operated by The DirecTV Group Inc. of El Segundo, Calif. DirecTV has more than 2 million TiVo customers but is now promoting its own box, a spokesman said. Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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