A three-judge appeals court panel signaled Oct. 4 it is likely to rule at least partly in favor of TiVo Inc. in its patent dispute with EchoStar Communications Corp.

EchoStar is seeking to overturn a lower court decision last year that ruled the Englewood, Colo.-based satellite broadcaster had infringed on patented TiVo technology that allows viewers to record one program while watching another. The court awarded TiVo $89.6 million in damages.