Dish sues Univision for streaming patents

Satellite operator filed a federal lawsuit against Univision. Dish states that Hispanic network OTTs , including Univision Now, the Univisión application, and Univisión Deportes, violate four of their patents that cover streaming with adaptive transfer speed.

From Univision, company representatives expressed  that there is no type of patent infringement: ‘As we previously informed Dish, we are not in violation of any of its patents, so we intend to defend ourselves vigorously against these allegations’.

Dish’s lawsuit requests  a permanent injunction prohibiting the use of patents by Univision and securing financial compensation for damages caused. The original owner of the four patents cited in Dish’s lawsuit was Move Networks, an adaptive bit-rate streaming technology startup that Dish’s EchoStar acquired in 2011 for USD 45 million.

Lawsuit was established around seven months after Dish removed Univision’s networks from DishLatino and Dish’s offer after contractual problems. This is not the first time that both companies face legal conflicts. Dish sued Univision for distributing Mexico’s Liga MX matches for free in English through Facebook, and Univision answered with a lawsuit against it, accusing the company of offering false advertising by stating that Univisión was still available in its catalogs.