DISH Network L.L.C. and NagraStar L.L.C. secured another significant victory today in their fight against satellite TV piracy.
On May 25, 2011, the United States District Court for the Central District of California entered a consent Final Judgment and Permanent Injunction against Warren Scheibe, www.nFusionOnline.com, and Scheibe’s distribution companies, Forward Motion Products, LLC and Forward Motion, Inc. DISH Network and NagraStar filed suit against Scheibe, based in Riverside, Calif., and his companies in June 2010 for their role in the marketing and distribution of nFusion-brand receivers and components.
The Court’s order prevents the defendants from marketing or distributing similar devices in the future and awarded DISH Network and NagraStar a judgment in the amount of $25 million against the distribution companies. Scheibe has also forfeited his substantial remaining nFusion inventory to NagraStar for destruction, as well as turned over the various nFusion-related websites used for marketing and online product sales. The Court’s permanent injunction further prevents the defendants from any future assistance in circumvention, which will carry a statutory penalty of up to $110,000 per violation.
NagraStar and DISH Network continue to investigate and prosecute individuals who engage in the circumvention of the NagraStar security technology or theft of DISH Network programming.
About DISH Network
DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), through its subsidiary DISH Network L.L.C., provides more than 14.19 million satellite TV customers, as of March 31, 2011, with the highest quality programming and technology with the most choices at the best value, including HD Free for Life. Subscribers enjoy industry-leading customer satisfaction, the largest high definition line-up with more than 200 national HD channels, the most international channels, and award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH Network’s subsidiary, Blockbuster L.L.C., delivers family entertainment to millions of customers around the world. DISH Network Corporation is a Fortune 200 company. Visit www.dish.com.
NagraStar L.L.C. is a joint-venture between EchoStar Corporation and the Kudelski Group. NagraStar supplies conditional access systems and security access devices and services to DISH Network and Bell ExpressVu Limited Partnership (operating as Bell TV). NagraStar also offers these partners direct support, maintenance, security field investigations and implementation of new solutions in response to the rapid evolutions of the pay TV market.