EchoStar beats Forgent's patent suit, makes chumps out of DirecTV et al.

EchoStar's just making everybody else look bad. After DirecTV and the cable companies caved to Forgent's patent demands and setteled out of court to the tune of $28 million, EchoStar (Dish Network's parent company) has bested Forgent in court, and a judge yesterday denied Forgent a new trial. EchoStar is getting $90k for its trouble. This follows a jury verdict in May which invalidated Forgent's patent, which pertained to digital video recorders.