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Florida Federal Court Grants Judgment and Injunction Against SetTV

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  • Florida Federal Court Grants Judgment and Injunction Against SetTV

    DISH Network L.L.C. and NagraStar LLC (collectively “DISH”) are pleased to announce the successful resolution of their federal court action against Set Broadcast LLC and its principals (collectively “the SetTV Defendants” and together with DISH “the Parties”). The judgment and injunction against the SetTV service marks a significant victory in the ongoing fight against pay-TV piracy, and a win for consumers who subscribe to legitimate pay-TV services.

    DISH filed suit against the SetTV Defendants on May 3, 2018 based on their operation of a streaming television platform (“SetTV”) that was used to rebroadcast programming content obtained from a DISH Network satellite signal without authorization. The SetTV service was in operation for approximately 16 months, from February 2017 through June 2018. Through the litigation, DISH asserted claims against the SetTV Defendants for violations of the Federal Communications Act, 47 U.S.C. 605(a) and (e)(4). On June 4, 2018, the Middle District of Florida Granted DISH’s Motion for Temporary Restraining Order which effectively shut down the SetTV service and imposed an asset freeze and evidence preservation obligations on the SetTV Defendants.

    Following extensive discovery, DISH and the SetTV Defendants reached a confidential settlement agreement. Pursuant to that agreement, the Parties filed stipulated facts and admissions of liability by the SetTV Defendants, along with an agreed judgment and permanent injunction that was entered by the Court on October 24, 2018. In compliance with the Court’s injunction, the SetTV service has been shut down permanently and the websites used to operate the service, along with all remaining inventory of receivers and subscription codes, will be forfeited for destruction.

    DISH Network and NagraStar continue their efforts to investigate and take legal action against anyone involved in the circumvention of their security technology or the resulting rebroadcast or theft of DISH content or services.

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