On Monday, EchoStar exhausted the last of its legal avenues for restoring distant broadcast network services to its customers, as the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider EchoStar’s appeal of a nationwide injunction, handed down by the U.S. District Court in Miami at the request of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, that shut down EchoStar’s distant network service on December 1. The high court’s action leaves EchoStar to pursue legislative remedies that would permit the company to transmit the signals of distant broadcast networks to subscribers who are incapable of receiving the signals of local affiliates over-the-air. (In a ruling handed down last May, the Eleventh Circuit sided with the NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox broadcast networks in finding that EchoStar had willfully violated tenets of the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act (SHVIA) by offering distant network channels to subscribers deemed ineligible for such service under SHVIA.) Although lawmakers introduced a bill late in the last congressional session that would enable EchoStar to offer distant broadcast network services under certain conditions, it is unclear whether EchoStar will push for similar legislation in the session that opened earlier this month. Citing its capacity lease agreement with NPS which the broadcasters fought unsuccessfully to block, EchoStar responded to the news of the Supreme Court decision by asserting: “our customers who used to subscribe to distant network channels have a broad variety of alternatives available to them to minimize disruption, including an over-the-air antenna, lifeline cable or contacting another satellite provider, such as [NPS], to see if they are eligible . . . for distant network channels.”