Deborah D. McAdams /
07.10.2012 12:51 AM
Broadcasters vs. Dish Auto Hop To Be Heard in to L.A.
LOS ANGELES: The lawsuit brought by broadcasters against Dish Network over a new commercial-skipping set-top box will be heard in Los Angeles, published reports indicate. Fox, NBCUniversal and CBS sued Dish over the “Auto Hop” feature in its latest set-top box. Auto Hop skips ads only in Dish’s Primetime Anywhere service, which enables automatic recording of Big Four network programming.

The broadcast networks sued in Los Angeles, claiming copyright infringement. Dish countersued in New York. U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain of the Manhattan ruled that the suits would be heard in Los Angeles, according to Bloomberg. The judge noted that Dish filed less than 24 hours after news leaked that the networks planned to sue. Swain said Dish’s preemptive strike was “improperly participatory.”


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Posted by: Anonymous
Tue, 07-10-2012 08:44 AM Report Comment
I don’t understand the lawsuits over Auto Hop. Do they really think people with DVRs sit through the massive amount of commercials on shows they have pre-recorded? And it’s not like it’s a new thing: I’ve been fast forwarding through commercials back before DVRs were around, back in the days of VCRs. When I can catch a show while it’s on I don’t mind watching the commercials (if you count leaving the room ‘watching’), but if I watch something I’ve pre-recorded, why shouldn’t I fast forward through them? And I DVR just about everything because they cram so many commercials in, and with a full time job at Dish, a family, and being on a bowling league, I don’t have a lot of free time. So I’m all for Auto Hop. It helps me squeeze just a little bit more out of my limited free time.
Posted by: Anonymous
Tue, 07-10-2012 05:44 PM Report Comment
I don’t believe where the case is held will have much influence on the verdict. The Auto Hop was only designed to give customers more control of their television watching experience and it has done just that. Before heading into my office at Dish I watch last night’s news. Now that I don’t have to sit through commercials, I can grab a bit to eat before going in.
Posted by: Anonymous
Thu, 07-12-2012 10:15 AM Report Comment
Since the networks are located on a single transponder, the Hopper can record 4 channels with a single tuner. Assuming DISH prevails in court, how long before the auto-hop function can be applied to other blocks of channels on a single transponder? ESPN without commercials? That could be bloody!
Posted by: Anonymous
Fri, 07-13-2012 12:02 PM Report Comment
Anonymous at 8:44am clearly misses the reason there is broadcast media. It is to sell product to consumers. The stuff between commercials is just to keep the public tuning in. Revenue at networks is based on measurement of how many people have watched the commercials. If you told me I had to give away a portion of my income stream that I invested so much time and money in, I'd be looking to take you to court too. The more people using "auto-hop", the smaller the count of the multiplier that is used to define my income. That is what the uproar is about. Does this strike anyone here as correct

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