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Thursday, May 24,2012

Fox Sues Dish Network Over Auto Hop Ad-Skipper

Fox has sued Dish Network over its new Hopper service, which allows consumers to skip television ads. At the same time, Dish has filed its own lawsuit against all four broadcast networks seeking a declaration as to the legality of its new service.

Fox issued the following statement on Thursday:

We were given no choice but to file suit against one of our largest distributors, DISH Network, because of their surprising move to market a product with the clear goal of violating copyrights and destroying the fundamental underpinnings of the broadcast television ecosystem. Their wrongheaded decision requires us to take swift action in order to aggressively defend the future of free, over-the-air television.

The Fox suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Thursday on behalf of Fox Broadcasting, 20th Century Fox Film Corp. and Fox Television Holdings, accused Dish of copyright infringement and breach of contract.


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I don’t understand why CBS, FOX, & NBC execs don’t want us to enjoy commercial-free TV. I’m a DISH employee – AutoHop is great because you can easily watch commercial-free TV. Public Knowledge, a consumer advocacy group, is taking a stand for consumers by creating a petition that tells CBS, FOX, & NBC media to keep their hands out of your living room & DVR. Sign their petition to keep control of how you watch TV http://bit.ly/KFdn1Q



I understand how the new Auto Hop feature may disrupt the flow of the current business model but I commend Dish on their move to further please their customers. With college and working full time at Dish I found myself only watching bits and pieces of Hell’s Kitchen. Now, with the new Auto Hop feature, I can enjoy my entire program and even squeeze in a few minutes of the news.