Don’t worry DISH Network subscribers, DISH Network has no plans to back down and remove their “Auto Hop” feature which allows users to watch recorded shows without having to watch any of the commercials. DISH Network was the first to file a lawsuit in defense of their AutoHop commercial skipping feature in a response to threats from Broadcasters and subsequent suits that have since been filed by Networks such as CBS, FOX, and NBC. “The Lawsuits filed by the networks essentially argue that consumers must watch commercials. We find that proposition absurd and profoundly anti-consumer,” said Dave Shull, senior vice president of Programming for DISH.
In their filings, CBS, NBC and Fox all claim that the AutoHop feature will deprive the broadcaster “of vital means of payment for their works.” DISH strongly disagrees with this statement and claims that through the retransmission fees, or what the networks charge DISH, the customers will end up paying for what would otherwise be free broadcasts that they could get on broadcast TV or Hulu. Dave Shull also states that, “Collectively, the networks reap billions in retransmission fees—fees that are reflected in subscribers’ growing bills. For their money, consumers deserve to use content they pay for as they wish.” For the future DISH Networks hopes that the AutoHop will be reevaluated and put into perspective. The majority of viewers preview their primetime shows live or that same night, what the AutoHop does is incorporate the “commercial skipping” feature as a next day option and only if it is enabled by the user. Stay tuned for updates on this matter. To learn more about the latest news updates for DISH satellite TV service visit us at DISH-Systems.com or call (888)566-3979.
Update (5/31/2012): Wednesday, a federal court judge in New York granted DISH Network’s request for a temporary restraining order preventing Fox and other networks from trying to advance their claims against the satellite television provider in lawsuits that were separately filed last week in Los Angeles. DISH requested that the networks be prevented from separately pursuing their litigation in California until U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain decides whether all of the court cases should be consolidated.