Major TV broadcasters sue Dish Network over ad-skipping technology

CBS, NBC and Fox say Dish’s Hopper DVR constitutes copyright infringement and breach of contract

In bad news for TV junkies, three television networks are suing Dish Network over its new Hopper digital video recorder (DVR), which allows customers to automatically skip television commercials. It looks like viewers may have to suffer through endless ads…or just change the channel during commercial breaks like always.

The Hopper—introduced on May 10—allows viewers to automatically record the primetime lineups of ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC, and then watch those programs without commercials using Dish’s “Auto Hop” technology. The major broadcast networks quickly filed separate suits against Dish on charges including copyright infringement and breach of contract.

Alanna Byrne

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