Fox cannot block Dish Network’s commercial-skipping technology

Court rules a copyright infringement case must be resolved first

Nobody wants to watch commercials, except maybe during the Super Bowl, and Dish Network Corp. knows that. Its Hopper digital video recorder (DVR) includes a feature called “AutoHop,” which allows the watcher to press a button and have the DVR automatically skip all commercials during a show.

As one might imagine, broadcasters did not much care for that, and CBS, Fox and NBC all filed lawsuits against Dish Network in May. Fox has now lost its bid to block AutoHop, because a copyright infringement lawsuit needs to be resolved first. Both Dish and Fox issued statements yesterday to that effect, though the ruling itself was filed under seal.

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