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Dish Quietly Tweaks Ad-Skipping DVR

26 Jul, 2012 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Dish Network has quietly incorporated a few adjustments to AutoHop — the controversial ad-skipping DVR at the center of litigation with studio-owned media companies.

Changes include enabling subscribers with the option to choose which primetime network channels to record and when to delete recorded programming. Previously, the Hopper automatically recorded all primetime programming with a default delete date.

More importantly, the Hopper now comes with the AutoHop option set in the “no” position. Subscribers must manually switch to the “yes” position to engage AutoHop and skip ads on recorded — not live — primetime programming.

CBS, Fox and NBC in May separately sued Dish alleging AutoHop breached their carriage agreements, in addition to violating copyright infringements, among other charges. Dish, in turn, sued the networks for not allowing it to market Hopper via TV spots, among other issues. The cases will be heard separately in California and New York courts.

A Dish spokesperson confirmed the changes, characterizing them as enhancements for consumers, according to Variety, which first reported the story.

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