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Fox Appeals Dish 'AutoHop' Ruling

11 Nov, 2012 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Fox Broadcasting Company, 20th Century Fox Film Corp. and Fox Television Holdings have filed an appeal of a federal court judge’s decision regarding the broadcaster’s injunction motion against Dish Network’s ad-skipping technology embedded in its Whole-Home Hopper digital video recorder.

Fox filed the motion Nov. 9 in the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Ninth Court.

Dish’s Hopper DVR includes the “AutoHop” feature allowing subscribers to skip commercials on recorded — not live — network programming by simply pushing a button.

Specifically, Fox is appealing U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee’s Nov. 7 denial of the injunction motion by Fox to ban Dish from marketing a digital video recorder featuring technology that allows users to automatically skip commercials on primetime programming.

Gee did rule that Fox may have a case regarding copyright infringement and contract obligations involving AutoHop.

Fox is among several TV networks that have filed lawsuits against the satellite operator claiming AutoHop violates retransmission agreements and content copyright, among other claims.

Dish in May filed its own lawsuit in New York against Fox and other networks alleging they conspired to deny the satellite TV operator’s right to air ads about AutoHop.


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