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Appeals Court Sides with Dish’s AutoHop

31 Jul, 2013 By: Doug McPherson

SAN FRANCISCO – Dish Network is enjoying yet another victory for its Hopper set-top box that features AutoHop, a tool that lets consumers skip TV ads, and PrimeTime Anytime, which lets consumers record and save prime-time shows on ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox. AutoHop also lets viewers replay certain PrimeTime Anytime recordings commercial-free the day after broadcast.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit agreed with a lower court’s November decision rejecting Fox Broadcasting Co.’s efforts to stop Dish from including AutoHop and PrimeTime Anytime features.

R. Stanton Dodge, a Dish Network attorney, said the decision was a victory for American consumers in an “important fight over the fundamental rights of consumer choice and control.”

A statement from Fox reads: “We are disappointed in the court’s ruling, even though the bar to secure a preliminary injunction is very high. This is not about consumer choice or advances in technology. It is about a company devising an unlicensed, unauthorized service that clearly infringes our copyrights and violates our contract.”

Analysts believe more legal challenges will appear.

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