ABC Loses Attempt to Block Dish’s Hopper

Judge shoots down network’s effort to block Dish’s ad-skipping feature

Last Updated: July 16, 2014 @ 3:03 PM

Sorry, ABC: Dish’s AutoHop feature will continue to jump right over your commercials.

Dish scored a victory in U.S. District Court in New York on Wednesday, as Judge Laura Swain struck down ABC’s effort to have the PrimeTime Anytime and AutoHop features on Dish’s Hopper service blocked.

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Dish executive vice president and general counsel R. Stanton Dodge hailed the judge’s ruling as a “victory for American consumers” and noted that the ruling represented a pattern of legal wins for Dish in the battle over its Hopper service.

“This decision is yet another victory for American consumers, and we are proud to have stood by their side in this important fight over the fundamental rights of consumer choice and control,” Dodge said. “This is the third federal court decision that has sided with Dish on consumers’ right to enjoy television as they want, when they want, including the right to skip commercials, if they so choose.”

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NBC, CBS and Fox are also locked in legal battles with Dish over its AutoHop feature.  Last November, a judge in U.S. District Court in Central California denied Fox’s request for a preliminary injunction against AutoHop.