Disney & DISH Settle Legal Issues Over Hopper, Primetime Anytime With Big Deal

The satellite company agrees to disable its commercial-skipping function on ABC

Last Updated: August 4, 2014 @ 11:09 AM

The Walt Disney Company and DISH Network have put away their grievances in what it’s calling a “long-term, wide-ranging” deal.

In an announcement Monday, the companies said that they have dropped all legal proceedings against each other, including those surrounding DISH’s PrimeTime Anytime and AutoHop features.

DISH has agreed to disable its AutoHop functionality for ABC content within the Live+3 ratings window. The deal also provides a structure that allows the companies to revisit the agreement with emerging and future advertising models, including dynamic ad insertion, advertising on mobile devices and extended advertising measurement periods.

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In exchange, Disney grants DISH the rights to carry its company’s programming across televisions, computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and connected devices.

It also gives DISH customers access to the Watch ESPN, WATCH Disney, WATCH ABC Family and WATCH ABC apps.

That includes the rights to stream linear and video-on-demand content from the ABC-owned broadcast stations, ABC Family, Disney Channel, ESPN and ESPN2 via online.

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“The creation of this agreement has really been about predicting the future of television with a visionary and forward-leaning partner,” said DISH’s chief executive officer and president, Joseph P. Clayton. “Not only will the exceptional Disney, ABC, ESPN entertainment portfolio continue to delight our customers today, but we have a model from which to deliver exciting new services tomorrow.”


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