Statement From DISH Regarding Dispute With Gannett Broadcasting
ENGLEWOOD, CO -- (Marketwire) -- 10/05/12 -- DISH Network
Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) issued the following statements
attributable to Dave Shull, DISH senior vice president of
"DISH has been unable to reach an agreement with Gannett Broadcasting
because Gannett has made it clear in documented proposals that it
wants DISH to pay a significant penalty for allowing our customers
access to AutoHop, a commercial-skipping technology available on our
Hopper Whole-Home DVR. Consumers have had the right to skip
commercials since the advent of the remote control. We are simply
providing consumers with the choice to watch what they want, when
"We have agreed to pay a significant increase in fees to continue to
carry Gannett's local stations, more than 200 percent, the same as
our closest direct competitor. But Gannett wants money on top of that
for the expressed reason that our customers have access to AutoHop.
We will continue to take a stand for customer choice and control.
"On this issue, we are standing shoulder to shoulder with viewers. We
invite Gannett to join us."
DISH's "AutoHop" feature is an extension of the
Hopper's exclusive PrimeTime Anytime(TM) capability, which allows
viewers, with one click, to record all of the primetime TV
programming on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC -- the networks that deliver
some of the most popular shows during primetime.
Once the viewer enables the PrimeTime Anytime feature, the Hopper
stores these shows for up to eight days after they have aired making
it easy to access episodes from last night, or last week.
The AutoHop commercial-skipping feature, using patented technology,
works with most shows recorded using PrimeTime Anytime.
A viewer can watch a show with the AutoHop option commercial-free
starting the day after a show has been recorded with the Hopper's
PrimeTime Anytime capability. Prior to that, the Hopper's 30-second
"hop forward" feature continues to work for same-day viewing of
DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), through its
subsidiary DISH Network L.L.C., provides approximately 14.061 million
satellite TV customers, as of June 30, 2012, with the highest quality
programming and technology with the most choices at the best value,
including HD Free for Life. Subscribers enjoy the largest high
definition line-up with more than 200 national HD channels, the most
international channels, and award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH
Network Corporation's subsidiary, Blockbuster L.L.C., delivers family
entertainment to millions of customers around the world. DISH Network
Corporation is a Fortune 200 company. Visit www.dish.com.
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