Federal Judge Denies ABC Call to Bar Hopper Features
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- September 18, 2013
Today DISH (NASDAQ: DISH) was granted a victory against ABC’s efforts to bar
DISH subscribers from use of the PrimeTime Anytime™ and AutoHop™ features
found on the pay-TV provider’s Hopper® Whole-Home HD DVR. The ruling was
issued by Judge Laura Swain of the Southern District of New York, United
States District Court.
The following statement can be attributed to R. Stanton Dodge, DISH executive
vice president and general counsel:
“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.
“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.”
With the PrimeTime Anytime feature, users have the ability to easily record
the primetime shows on up to each of the four broadcast networks (ABC, CBS,
NBC and Fox) and save them for up to eight days.The AutoHop feature can be
enabled by users to play back certain PrimeTime Anytime recordings
commercial-free, starting the day after broadcast.
DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), through its subsidiary DISH Network
L.L.C., provides approximately 14.014 million satellite TV customers, as of
June 30, 2013, 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, 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
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