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Dish’s Ad-Skipping Tool May Benefit From Cablevision DVR Ruling

The dispute over whether Dish Network Corp.’s ad-skipping technology violates network television copyrights may turn on which court the second-biggest U.S. satellite-TV service persuades to hear the matter.

Dish is seeking court sanction on copyright grounds for its Auto Hop digital video recording feature in New York, where an appeals court has already said cable companies can offer remote DVR services to customers. A jurisdictional win for Dish may reduce the case to whether its contracts with the networks to transmit their TV shows permit ad-skipping.