Earlier today a Federal Judge denied ABC’s efforts to ban ‘Hopper’ features. ABC had hoped to win the ruling that would stop DISH subscribers from using the PrimeTime Anytime and AutoHop features that come with 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.” He added, “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.