Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th May 2012 07:39 UTC
Legal Dish' DVR has an 'auto-hop' feature, which automatically skips commercials on recorded TV. Fox is now suing Dish over this feature, because they claim it will destroy the business model of ad-driven television. "We were given no choice but to file suit against one of our largest distributors, Dish Network, because of their surprising move to market a product with the clear goal of violating copyrights and destroying the fundamental underpinnings of the broadcast television ecosystem," said Fox. This is the photographic film industry suing digital camera makers. It's so utterly absurd I can hardly believe it's for real.
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ads on a paid channel?
by Lion on Fri 25th May 2012 08:37 UTC
Lion
Member since:
2007-03-22

As a non-american I didn't realise that Fox is a paid service that also has advertising. Here in NZ we either pay for SkyTV and don't get ads, or have free TV with ads.
How do people consider it acceptable to pay to watch advertising?

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RE: ads on a paid channel?
by Laurence on Fri 25th May 2012 08:47 in reply to "ads on a paid channel?"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

As a non-american I didn't realise that Fox is a paid service that also has advertising. Here in NZ we either pay for SkyTV and don't get ads, or have free TV with ads.
How do people consider it acceptable to pay to watch advertising?

Sadly the American system is the norm. In the UK, cable and satellite TV is a non-free service with ads.

I guess they justify this because of the cost of production for many of their flagship shows. But I just with the vast majority of content wasn't budget reality shows (aka serialised soaps about the spawn of Satan).

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RE[2]: ads on a paid channel?
by gan17 on Fri 25th May 2012 12:06 in reply to "RE: ads on a paid channel?"
gan17 Member since:
2008-06-03

(aka serialised soaps about the spawn of Satan).

They have soaps about the Murdoch family now?
Yikes!!

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RE[2]: ads on a paid channel?
by daedalus on Fri 25th May 2012 12:37 in reply to "RE: ads on a paid channel?"
daedalus Member since:
2011-01-14

At least in the UK, the BBC don't have advertising, whereas the Irish market is apparently too small to support the national broadcaster exclusively with licence fees, so we pay our TV licence *and* watch ads on the national channels. However, even though Sky etc. in the UK have ads, you usually only get one ad break in the middle of a half hour show. After watching some TV in the USA, I just couldn't stick it due to the number of ads. It's no wonder someone would want to come up with a workaround for it, and that there'd be a big market for it! It put me off TV for quite a while I have to say.

Anyway, even with an official Sky or UPC DVR box, everyone just fast-forwards over the ads, so it's hardly going to make a massive difference that way.

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RE[2]: ads on a paid channel?
by Andre on Sun 27th May 2012 10:46 in reply to "RE: ads on a paid channel?"
Andre Member since:
2005-07-06

same for the netherlands. expensive and ads.

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RE: ads on a paid channel?
by WorknMan on Fri 25th May 2012 16:42 in reply to "ads on a paid channel?"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

How do people consider it acceptable to pay to watch advertising?


Some of us don't, and the same with services like Hulu Plus and Xbox Live (where you pay $60 for a 'gold' membership and are still shown ads on the dashboard). I'm happy to pay for a lot of things to remove ads. I will NOT pay for anything that has ads, period. Even some games have product placements all over them, on top of the $60 price tag.

And btw... if skipping the ads is committing copyright, then I suppose millions of people around the world with remote controls ought to be getting sued ;)

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