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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Damn you Dish
by seratne on Fri 25th May 2012 15:22 UTC
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The hopper is a great feature that a lot of HTPC solutions have been using for years.

The only difference is you had to put aside time, and install and configure the software. For the average user, it's a huge mountain and they don't do it.

Dish is now bringing the feature to the everyman. And the networks are upset as all get up. Understandably, they do need to make money. Despite whatever bone headed programming choices they make.

The problem Dish has created is that when the networks win (and they will win) they might be able to go after ShowAnalyzer. And without putting up a crap ton of money for lawyers, they'll probably just cave in and cease and desist. Comskip being open source, yada yada will probably still exist in some fashion. But, hell, they might Nudge microsoft and "ask" them nicely to disable the plugins that make this work..

F U Dish.

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RE: Damn you Dish
by ilovebeer on Fri 25th May 2012 15:58 in reply to "Damn you Dish"
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The problem Dish has created is that when the networks win (and they will win) they might be able to go after ShowAnalyzer.

Don't be so quick to assume the networks will win. The lawsuit claims the ad skipping is done by actually modifying the content and thus violating the copyright. Unless Dish is incredibly stupid in how they implemented the feature, there's no reason an ad skipper would have to modify the content at all. It's also claiming that watching a recorded show is a "re-broadcasting", which is very clearly not true as nothing is being transmitted, and thus can not be received.

The networks aren't just going to sit back and let this happen but the lawsuit they've brought forward is flimsy at best. It may very well be they lose and come out of it with a ton of bad PR to boot. We'll have to see how it plays out.

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