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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dylansmrjones
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2005-10-02

You subscribe to Cable or Satellite, you do not subscribe to broadcast TV.


Perhaps not in USA, but in many other countries that is wrong. In Denmark it's been common to encode terrestrial TV for several decades, even back when TV-signals were analogue. Today all signals are digital and one cannot see much terrestrial TV without subscribing to one of the packages from Boxer-TV. One can see a few selected state-channels, but one can also see satellite tv without subscribing to any company.

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DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

Perhaps not in USA, but in many other countries that is wrong. In Denmark it's been common to encode terrestrial TV for several decades, even back when TV-signals were analogue. Today all signals are digital and one cannot see much terrestrial TV without subscribing to one of the packages from Boxer-TV. One can see a few selected state-channels, but one can also see satellite tv without subscribing to any company.


I stand corrected then. I thought FOX was strictly a US network, so I was using that train of thought.

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