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Submission + - Fox's attempt to block ad-skipping TV recorder Autohop fails ( 2

another random user writes: A bid to block a TV service that allows viewers to automatically skip adverts on recorded shows has been rejected.

Fox had called for a preliminary injunction on Dish Network's Autohop ahead of a copyright ruling.

Broadcasters Fox, Comcast, NBC and CBS have each sued Dish Networks, saying the show recordings are unauthorised.

Fox said it would appeal against the ruling. It says Autohop is "destroying the fundamental underpinnings of the broadcast television ecosystem".

But Dish called the decision not to grant a preliminary injunction a "victory for common sense".

Its Hopper digital video recorder can record and store prime-time content from the four major networks for up to eight days.

And the Autohop feature lets viewers skip advertisements completely — rather than fast-forwarding through them — at the press of a button.

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Fox's attempt to block ad-skipping TV recorder Autohop fails

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  • I wish that companies, and people in general, would be able to adapt better. The reality is that these networks, like the MPAA and RIAA can't accept that their business model is about to become obsolete. So, instead of adapting to a newer better business model that fits the current technological and sociological conditions, they attempt to use law to block to newer, arguably better, business model. AlphaA
    • by mulvane ( 692631 )
      The better business model in this case is for them to charge more since they will lose the ad money... I think I would prefer to have to fast forward and pay the lower price.

Over the shoulder supervision is more a need of the manager than the programming task.