Press release from Business Wire
Federal Judge Denies ABC Call to Bar Hopper Features
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Federal Judge Denies ABC Call to Bar Hopper Features17:17 EDT Wednesday, September 18, 2013
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (Business Wire) -- Today DISH (NASDAQ: DISH) was granted a victory against ABC's efforts to bar DISH subscribers from use of the PrimeTime Anytime™ and AutoHop™ features found on 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.
“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.
DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), through its subsidiary DISH Network L.L.C., provides approximately 14.014 million satellite TV customers, as of June 30, 2013, with the highest quality programming and technology with the most choices at the best value, including HD Free for Life®. Subscribers enjoy the largest high definition line-up, the most international channels, and award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH Network Corporation's subsidiary, Blockbuster L.L.C., delivers family entertainment to millions of customers around the world. DISH Network Corporation is a Fortune 200 company. Visit www.dish.com.
John Hall, 303-723-1968