Dish Changes AutoHop, Possibly To Bolster Its Legal Defense
Dish Network has quietly implemented a series of three changes to DVRs with AutoHop commercial-skipping technology -- a move that may help boost the satcaster's legal defense in its current
suits with broadcasters trying to stop AutoHop use.
"While the changes may seem minor, they seem to represent a calculated strategy on Dish's behalf to shift responsibility to viewers for the recording and ad-skipping rather than let them passively receive these features," writes Andrew Wallenstein and Ted Johnson. "That fine-tuning could become noteworthy to a judge assessing the legality of AutoHop considering a similar case that has been cited as a potential precedent for Dish..."