DISH Cheers Ruling on AutoHop, PrimeTime Anytime
TV viewers' right to skip commercials upheld
Decision viewed as victory for "common sense and customer choice"
ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Judge Dolly Gee of the United States District Court, Central District of
California, today rejected Fox Broadcasting Company's efforts to bar
DISH subscribers from use of the PrimeTime AnytimeTM and
AutoHopTM features found on the pay-TV provider's HopperTM
The PrimeTime Anytime feature allows users 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
allows users to play back certain PrimeTime Anytime recordings
commercial-free, starting the day after broadcast.
A copy of the ruling denying Fox's motion for preliminary injunction has
not been publicly circulated because the Court is first giving the
parties an opportunity to redact confidential trade information. The
ruling relates to case CV 12-04529 DMG.
In the decision, Judge Gee found it likely that:
Contrary to Fox's assertion, DISH customers using PrimeTime Anytime
cannot be liable for copyright infringement;
Copies made using the Hopper's PrimeTime Anytime feature do not
infringe on Fox's exclusive reproduction rights under federal
Neither the AutoHop commercial-skipping feature nor the PrimeTime
Anytime feature constitutes unauthorized distribution under federal
AutoHop does not violate the Video-On-Demand provisions of the 2010
retransmission consent agreement (RTC) between Fox and DISH;
Copies of Fox programs that DISH makes as part of its "quality
assurance" of AutoHop's functionality likely violate the RTC between
DISH and Fox, and likely violate Fox's exclusive reproduction right
under federal copyright laws, but;
Fox has not established that is has suffered irreparable harm as a
result of DISH's making the quality assurance copies.
The ruling enables the Company to continue to offer its subscribers the
Hopper Whole-Home DVR with both the PrimeTime Anytime and AutoHop
features. DISH is reviewing today's decision and assessing its impact,
especially as it relates to the quality assurance process.
The following statement can be attributed to DISH Executive Vice
President and General Counsel, R. Stanton Dodge:
"Today's ruling is a victory for common sense and customer choice.
"DISH is gratified that the Court has sided with consumer choice and
control by rejecting Fox's efforts to deny our customers access to
PrimeTime Anytime and AutoHop -- key features of the Hopper Whole-Home
"The ruling underscores the U.S. Supreme Court's ‘Betamax' decision,
with the court confirming a consumer's right to enjoy television as they
want, when they want, including the reasonable right to skip
commercials, if they so choose.
"We look forward to vigorously defending AutoHop and Primetime Anytime,
and the choice and control those features deliver our subscribers."
DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), through its subsidiary DISH
Network L.L.C., provides approximately 14.042 million satellite TV
customers, as of Sept. 30, 2012, 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
with more than 200 national HD channels, 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.
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