Late last week I mentioned that Dish Network had a new feature for its Hopper DVRs that made skipping all commercials from primetime programs automatic. If you recall, the system actually deleted the commercials rather than simply automatically fast forwarding through them. I also speculated that lawsuits would be over the new feature from broadcasters.
NBC stopped short of actually saying it intended to sue Dish Network, but I’m even more confident that will happen. NBC’s chairman Ted Harbert said, “I think this is an attack on our eco-system. I’m not for it.”
I would bet if the chairman of NBC isn’t happy about commercials being cut, lawsuits will be filed quickly. I hope Dish Network has put some serious consideration into defense for the feature because a lot of TV fans would certainly like to see it stay.
via LA Times
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