DISH Network (DISH) Sued by Networks for 'Commercial Skipping' Feature

May 25, 2012 10:11 AM EDT
DISH Network (Nasdaq: DISH) shares are modestly higher early Friday despite reports the company may be subject to a lawsuit by several large cable companies.

DISH recently introduced a feature which allows users to view network programs commercial free. The feature is available on PrimeTime Anywhere video-on-demand service. Needless to say, this is bringing us one step closer to becoming a DISH customer.

In an elaborate complaint filed in Los Angeles federal court Thursday, News Corp's (Nasdaq: NWSA) Fox stated DISH created a "bootleg video-on-demand service,...[which] will ultimately destroy the advertising- supported ecosystem that provides consumers with the choice to enjoy free over-the-air, varied, high-quality primetime broadcast programming."

Others suing separately include Comcast's (Nasdaq: CMCSA) NBC and CBS Corp. (NYSE: CBS).

DISH counter sued in New York, saying it wasn't infringing in copyright patents. Bloomberg quoted an SVP of Programming at DISH in saying customers have been skipping over commercials since the advent of remote controls and that DISH is simply giving the customer what its been asking for. Not an exceptionally strong rebuttal, but a rebuttal nonetheless.

The Los Angeles cases are Fox Broadcasting v. Dish Network LLC, 12-4529; NBC Studios LLC v. Dish Network Corp., 12-4536; and CBS Broadcasting Inc. v. Dish Network Corp., 12-4551, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles). The New York case is Dish Network LLC v. American Broadcasting Cos., 12-04155, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

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Fran on 2012-07-06 17:22:41
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Why don’t CBS, FOX, and NBC execs want consumers to enjoy commercial-free TV? It’s what we want! I’m a customer and employee of Dish, and I think Auto Hop is great because you can easily watch commercial-free TV. A well-known consumer advocacy group, Public Knowledge, agrees that people should have the right to control how they watch TV. They’re taking a stand for consumers by creating a petition that tells CBS, FOX, and NBC media to keep their hands out of your living room and DVR. Sign their petition to keep control of how you watch TV

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