Well the networks all allowed legislation to be passed that enabled end users to record broadcasts to be watched later. What the end user does with that recording should be their business. There is really very little difference in fast forwarding commercials to skipping them altogether in that they are not watched. Not everyone is a DISH subscriber so I don't really see why the networks want to get all worked up over this. Maybe they should worry more about providing content that people want to watch. And maybe their corporate sponsors could make commercials that people want to watch. I think that DISH will win this in court. How can you make commercial skipping illegal? I already do it, every time a commercial comes on I switch channels.
If the networks don't get their way with the lawsuits, watch for more product placement within the shows. One way or another, viewers will have to endure advertising. The only question is how.
KHansen:watch for more product placement within the shows
Then don't see the show at all.
If all of it is laced with ads, real or subliminal, I'll forgo the show entirely.
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
This crap is hilarious we generally record most of what we watch on our DVR usually starting about 30 minutes before we are watching TV. Then we skip all the commercials period and have for years. Sometimes we record whole nights of TV the night prior and watch it the next day even. This amazing technology is a computer hard drive in a cable box they have been around for at least 5 years if not longer.
When you distill it down, I don’t see Auto Hop as anything fundamentally different than what I’ve been doing since I bought my first VHS recorder. Most of what I watch comes from the four networks (NBC, CBS, ABC, and FOX), and because I work in the evenings (right when they put their best shows on), if I want to see my favorite shows I have to DVR them and watch them a day or so after they air. That’s why I was excited to be among a number of Dish employees chosen to beta test the Hopper: its PrimeTime Anytime feature has been a lifesaver, virtually eliminating my scheduling conflicts. Now it’s gotten better though, because Auto Hop is worlds more convenient than pounding the Skip Forward button over and over—sometimes I feel like that’s going to give me some kind of repetitive stress injury or something.
I don’t understand why CBS, FOX, & NBC execs don’t want us to enjoy commercial-free TV. I’m a DISH employee – AutoHop is great because you can easily watch commercial-free TV. Public Knowledge, a consumer advocacy group, is taking a stand for consumers by creating a petition that tells CBS, FOX, & NBC media to keep their hands out of your living room & DVR. Sign their petition to keep control of how you watch TV http://bit.ly/KFdn1Q
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