Report: Dish Tweaks Hopper Ad-Skipping Feature Amid Lawsuit

Satellite operator is said to modify AutoHop to allow more user controls

Dish Network, which is facing lawsuits from CBS, Fox and NBC
over the automatic ad-skipping capabilities built into its Hopper multiroom
DVR, has upgraded the feature to give users more control, according to a
published report.

The software update, released in last week, may be designed
to bolster its legal defense against the broadcasters by adding new
user-controlled recording and deletion functions, Variety reported.

According to the report, the default option for AutoHop now
is to not skip ads, so a viewer must actively select to zap the commercials. In
addition, Dish's Hopper customers can now select which networks they record
with PrimeTime Anytime -- whereas the lineups of all four major networks were
automatically recorded -- and can delete recordings at any time (whereas they
were previously retained on the DVR for eight days).

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