Fox, NBC, CBS Sue Dish Network Over Service Skipping Ads – Bloomberg

News Corp. (NWSA)’s Fox Broadcasting Co., Comcast Corp. (CMCSA)’s NBCUniversal and CBS Corp. (CBS) sued Dish Network Corp. (DISH), alleging that their copyrights are infringed by Dish’s PrimeTime Anytime video-on-demand service that allows viewers to watch network programs commercial-free.

Dish created a “bootleg video-on-demand service,” which if not stopped “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,” Fox said yesterday in a complaint in federal court in Los Angeles.

CBS and NBC sued Dish separately in the same court. The networks accused Dish of copyright infringement and asked for unspecified damages as well as court orders preventing its unauthorized distribution of their programs. Fox also sued Dish for breach of contract.

Dish, based in Englewood, Colorado, filed a separate complaint yesterday in federal court in New York against Fox, CBS, NBC and Walt Disney Co. (DIS)’s ABC. Dish seeks a court ruling that it isn’t infringing copyrights.

“Consumers should be able to fairly choose for themselves what they do and do not want to watch,” David Shull, Dish senior vice president of programming, said in a statement. “Viewers have been skipping commercials since the advent of the remote control; we are giving them a feature they want and that gives them more control.”

CBS, NBC Lawsuits

In March, Dish introduced its Hopper set-top box, which contains, in addition to a subscriber-controlled digital video recorder, a Dish-controlled section of the hard drive that records the entire primetime broadcast schedule of the four major networks every night, according to the Fox complaint.

Dish operates the PrimeTime Anytime service so that the copied shows can be watched commercial-free with its Auto Hop feature, Fox said.

via Fox, NBC, CBS Sue Dish Network Over Service Skipping Ads – Bloomberg.

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Posted on May 28, 2012, in Article and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Christa Johnson

    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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