Dish, Fox settle litigation over Hopper ad-skipper
By Jonathan Stempel
(Reuters) - Dish Network Corp (DISH.O: Quote) and Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (FOXA.O: Quote) on Thursday said they have ended nearly four years of litigation over the Hopper, a Dish device that lets viewers skip over commercials when playing back shows.
In a joint statement, the companies said Dish agreed to turn off its AutoHop commercial-skipping feature on Fox programming until seven days after the programs first air.
The accord also resolves all disputes over Slingbox technology, which lets programs be viewed on a wide range of mobile devices, as well as the so-called PrimeTime AnyTime and Transfers features, the companies said.
Fox and other broadcasters had in 2012 sued Dish to force it to withdraw what they viewed as video-on-demand technology that infringed their copyrights and could reduce advertising revenue because of the commercial-skipping feature.
The accord between Dish and Fox averts a scheduled Sept. 6 trial in Los Angeles federal court.
Both companies stipulated to the lawsuit's dismissal in a filing with that court on Wednesday.