Much needed relief for DISH Network Corp (NASDAQ:DISH)
Fox Broadcasting had filed a request in a Federal Court to block 2 of DISH Network Corp (NASDAQ:DISH) network’s Hopper DVR place shifting features. On Monday, the court denied Fox this request, though the judge said that the Fox could prevail at this trial. At the moment, this is a definite victory for DISH Network Corp (NASDAQ:DISH) that has been at logger heads with TV broadcasters.
The company won the ruling an Appeals Court last week. In effect, this ruling upheld a ruling from the lower-court that had denied preliminary injunction to block the ability of the Hopper to record primetime programming automatically. This would allow users to set the DVR in such a manner that ads could be skipped. The argument that Fox as well as many other broadcasters have put forth is that the AutoHop feature goes against their advertising business.
The Monday ruling by the Federal Court denied the preliminary injunction motion from Fox that had been filed in April. The two features that the company wanted blocked were ‘Dish Anywhere’ and ‘Hopper Transfers’. The first feature allows users to stream any recorded or live TV content to a device of their choice with the use of Slingbox technology. The latter loads the content that has been recorded on the DVR, to an iPad where it can be viewed later. Fox had argued that the former and other side loading features in effect violate the agreements related to retransmission-consent and that their copyrights were also infringed.
R. Stanton Dodge, DISH Network Corp (NASDAQ:DISH)’s Vice-President and general counsel said that the company is pleased that the court has ruled in favor of control and consumer choice. He said that they will continue to aggressively defend consumer rights when it comes to control and choice over their own viewing experience.