UPFRONTS

CW Prez Mark Pedowitz Blasts Auto Hop

The network’s chief calls Dish’s commercial erasing technology “foolhardy.” “They’re biting the hand that supplies them with content.”

UPFRONTS

DVR Ad-Eraser Causes Tremors At Upfronts

As with past technological threats, network executives are closing ranks against a Dish Network device that undermines the broadcast business model.

Harbert Blasts Dish’s Spot-Skipping DVR

NBC Broadcasting Chairman Ted Harbert is not a fan of Dish Network’s new commercial-skipping device, the Auto Hop, which automatically deletes commercials from recorded primetime programming from the four big broadcast networks. “I think this is an attack on our ecosystem,” he said.