NBC, Dish Talks Ease Ad-Skipping Tensions

The Wall Street Journal Dish Network is in discussions with NBC over Dish's ad-skipping digital video recorder, the latest sign that a two-year-old standoff between Dish and major broadcasters is easing. While the talks are under way, NBC has put its lawsuit against Dish on hold, the people say. NBC is one of three major networks still in litigation with Dish over several features on its "Hopper" digital video recorder, including one that makes it easier to automatically skip commercials. WSJ subscribers can read the story here.

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Warren Harmon says:

June 30, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Another theving son of a B, Sorry Charlie, you cannot steal programming either just as Diller Learned. I think it is also ironic that the commercials have been seemlessly sewn into the shows making them virtually impossible to detect via mechanized electronics!

    Wagner Pereira says:

    July 1, 2014 at 12:58 am

    Another ignorant comment considering DBS Companies were the first to pay retransmission fees from the day they started carrying local programming. Charlie did what was in his right and the way to stop it is with the contracts between both parties. You say whatever about Charlie (and I often have) but he loves his lawyers and knows exactly what he signs – and usually what he can do. As for your statement about “being able to detect….” DirecTV acknowledged they had the technology for years, Microsoft Windows Media has the ability to do it, as do multiple other programs. Do i like it being in Broadcasting? No. However, thus far there is nothing that can be done short of withholding programming when contracts come up (with is the proper course now for which Charlie has no way around).

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