Walt Disney Co.’s ABC Network Wants to Shut Down Dish’s Autohop

Sources have announced that Disney-owned ABC Network will attempt to shut down Dish Network Corp.’s ad-skipping Autohop feature.

ABC seeks a preliminary injunction from U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain, despite the fact that another judge dismissed a similar claim from another broadcaster two weeks ago. The controversy surrounding Dish’s Autohop feature, which allows viewers to automatically skip advertisements during recorded shows instead of manually fast-forwarding, has many broadcasters claiming it “threatens their very survival.”

While a Dish spokesman declined to comment on the impending injunction from ABC, Dish said in court papers that the Autohop “complies with Dish’s bargained-for contractual rights.”

We’ll update you when we have further information available.


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