TV broadcasting executives have spent the better part of a week threatening legal action over Dish Network’s new Auto Hop feature that allows users to completely skip commercials. But while that has been happening, a federal judge in New York has been considering a case that the TV industry has already taken to court.
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On Monday, U.S. District Court judge Alison J. Nathan dismissed part of a complaint filed by broadcasters against Aereo, the online video startup backed by Barry Diller. According to the Wall Street Journal, the court dismissed an unfair competition claim but left a copyright infringement claim still to be heard.