New ad zapper annoys broadcast TV networks, who say device threatens economic structure – The Washington Post

NEW YORK — The maker of a new DVR that lets consumers zap away broadcast TV commercials at the touch of a button suggested Tuesday that the networks are being short-sighted in opposing the technology.

The Dish Network, which has offered its new Auto Hop feature on new digital video recorders since March, said it believes that people who buy the machine are watching more network television than they had before. The Auto Hop automatically records every minute of prime-time programming on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox and stores it for eight days.

via New ad zapper annoys broadcast TV networks, who say device threatens economic structure – The Washington Post.

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3 thoughts on “New ad zapper annoys broadcast TV networks, who say device threatens economic structure – The Washington Post

  1. I don’t know what all of this negative talk is about. Doesn’t everyone with a DVR already fast forward through the commercials? I know I do. That’s all the Auto Hop feature of the Hopper does; it skips commercials in Primetime Anytime recordings. I have the choice to watch them if I really wanted to but I find that I am able to fit a few more shows in to my TV time without all of those commercials taking my time.

  2. Why don’t CBS, FOX, and NBC exec want consumers to enjoy commercial-free TV? It’s what we want! I’m a customer and employee of Dish, and I think AutoHop is great because you can easily watch commercial-free TV. A well known consumer advocacy group, Public Knowledge, agrees that people should have the right to control how they watch TV. They’re taking a stand for consumers by creating a petition that tells CBS, FOX, and NBC media to keep their hands out of your living room and DVR. Sign their petition to keep control of how you watch TV http://bit.ly/KFdn1Q

    • I know that you know that ‘free TV’ is not “FREE”…it is advertiser supported. Without ads, and without a way to monetize the viewing, how would you propose ‘free TV’ continue?

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