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Dish Network’s Hopper Hurting Broadcast Networks? John C. Dvorak X3

On today’s episode, John C. Dvorak and the X3 panel discuss the Hopper from Dish Network. One topic. Three pundits. Two minutes. More or less.



Dish Network Hopper

The convenience of the DVR is not just about being able to watch your favorite shows on your own schedule, there’s also the convenience of skipping through commercials. John C. Dvorak, Joe Engo and Andrew Eisner take a look at Dish Network’s Hopper DVR that lets consumers skip ads and the legal ramifications it opens up.

It’s X3. One topic. Three pundits.

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John C. Dvorak

John C. Dvorak is among America's best-known tech commentators. Email him at JCD@aNewDomain.net

  • Beth

    I’m glad you guys did a bit on Dish’s Hopper since it does seem to be all over the news lately. My supervisor at Dish was the first to tell me that we had improved the fast-forward option and named Auto Hop. It really is no different from the 30-second skip button, it’s just a more innovative way of doing what I know I’ve been doing since I used to record shows on my VCR. I think it’s funny that anyone who skips commercials or hits the restroom during commercial breaks is considered a criminal, even though he’s simply exercising free will.