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CBS says ‘Hopper’ should cost Dish $5 a sub

February 15, 2013

By Chris Forrester

CBS CEO Les Moonves has placed his cards on the table as far as Dish Network’s automatic ad-skipping technology is concerned. In court papers filed in the dispute between the network and Dish, Moonves says that Dish has two options: either close down the AutoHop functionality for Dish DVR users, or else pay CBS an extra $5 per subscriber to compensate CBS for the lost ad-income.

David Shull, a Dish SVP, in court papers, says during carriage negotiations several affiliate groups as well as CBS have asked that Dish subscribers be “prohibited” from using DVRs and AutoHop.

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