Advanced Television

DISH’s ‘Hopper’ cleared by Court

September 24, 2013

By Chris Forrester

dish-hopperA US District Court in California has denied a preliminary injunction application by Fox Broadcasting to block DISH’s Hopper and its DISH Anywhere and Hopper video transfer services.

DISH’s EVP/General Counsel, R. Stanton Dodge, in a statement, said: “Today’s decision is the fourth in a string of victories for consumers related to our Hopper Whole-Home DVR platform. DISH is pleased that the Court has sided again with consumer choice and control by rejecting Fox’s efforts to deny our customers’ access to the DISH Anywhere and Hopper Transfers features. We will continue to vigorously defend consumers’ right to choice and control over their viewing experience.”

DISH Anywhere, using Sling technology built into DISH’s Hopper with Sling Whole-Home DVR, provides a DISH customer, once they receive a television signal in their home, the capability to remotely view that signal from a single Internet-connected device (mobile phone, tablet or PC). Sling technology has been available since 2005 and this motion was the first of its kind in seven years.

With the Hopper Transfers feature, a DISH customer can move or duplicate certain Hopper DVR recordings made by the customer to an iPad; and unlike DISH Anywhere, no Internet connection is needed for viewing.

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