DISH Network Corp.
) received a favorable ruling yesterday as the U.S. Ninth Circuit
Court of Appeals rejected FOX Networks' appeal to disallow the
former from using its "DISH Anywhere" service. "DISH Anywhere" is a
TV Everywhere technology through which DISH subscribers, using the
company Hopper DVR box, can watch live TV programs remotely and can
also stream TV contents on their mobile devices using the
Couple of years ago, DISH had introduced an innovative HD
whole-home DVR called "Hopper" together with a sidekick called
"Joey." The device enablesa user to watch TV shows and movies in 4
different rooms at the same time and record 6 HD shows at once.
Hopper has been developed with an in-build 2-terabyte hard disk
that can store 2,000 hours of sports and entertainment
Furthermore, DISH introduced a new feature called AUTO HOP,
which enables its subscribers to record prime time TV program
simultaneously from four major networks, such as CBS, ABC, NBC
Universal, and FOX Networks. The best part of this technology is
that subscribers' can watch the recorded TV shows without viewing
Immediately after the release of Hopper AUTO HOP DVR, four major
TV broadcasters filed legal suits against DISH. These TV
broadcasters were ABC of
The Walt Disney Co.
), CBS of
), FOX Network of
) and NBC Universal of
These TV content producers claimed that commercial
advertisements are at the center stage of the broadcast TV business
model and hence, skipping those advertisements will simply make
their businesses unsustainable.
Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court in a landmark verdict had
prohibited Internet start-up company Aereo to stream TV contents to
its subscribers without paying retransmission fee to the TV
broadcasters. FOX Network cited DISH's Hopper DVR case is similar
to that of Aereo's TV streaming service.
In defense, DISH argued that its Hopper DVRs are physical
devices which stays at customer's premises whereas Aereo's network
is based on cloud-based DVRs. Subsequently, the federal appeal
court ruled in favor of DISH. However, legal proceedings will
continue in the future.
In Mar 2014, DISH achieved a significant milestone by signing an
online pay-TV deal with The Walt Disney. The agreement will allow
DISH's customers to watch live shows of the latter on devices like
PCs, smartphones and tablets, thereby bypassing the need for a
Moreover, The Walt Disney also dropped its earlier objection
against DISH's ad-skipping AUTO HOP device. DISH
currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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