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Appeals court rejects Fox's attempt to use Aereo ruling against Dish

07/15, 4:21pm

Broadcasting company tried to use Aereo ruling to force a preliminary injunction

Days after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of broadcasting companies in the Aereo case, Fox Broadcasting attempted to use the judgment as fuel in a case against Dish Network. Stating that there were large similarities between the devices, Fox believed the defense Dish raised no longer held up. In an opinion from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the judges sitting on the case upheld the lower court's ruling against Fox, as the panel of judges failed to be convinced of the alleged connection.

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Fox Broadcasting using Aereo judgment in appeal against Dish Network

06/30, 3:11pm

Lawyers use ruling to show 'unauthorized transmissions' through Hopper DVR

After the United States Supreme Court ruled against Aereo, effectively ending the company, Fox Broadcasting has been quick to use the ruling in another case, as uncovered by The Guardian. The media company has been waging a war against Dish Network and its Hopper DVR with Dish Anywhere streaming. The case is set for a hearing in the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on July 7 in California.

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Dish Super Joey ships, adds two tuners to Hopper DVR system

03/13, 10:21am

Simultaneous recording of four broadcast, four user's choice channels

Dishtoday announced that an add-on to the Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR platform is available today, increasing the tuner capacity of the Hopper experience. Dish's Super Joey adds two network tuners to the Hopper's three native tuners, allowing a household to record up to eight shows simultaneously.

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Fox denied pre-trial bid to shut down Dish Hopper DVR place shifting

09/23, 8:20pm

Dish pleased about 'consumer choice'-friendly ruling by judge

A ruling by the US District Court for the Central District of California has handed Dish another court victory in just a handful of days regarding its Hopper digital video recorder technology. Fox Broadcasting has been denied a preliminary injunction on the Hopper's "Dish Anywhere" place shifting technology, as well as "Hopper Transfers" which can load DVR content on an iPad or other mobile device.

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Judge: Dish Network's Hopper can operate in buildup to trial

09/18, 8:29pm

Time and place shifting DVR said to infringe broadcast copyrights

Dish Networks -- more specifically, the Hopper DVR -- has emerged victorious in the latest chapter of its legal battle against the broadcast networks. Judge Laura Swain of the Southern District of New York has refused ABC's bid to kill the DVR and hobble its ad-skip feature. Today's victory is Dish's third victory regarding the Hopper DVR and related technology.

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Briefly: Social app for Dish Hopper DVR, Sonos controller app updates

05/29, 1:49pm

Dish Network adds social network interactions to Hopper DVR using app

Dish Network has created a new app for its Hopper Whole-Home DVR for social networking while watching television. Social, usable from the Hopper's quick-launch bar, will allow viewers to log into and manage multiple Twitter and Facebook accounts, as well as showing a Twitter feed for the show or channel being watched at that time. A data bar at the bottom of the screen will provide more stats and information about the program, including what areas of the US are commenting about the show on Twitter, and the program's "sentiment rating."

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CBS executives overrule CNet editorial over Hopper CES award

01/14, 2:39pm

Reviews ban put in place over existing Dish litigation

Executives at CBS have forced CNet to remove Dish Network's Hopper from its CES awards, due to ongoing lawsuits. CNet's parent company apparently wanted the awards changed shortly after a ban on products by companies CBS was in litigation with came into effect, and forced the change on the editorial team, leading one reporter to announce their departure.

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Dish upgrades whole-home DVR to Hopper with Sling

01/08, 1:10am

New features allow for internet streaming, in-home iPad transfer

The second generation of Dish Network's whole-home DVR system was announced today at the Consumer Electronics Show -- the Hopper with Sling. The new unit allows customers to watch live and recorded television anywhere on Internet-connected tablets with the newly-integrated Sling technology, and move recorded television to an iPad for viewing without an Internet connection using the free Hopper Transfers app.

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Fox denied preliminary injunction against Dish Network

11/07, 7:54pm

Judge: insufficient evidence proving Hopper DVR damaging Fox

Judge Dolly Gee of the US District Court of the Central District of California ruled today that the Dish Network ad-skipping feature and automatic recording feature found in the Hopper digital video recorder system can continue to be sold and marketed. According to the ruling, Fox Broadcasting didn't demonstrate sufficient damages from the features to justify a preliminary injunction before a full trial can take place.

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Dish Network sued by Fox, NBC, CBS over auto ad-skipper

05/24, 9:10pm

Counter-suit by Dish filed to preemptively declare skipping legal

Fox, NBCUniversal, and CBS have all filed suit independently against Dish Network over the new AutoHop service, which with the right set-top box allows viewers to automatically skip commercials, assuming the recorded content isn't watched on the day of broadcast. The broadcast networks call the DVR technology a violation of their copyrights, a danger to quality programming, and an assault on their financial ecosystem. In an effort to counter the separate legal attacks, Dish has filed a countersuit against the three, plus ABC, in an attempt to establish the legality of advertisement skipping.

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Dish lets users skip commercials with Auto Hop feature

05/10, 12:39pm

Auto Hop will skip commercials but only on recorded programs

Dish's Hopper and Joey DVR hubs have just been upgraded with a new feature called Auto Hop. It lets users automatically skip commercials on recorded shows with the press of a single button, though there are some restrictions. For example, only primetime HD programs on ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC are supported, and they need to start at 1:00AM.

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Dish Network upgrades Hopper DVR service with Pandora

04/19, 9:15pm

Gives subscribers access to 900,000 tracks

Earlier today, Dish Network introduced streaming music service Pandora as an enhancement to the Hopper Whole Home HD digital video recorder (DVR) system. Either a new account or an existing account can be used with the upgrade. A persistent internet connection is required to access Pandora content.

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Dish's Hopper, Joey DVR hubs go on sale

03/15, 4:30pm

Hub leases for $10/month with basic packages

Dish Network has reportedly begun selling its Hopper whole-home DVR system, which was first unveiled early this year at CES. The system centers around the Hopper, a set-top box that integrates a 2TB drive, and smaller 'Joey' units that serve as extenders to distribute the video throughout a home.

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Details on Dish Network's Hopper home DVR leak early

01/05, 4:55pm

Dish Network to reveal Hopper home DVR at CES

Early details on Dish Network's planned CES unveiling of a home DVR dubbed Hopper have been revealed. It will be a rebrand of EchoStar's next-generation XiP satellite whole home DVR hardware (XiP 813), which gets extender units called Joeys (XiP 110). It's said to have three tuners and a built-in 2TB hard drive.

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