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Dish, NBCUniversal Settle AutoHop Ad-Skipping Lawsuit

NBCUniversal is settling its lawsuit with Dish Network over its AutoHop and PrimeTime Anytime features, which allow subscribers to automatically record nights worth of programming and skip commercials.

NBCUniversal and Dish Network L.L.C. have reached an agreement resulting in the dismissal of all pending litigation between the two companies, including disputes over the AutoHop and PrimeTime Anytime features,” Dish Network said in a statement.

Terms were not disclosed.

The litigation dates back to 2012, when all of the broadcast networks filed legal challenges to a series of newly introduced Dish features, including one, AutoHop, that automatically skips over ads for subscribers. All of the other networks settled with Dish, including Fox, which reached an agreement earlier this year.

NBCUniversal argued that Dish violated copyright by offering the service, and that it undermined the economic foundation of the broadcast business. Dish contended that it was merely offering a service akin to a DVR where consumers were in control of the options for how they wanted to watch programming.

The NBCU-Dish litigation had largely been on hold as Fox pursued a similar case.

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