When you can’t win over the courts, extortion can come in pretty handy—so says a broadcast industry that once again strong-armed Dish into watering down the Auto Hop commercial-skipping feature in its digital video recorders.
CBS, which temporarily pulled its programming off Dish, agreed to come back to the satellite TV provider if it instituted a seven-day waiting period for Auto Hop on its channel. (Previously, subscribers could use it the day after a program first aired.) Dish agreed, making for an apparent win for CBS. In fact, the company made off better than Disney, whose Dish deal yielded a three-day Auto Hop delay for ABC shows.
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