DISH Reaches Long Term Agreement with DISNEY / ESPN / ABC

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Looks like a deal is DONE... And so is next day AutoHop on the Hopper.

Dish has agreed to restrict the ability of its Hopper DVR to automatically skip over ads when Dish customers watch ABC shows, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. The agreement comes as part of a larger retransmission deal that will continue to give Dish the ability to carry broadcast and cable networks owned by Disney, including ABC and ESPN.
Consumers will still be able to manually fast-forward through ads recorded by their DVR. However, they won’t be able to access the Hopper’s automatic ad-skipping feature, dubbed Auto Hop, until three days after the show aired on TV.

Read more at... http://gigaom.com/2014/03/03/there-goes-the-hopper-dish-agrees-to-limit-ad-skipping-in-disney-deal/
 

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Looks like a deal is DONE... And so is next day AutoHop on the Hopper.



Read more at... http://gigaom.com/2014/03/03/there-goes-the-hopper-dish-agrees-to-limit-ad-skipping-in-disney-deal/

I am STUNNED! I didn't think they would cave! NOW- FF is fine, but will the 30 second skip ahead still work?

AND: "... when Dish customers watch ABC shows..." - Just says ABC. What about Disney and ESPN?


Scott, do you think this sets a presidence for future agreements, three days does kind of take some luster over Auto Hop, but in a deal you have give and take. Hopefully some HD will be back on

Oh, I'd say this is a precedent that will spread universally! Our loss.
 

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http://finance.yahoo.com/news/dish-...-234730776.html;_ylt=AwrBEiHDFBVTUxIAtJVDDex_

March 3 (Reuters) - After months of talks, Dish Network Corp and Walt Disney Co have reached a long-term programming agreement that allows the No. 2 satellite provider to carry Disney-owned networks such as ABC and ESPN, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

Citing anonymous sources, the newspaper said Dish had agreed to halt its "Auto Hop" commercial skipping feature for ABC shows on its digital video recorder.

The "Auto Hop" service on Dish's DVRs allowed Dish customers to automatically skip its commercials, which sparked a lawsuit between the two companies. As part of the deal, ABC will drop its litigation against Dish, according to the Wall Street Journal, while Dish will delay the time it allows customers to hop over commercials until three days after an ABC shows airs.
 

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The most interesting part: "The deal, which the paper said was signed Sunday, includes digital rights for mobile apps such as WatchESPN. Dish will also carry Fusion, a new English-language news channel aimed at young people and the SEC Network, a soon-to-be college sports network from ESPN, the paper reported."http://finance.yahoo.com/news/dish-disney-reach-long-term-234730776.html;_ylt=AwrBEiHDFBVTUxIAtJVDDex_
 

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Great news. The three day window for auto hop is fine with me. Really looking forward to watch espn access. Thanks Scott for your fine reporting.
 

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Wow, Dish blinked. Relented by adding more of a delay to Auto-hop, now to see if subsequent agreements take that concession or try and push it further. Wonder if this will hurt or help remaining litigation.
 

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Wow, Dish blinked. Relented by adding more of a delay to Auto-hop, now to see if subsequent agreements take that concession or try and push it further. Wonder if this will hurt or help remaining litigation.

I read somewhere that a few days after a show airs, it no longer counts in tv ratings - this may be an effort to mesh the advertising dollars with the window of time that matches ratings, thus ensuring the ratings we see were not AutoHopped. Just a guess.
 

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Hardly see this as Dish "blinking". Autohop is a great feature but you STILL can skip 30 seconds like every other provider and we will have access to Watch ESPN which Direct TV (Sports leader..) Doesn't have ATM.
 

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From another article, the 3 day window is significant because that's counted in ad buys. After 3 days DVR'd ads are worthless to broadcasters.

Think you can expect this to become the new standard, wouldn't be surprised to see the litigation settling with similar terms for all broadcasters independent of of new agreements.

I guess if you have a lot of shows to watch this would be useful still, but in our household and our viewing habits this would render autohop completely useless.
 
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