Watched my first autohop program last night and fell asleep since I didn't need to pay attention and fast forward. I'll try again tonight a little earlier and see if I can make it through the program.
As a side note this autohop feature is not that new. We had an upscale Panasonic VCR back in the mid '90s that would fast forward through commercials. After recording a TV program the VCR would go back and mark the commercials and then fast forward through them when you played it back. Pretty slick for it's time.