The companies just settled their multi-year legal dispute over the technology. And as a part of that deal the “AutoHop commercial-skipping functionality will not be available for owned and affiliated Fox stations until seven days after a program first airs,” the companies say in a joint statement.
The agreement covers disputes involving “Slingbox technology and the AutoHop, PrimeTime Anytime and Transfers features.” It’s part of a stipulated dismissal of the case that Fox brought in 2012 against Dish at the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. (Read it here.)
In December 2014 Dish made a similar deal with CBS to disable the AutoHop ad-skipping feature for shows out less than a week.
Fox alleged that the AutoHop technology infringed on its copyrights and breached the terms of its carriage deal with Dish. The No. 2 satellite company countered that it was a consumer-friendly change that merely automated the ad skipping that consumers already do with their remote controls.
The settlement comes a little more than a year after Dish and Fox put the case on hold while they worked on a carriage deal to replace the one that expired in October.