Dish reportedly cuts deal to limit controversial ad-skipping feature on ABC shows

Dish Network’s digital video recorders have resulted in a wave of lawsuits due to their ability to skip over commercials — but according to a new report, the company has now cut a deal with Walt Disney Co. to limit that ability on ABC shows. According to The Wall Street Journal, Dish has closed a deal with Disney that will disable the Auto Hop feature until three days after ABC shows are broadcast on the air. That time frame is of particular importance, says the Journal, because networks like ABC tally up viewership numbers for that same timeframe when selling commercials to advertisers.

Auto Hop has been surrounded by controversy since 2012. Fox was the first network to sue Dish over the feature, with NBC and CBS following soon…

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