Dish, ABC Settle Ad-Skipping Fight With Broad TV Deal

Law360, New York (March 4, 2014, 4:59 PM EST) -- Dish Network Corp. and ABC-parent the Walt Disney Co. reached an agreement late Monday to settle their portion of long-running litigation over Dish's ad-skipping DVR service, part of a broader, long-term carriage deal between the two companies.

Under the deal, Dish will disable its so-called Auto Hop function for ABC programming during the first three days after the shows air — an important window because it's used for calculating Nielsen ratings, and thus ad rates, that incorporate DVR-playback.

AutoHop, which allows users to select a setting...
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