Dish's Hopper Not Barred By Aereo, Judge Says

Law360, New York (January 20, 2015, 7:55 PM EST) -- The California federal judge overseeing Fox's long-running lawsuit over Dish Network's Hopper DVR has ruled that the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision against Aereo Inc. didn't outlaw features that let Dish subscribers stream their television programming to Internet-connected devices.

The ruling, issued Jan. 12 and unsealed Tuesday, comes after more than two and a half years of copyright litigation between the major networks and Dish over the Hopper — namely, its features that let consumers easily record preset blocks of prime-time programming, remove ads and watch shows on any online device.

The networks lost several key early-stage rulings, and ABC and...

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