NBC claims that this is a violation of copyright law. Dish doesn't see how.
The Dish Hopper DVR is an interesting device, but the controversy surrounding it may be even more talked about than the DVR itself. The ad-skipping DVR is ruffling some feathers, including those of the stately peacock.
"Dish simply does not have the authority to tamper with the ads from broadcast replays on a wholesale basis for its own economic and commercial advantage," says NBC. "We believe this is a clear violation of copyright law and we intend to stop it."
NBC, Fox and CBS are all joined in a suit against Dish that would eliminate the Hopper. Dish Senior VP says that the contention from the three companies is not only absurd, but anti-consumer. "Will the networks next ask consumers to stop changing channels?"
Source: Home Media Magazine