Fox Broadcasting has filed an appeal after a California judge denied a preliminary injunction on its advertising-avoiding DVR services - AutoHop and PrimeTime Anytime.
Fox said it was pleased with some of the ruling, but that an injunction was necessary in this situation. I understand their position - this being allowed is going to drastically change advertising rates and the cost we pay for television on a monthly basis.
The network will argue before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals soon that it faces irreparable harm if this technology is allowed and that this service is an unauthorized form of video on demand that copies Fox's programing in an illegal manner.
I think they have a case.
All the major networks are up-in-arms over this. The Dish Network filled a motion with the same court to dismiss NBC's claims against it, but judge Dolly Gee denied the motion. Dish says that NBC's claims are not in proper form and wanted the case move to New York, where it is engaged in battles with ABC and CBS. A New York judge allowed NBC to pursue action against the Dish Network in California, which Gee agreed with.
What do you think of this? Would you switch to Dish if this service was made available (and legal)?