I'm as pro-commercial television as anyone. Read my posts in other threads... Commercial TV is supported by (wait for it...) commercials! And we pay less to have those channels than we would IF they had commercials. So... on one level I do think it odd for Dish to be fighting this fight with AutoHOP... Even odder still when you consider Dish sells and inserts commercials itself, so AutoHOP is at odds with some of Dish's own revenue streams! And lastly... AutoHop, for all its touted to be "customers should be able to watch TV as they like" feature... how come Dish only enabled it for OTA LiLs and not for other Dish/SAT provided commercial channels? Dish seems to be singularly focusing the AutoHOP on OTA channels... and not commercial channels in general. ALL that said... OTA stations aren't doing themselves any favors... Companies that own multiple channels negotiating all-or-nothing carriage for ALL their channels in varying markets instead of negotiating carriage for each channel in each market... so IF Dish doesn't want to pay in Idaho, New York doesn't get their channels either... Also... hiding behind the AutoHOP is evil response and simultaneously asking for 300% increases (as rumored here) make no sense to me.... A lot of people have been cord-cutting... and those people get OTA for free... so if some of these affiliates don't wise up, they will effectively make it unattractive for Dish to carry them... and they'll lose the revenue stream that they do have. I still think Dish needs to re-think their AutoHOP strategy too. Originally they advertised it as you had to wait 24 hours to view without commercials... but from reports here that quickly shrank to 1am for a lot of people and in some cases people are apparently able to AutoHOP commercials on an 8pm show while the 10pm shows are still recording.