If you think about it, Gannett et al, should be offering to REDUCE rates in exchange for disabling Hopper, not blackmailing and extorting higher rates among threats.
This is 2012. People don't like being forced to watch commercials. They're appreciative of tools to help make them go away.
This isn't such a bad idea.
But since the hopper is new[er] tech, I doubt Dish wants to go backwards. Not having a hopper myself, [ and really, no desire to record locals that I barely watch anyway,] I imagine the skip feature is the high point on this receiver.
It's Dish's baby, and whether you agree or disagree with the purpose, as far as I can tell, it's not illegal.
What I do agree with is the point of not having a across the board increase in pricing due to a particular receiver. If you want the "hoppa", fine, but you'll have to absorb the cost that goes with it, however this plays out.
Don't you think the other providers are watching this closely? This auto skip tech isn't rocket science. They probably have their prototype sitting on the workbench while they wait to see what happens.......
As an added note, I had to put up an antenna when I had DTV, as they didn't carry my locals, and it's still connected...
Edited by satcrazy, 06 October 2012 - 01:49 AM.