Something has been lost in all this angst... You can't use the auto hop feature until the next day!!
We are not talking about recording a program and jumping in 20 minutes into the program and just watching the programming while the receiver automatically skips all the commercials (which is what I do with my 722K).
If you turn on PTAT, it records Monday's prime time programming, but you cannot use the features until after 1 am the next morning, I personally prefer to just watch them a little later and skip the commercials with the skip FWD button.
I sort of have my own PTAT setup with two HD TiVos, each recording a different OTA channel and I come in and watch what I want, skipping ALL of the blessed commercials. Just because my TiVos do not do the deed for me does not change the outcome.
As someone earlier suggested, stations and networks need to adapt to the current and future technology, because this type of event is going to be more frequent and widely used, no matter what the outcome with Dish and Gannett, they are using their finger to plug a whole in the dike while the entire dike is starting to crumble.
Litigation and threats will not stop progress, I see Dish spreading this technology to most or all of the channels it carries, having multiple tuners that record entire categories of channels for us to watch later, bringing satellite VOD much closer to what cable has to offer, whether the commercial skip is in there is irrelevant, the real breaktrough here is the method of recording and playing back the stream.
With the current Hopper, there is potential right now to record 12 simultaneous data streams, but I do not think 4 channels per tuner is the limit there either, with some channel rearranging (putting similar channels from the same package on the same TP you can see where a 5TB drive could record 100 channels coming from the satellite for 24 hours, limit that to 8 hours/day and you already have 100 channels for 3 days, cut that to 50 channels and you could record 8 hours/day for 6 days, assunimg 2GB/hr, which is probably 2X high for MPEG4 recordings.
Anyway enough rambling - this multi channel recording technology is super exciting, and the autohop is not really that important in the overall scheme of things.
Personally I think Dish did it just to get the attention of the stations/networks and say if you keep gouging me for revenue, I'll make your revenue source irrelevant.
Edited by Jim5506, 06 October 2012 - 10:12 PM.