OK, I'm going to be the Grumpy Gus about this because I think it is a major step backwards imposed by one of the largest and most profitable international entertainment conglomerates in the world.
To be clear, in case you misunderstood the press release, you will be able to watch the DVRed ABC show immediately.. it's just the AutoHop commercial skipping that will be delayed by 3 days. You can watch the DVRed content the night it is recorded and skip the commercials manually just like on any other channel.
So what you and the press are telling me is that you've received clarifying information indicating that this....
DISH will disable AutoHop functionality for ABC content within the C3 ratings window.
...means that the Disney folks settled for viewers pushing a skip button for the first three days and are further ok with auto skipping after that. So we know exactly what they did to all future viewers.
I guess it lets the other networks know that Dish was willing to give up the only significant benefit of having a Hopper over, say, having a DVR that is capable of simultaneously recording any five programs at once at any time (like the DirecTV Genie) or four programs at once at any time plus an incredible on-demand streaming selection (like the Xfinity X1 Platform)?
I agree with this assessment....
Dish could not risk a blackout of ESPN, which is by many measurements the most valuable channel to American TV subscribers. So by agreeing to disable AutoHop, the distributor is putting its corporate interests -- and Disney's interests -- ahead of ad-skipping innovation.
And I don't get the enthusiasm for what's described in this AP article:
...The agreement opens the way for the satellite TV service to live-stream Disney-owned channels like ESPN and ABC over the Internet to customers' smartphones, tablets, video game consoles and other devices.
The goal is to attract so-called cord-cutters who have become disenchanted with large channel packages and rising monthly bills for cable or satellite service.
Charlie Ergen, Dish Network Corp. chairman, hinted at the underpinnings of the deal last month, when he admitted that the traditional pay-TV business model — charging customers $80 or $100 a month for hundreds of channels, many of which they never watch — is not appealing to younger people.
Unless someone knows something I don't, paying for the ability to "live-stream Disney-owned channels" such as ABC and ESPN over the internet means watching commercials. What I'm getting from all this is that Charlie caved to the pressure to force viewers to watch commercials along with paying the channels for the right to watch content with commercials.
You see the writer of the AP article wrote this omitting what I'm inserting in bold italic:
With a string of recent deals, cable and satellite providers are beginning to acknowledge a brutal truth that companies like Hulu and Netflix have known all along: Many TV viewers, especially young ones, want shows and movies on their own terms — wherever, whenever and on whatever devices they choose without commercial interruptions.
I'm an old guy not some young guy up on the latest fads. I know that my best alternative to paying Dish or DirecTV or Xfinity $100+ a month is to really "cut the cord" (which really isn't cutting the cord) and use Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and iTunes in some combination of subscriptions and purchases at substantially less annual cost than having cable or satellite TV to view a lot of TV without commercials and, at least for the moment, a few days after they air stream for free shows from many channels if I'm willing to watch commercials.
Read this article published today TV Streaming Head-to-Head: Netflix vs Hulu vs Amazon Prime. Then think about how much subscribing to all three would cost compared to what you pay Dish.
I consider this acquiescence by Charlie as a clear indication that it is impossible to mount any real challenge to the five big TV conglomerates.
Now I must return to my spreadsheets to determine what is the most economical method of acquiring access to all the programming I want to see and, Charlie, so far you're not scoring well.