You will undoubtedly pay more if Dish does not stand up now. As I alluded to above, the the VHS and DVR did not go away, as much as has evolved. Technology does not stop because a company wants to be greedy. Protecting your assets of course, but ask the music industry and movie industry how trying to stop technology worked out. All the copy protection etc.. was a waste of their money and time. Had they just focused on what the consumer was looking for - downloading songs without having to get the whole album from the start, they would not have wasted their resources. Seems the models that evolved are working quite nicely. And the strong resistance to having video recordings in the home, along with movies? Turned into a bonanza for the movie industry, and it evolved from Betamax/VHS to DVD, to Blue-ray and streaming. If the skip feature were to go away, there is no question something similar will show up somewhere else. (Direct TV it is said has a similar feature in the wings) And for the record, this "dispute" was never ever about the Hoppa it was about money, and Gannett used the skip feature as a ruse.