Fox loses appeal in Dish-Hopper lawsuit

Dish Network (Nasdaq: DISH) scored another legal victory for its Hopper multi-room DVR after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a request from 20th Century Fox to overturn a lower court's decision.

Fox and other broadcasters have filed lawsuits against Dish aimed at forcing it to disable the AutoHop feature on Hopper, which allows subscribers to automatically remove all of the commercials from primetime programming recorded from CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox.

Last November, a U.S. District Court judge rejected Fox's request for a preliminary injunction, ruling that it didn't demonstrate that it would be able to prove Dish had breached terms of its licensing agreement with Fox or that Dish had violated copyright law. Wednesday's decision affirmed that ruling.

Fox may file another appeal. "We will review all of our options, and proceed accordingly," a spokesman told Reuters.

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- Reuters has this story

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