CEA Hails AutoHop as a Pro-Consumer Innovation
Arlington, VA – 06/27/2012 – The following statement can be attributed to Michael Petricone, senior vice president, government affairs, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) ®, regarding the discussion of DISH Network’s AutoHop at the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology hearing on “The Future of Video” today:
“The AutoHop is a pro-consumer advancement that allows us all to fast-forward through commercials and makes time-shifting viewing even easier. Broadcast networks are raising concerns over this new, compelling technology – just as they did when our industry introduced the Betamax, the TiVo and other video recording technologies. We’ve seen this show before.
“In every case, these technologies have expanded the video marketplace and incentivized viewers to watch more television. In addition, in its Betamax decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the right to record and fast-forward through broadcast programming was legal and protected conduct. We ask Congress to recognize AutoHop and other video recording technologies for what they are: legal and pro-consumer innovations that increase the marketplace for television.”
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