Dish Network can still offer its ad-skipping Hopper

The WSJ reports Dish Network won a legal skirmish yesterday as ABC attempted to outlaw features of Dish’s “Hopper,” a digital video recorder (DVR) that automatically records primetime TV broadcasts and allows users to skips ads during replay.

ABC and other major networks contend Dish is violating their copyrights and unfairly competing with its licensees. This is not a ruling on the copyright infringement claims, which the major networks are litigating. Rather, the courts are being consistent in not allowing preliminary injunctions.