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Court Of Appeals Upholds DISH Hopper Ruling

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Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s September 2013 rejection of the Fox Broadcasting Company’s efforts to bar DISH subscribers from using two place-shifting features found on DISH’s Hopper® Whole-Home DVR platform: DISH Anywhere TM and Hopper Transfers TM.

The following statement is attributable to R. Stanton Dodge, DISH executive vice president and general counsel:

“Today’s decision is the fifth in a string of victories for consumers related to our Hopper® Whole-Home DVR platform. DISH is pleased that the Court has sided again with consumer choice and control by rejecting Fox’s efforts to deny our customers access to the DISH Anywhere and Hopper Transfers features. Last year, the Ninth Circuit also rejected Fox’s attempt to block customers from using the AutoHop and PrimeTime Anytime features. We will continue to vigorously defend consumers’ right to choice and control over their viewing experience.”

DISH Anywhere, using Sling technology built into DISH’s Hopper with Sling® Whole-Home DVR, provides a DISH customer, once they receive a television signal in their home, the capability to remotely view that signal from a single Internet-connected device (mobile phone, tablet or PC). Sling technology has been available since 2005 and Fox’s motion was the first to seek to enjoin it.

With the Hopper Transfers feature, a DISH customer can move or duplicate certain Hopper DVR recordings made by the customer to an iPad; and unlike DISH Anywhere, no Internet connection is needed for viewing.

DISH statements regarding prior Court decisions regarding DISH’s Hopper:

September 23, 2013: DISH Applauds Decision Allowing Consumers to Continue to Enjoy Place-Shifting Technology

September 18, 2013: Federal Judge Denies ABC Call to Bar Hopper Features

July 24, 2013: Court of Appeals Upholds DISH Hopper Ruling

Nov. 7, 2012: DISH Cheers Ruling on AutoHop, PrimeTime Anytime

About DISH

DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), through its subsidiaries, provides approximately 14.097 million pay-TV subscribers, as of March 31, 2014, with the highest quality programming and technology with the most choices at the best value. Subscribers enjoy a high definition line-up with more than 200 national HD channels, the most international channels, and award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH Network Corporation is a Fortune 250 company. Visit  www.dish.com.



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