Every single TV watcher since the beginning of time (because let's be real, time didn't exist before TV was invented, right?) has wished for the ability to instantly skip over the commercials. Well now that technology is finally here. I know we put a man on the moon in 1969, but in 2012? We can skip commercials, take that 69'. The catch? It's only on Dish Network.
The new "Auto Hop" feature for the whole home DVR joins the "PrimeTime Anytime" feature which allows you to record the primetime programing on all 4 major networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX) every night. These features are both completely exclusive to Dish Network, but added to the ability to stream your DVR anywhere on your phone or tablet, and they have completely pulled ahead of DirecTV as far as accessibility of technology.
"The magic of PrimeTime Anytime is that it allows DISH subscribers to catch up on all primetime shows, including episodes recorded over the past week and recommended by friends, family, and co-workers after they've already been broadcast," said Vivek Khemka, vice president of DISH Product Management. "With Hopper, you have access to all primetime HD programs broadcast by the four major networks. Now you can watch many of those shows commercial-free, with Auto Hop."
It will be interesting to see what Dish Network does going forward. With the Hopper and the purchase of Blockbuster Video they are setting themselves up to be a very big player in the TV game for decades to come.