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Three US TV broadcasters, Fox, NBC and CBS, have sued the maker of the device, Dish Network, in a bid to ensure viewers see ads.

Dish Network has filed a separate lawsuit which asks a court to declare that ad-skipping can go ahead.

The networks fear that if viewers choose not to see ads their main source of revenue will dry up.

The Hopper digital video recorder was unveiled in early 2012 by Dish Network. On 10 May it added an “auto hop” feature that allowed viewers to completely skip over adverts that interrupted shows they had recorded.

The lawsuits of the TV networks, which were filed individually, allege that the ad hopping is illegal because it involves the gadget making an unauthorised version of a copyrighted TV show.

In its lawsuit Fox claims showing a programme without ads amounts to re-broadcasting – which violates agreements Dish has with the company.

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