Zapping TV's Money-Makers

Commentary by Bill Buchanan

Somewhere out there is a heroic inventor on a level with Edison, Marconi and Franklin. Yes, someone has invented Auto Hop —- a device offered by the Dish Network that lets you skip commercials on television shows when recorded on a DVR. You don’t even have to fast-forward. You just hit a single button to automatically skip through the incessant whining of television commercials. As you might guess, network television executives are not exactly enamored with this new gadget. Advertising commercials pay the freight for

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