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10. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Sep 15, 2012, 23:33 TheEmissary
Quboid wrote on Sep 15, 2012, 19:29:
Ozmodan wrote on Sep 15, 2012, 14:57:
CBS cracks me up, they are charging Dish big bucks to show their channel and they are whining about getting advertising skipped? Double dipping jerks if you ask me. They are upping my cable bill so I can watch that channel, skipping commercials should be my right!

Oh I already do that through the PC, it is so easy to do.

Ah yes, the right to skip commercials. That's up there with the rights people are dying to get across the Middle East.

I skip commercials all the time but I don't have the sort of sense of entitlement that makes me think this is a right. If the provider bans it, tough. Don't be their customer. If (when!) enough people do this, then they'll change or die.

It may not be a right of the consumer but I feel they are certainly entitled to be able to skip the commercials on paid television services. For over the air broadcasts no one is entitled to skip the commercials because that is how the programming is supported. On Cable and satellite the subscriber is already paying the tier fees to have those channels.

The channel owners like CBS are going to be fighting a losing battle as there are multiple legal ways to skip commercials. People have been skipping commercial by watching live TV with a 5-10min delay or watching it off DVR and skipping them with 30sec advance. If people paid for the content to be brought to them then they should be able to decide how it gets consumed.
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