Dish, which added Auto Hop to its Hopper HD DVR last month, is locked in a legal battle with the networks over the legality of the ad-zapper. A court hearing is expected next month.
Adams acknowledges that it needs to negotiate a new carriage agreement with Dish. But he said the satcaster's decision to drop the stations was a total surprise. Adams added that after Dish dropped the stations, it immediately issued a press release saying Hoak dropped them because of Auto Hop.
"I guess they want to make an example out of us and get publicity for their device (Auto Hop)," Adams said.
Hoak has stations in Texas, Colorado, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Florida. There has been no comment yet from Dish on Hoak's charges.
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