Dish Network Corp. chairman Charlie Ergen says his company's ad-skipping DVR, the Hopper, has a side benefit: It keeps children from watching ads about junk food and alcohol.
Dish is in a legal fight with CBS, NBC and Fox over its Hopper digital video recorder.
Flip on the set-top box's "PrimeTime Anytime" service, and the machine records four hours of TV every night from ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox while stripping out commercials.
The broadcasters suing Dish say the service is unauthorized and violates licensing agreements. Dish has said its service is not much different from how people use other DVRs.
Ergen made the comments in prepared remarks for the U.S. House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology on Wednesday.
The company is based in Englewood, Colo.
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