- Associated Press - Thursday, May 24, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Broadcaster Fox is suing Dish Network over a service that offers commercial-free TV.

Dish has been advertising a digital video recorder service called “Primetime Anytime” that gives consumers access to the last eight days of prime-time programming from the four major broadcast networks with the commercials stripped out.

In a suit filed Thursday in a Los Angeles federal court, Fox, a unit of News Corp., says Dish’s service is unauthorized and violates a licensing agreement between the two companies.

It argues that if a court doesn’t stop it, the service will destroy the economic foundation of shows that are supported by advertising revenue.

A Dish spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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