New York judge refuses to shut down ?Hopper? DVR in new win for Dish ? Tech News and Analysis (click for full article) by Jeff John Roberts 1 HOUR AGO SUMMARY: The Hopper, a Dish DVR that lets users skip large blocks of ads, remains legal in New York after a judge refused to issue a preliminary injunction against the service. In July, a California appeals court also gave a greenlight to the Hopper. -- Satellite-TV service Dish Networks has won another court fight over its Hopper technology, a DVR that allows viewers to fast-forward through commercials, after a New York court refused to issue an injunction shutting down the service. In a ruling issued on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Laura Swain denied ABCs request for a preliminary injunction to stop the Hopper. The reasons for her decision are under seal at the request of the parties, but will likely be published later this month. The ruling is a new blow for broadcasters who have portrayed the Hopper as a mortal threat to their business since it permits consumers to record shows and then skip over entire commercial sets when they watch them later.