Auto Hop uses patented technology, works with most shows recorded using Primetime Anytime (patent pending). A viewer can watch a show with the Auto Hop option commercial free starting at 1 a.m. ET, after a show has been recorded to the Hopper’s Primetime Anytime library.
Perhaps it's manual for them (Dish - never read up on the process). But after 1am it would be automatic for me. :) Does the patented technology process/filter your copy much like the WMC app... flagging time periods to skip.
Really? That's beyond comment. Although as far as fast-forwarding I have always hated it and use 30-second skip (TiVo and WMC). TiVo with its rewind almost worked perfectly and with WMC I do have to skip back a couple of times. However, I just found out it's programmable as is the skip forward.