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The war of words between broadcasters and Dish Network over Dish’s AutoHop ad-skipping technology is heating up along with the litigation each side has filed against the other. On Wednesday, CBS CEO Les Moonves threatened to pull CBS stations from Dish if the satcaster doesn’t ditch AutoHop. “Hopper cannot exist,” Moonves told an investor conference in LA. “If Hopper exists, we will not be in business with (Dish). We cannot produce episodes for $3.5 million a piece and have the people at Dish say they will pull out the commercials. We will not be on Dish. We will go elsewhere.” Yesterday, Dish CEO Joe Clayton fired back, accusing CBS of trying to “bully” consumers. “Let me say this to Mr. Moonves and the broadcasters,” Clayton said at an investor conference in NY. “They would be well advised to tune in to the consumer. Give the consumer a better experience and everybody wins. The fast-forward button didn’t kill the television business.” Good thing they were 3,000 miles apart.