DirecTV is considering matching rival Dish Network with its own over-the-top service, but the prospect of launching such a product doesn't necessarily excite the satellite operator.
With its chief rival Dish Network battling CBS Corp., Turner Networks and Fox News in the fourth quarter, DirecTV saw a flurry of refugee subscribers join its ranks.
Citigroup Research analyst Jason Bazinet cratered Viacom's share price last month when he suggested that the media conglomerate's upcoming carriage talks with Dish Network could go south in a hurry.
While everyone from Democratic Party operatives to TV critics to casual fans mourn the pending departure of Jon Stewart from Comedy Central's The Daily Show, the channel's parent company, Viacom, must now figure out a way to move forward without a key asset.
Sling TV's rapid growth of programming choices, highlighted by the addition of AMC Networks this week, has made a lot of folks bullish on Dish Network's new OTT service. However, according to The Diffusion Group, it's the service's $20 price point that will enable it to achieve mainstream adoption.
While DirecTV continues to target cable's market share with actor Rob Lowe and his dysfunctional doppelgangers, Dish Network is now taking the fight to the home field of the satellite TV business with a new campaign targeting DirecTV subscribers.
Sling TV, the new over-the-top service currently being rolled out by Dish Network, announced Monday the addition of AMC Networks channels to its core offering, as well as the introduction of a new $5-a-month add-on programming bundle focused on sports. The additions come as the OTT service ends its "invitation only" phase and now becomes available to broadband consumers across the U.S.
Dish Network's new over-the-top venture, Sling TV, is now available to subscribers across the U.S., the company announced Monday. It also bulked up its $20 per month core offering, adding AMC Networks channels, and added a Sports Extra package. Sling TV is also is continuing to update its device availability and streaming options.
After numerous failed attempts to "re-invent" the television experience, Apple is reportedly set to take another bite.
Reviews of Dish Network's new OTT service generally say that it is technologically elegant, but lacking in the breadth and depth of programming necessary to render it "game-changing." Yet Sling TV has a few key differentiating factors that make it more than just a cheaper version of cable.