As AT&T circled DirecTV in the nearly year-long runup to its $49 billion buyout of the satellite pay TV operator, rival satellite operator Dish Network was also heavily involved through the later stages of the bidding process, not bowing out until just before the deal with AT&T was announced in May.
NBCUniversal has reportedly placed a hold on its lawsuit against Dish Network over ad-skipping features in the Hopper DVR and has begun negotiations with the satellite carrier.
With no major carriage to speak of beyond its part owner, Comcast, nearly 21 months after it first launched, bankrupt regional sports network CSN Houston has been given an offer by Dish Network it might have to actually consider: a la carte distribution.
Verizon might not be interested in buying Dish Network but the company is very interested in snatching up the satcaster's wireless spectrum, according to a news report.
Dish Network has begun shipping its Wireless Joey video distribution system, which connects to the company's Hopper whole-home DVR and up to three wireless client receivers that connect TVs to the home. The unit, which will cost customers $7 a month plus a one-time fee of $50, works just like the wired version allowing users to stream, skip, fast forward ad pause programming.
Speaking at the TV of Tomorrow Show in San Francisco Wednesday, Dish Network GM of interactive and advanced TV Adam Lowy defined the desired subscriber base for his company's soon-to-be launched OTT service as being young, digital and somewhat dissonant to traditional pay-TV services.
Dish Network raised plenty of eyebrows two weeks ago, when it became the biggest company ever to accept the online currency Bitcoin as legal tender. But perhaps the move shouldn't have been so surprising.
Cable may still be king of media delivery, but the kingdom's subjects couldn't be more miserable, a new report shows. And while pay-TV subscribers hunt for an alternative to their current subscriptions, the number of over-the-top households continues to grow, another study found.
Dish Network will not be able to assemble a programming package featuring higher-priced Disney channels such as ESPN and the broadcast networks for its new over-the-top programming service without breaking the $30 subscription ceiling it has set for the new venture.
It's not going to be big enough to worry about. That was the essential message put forth by Time Warner Inc. Chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes Thursday, while talking about Dish Network's new over-the-top venture at the Sanford Bernstein Strategic Decisions conference in New York