With CNN's ratings hitting record lows recently, Dish Network chairman Charlie Ergen is using licensing renewal negotiations with Turner Networks to scale back on smaller services.
Dish Network has taken CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and half a dozen other Turner Networks channels off its program guide after reaching an impasse in program licensing renewal talks.
Duck season. Rabbit season. No--earnings season. Leaders of the top cable, satellite and IPTV operators will be forced in the coming weeks to get on the phone with their investors and analysts and spill some beans. Who is losing gobs of subscribers? Who is watching program costs shred their bottom lines? It is all summarized in FierceCable 's running third-quarter earnings report diary, which can be found here.
A federal judge has issued a key tentative decision in favor of Dish Network in its court battle with Fox, ruling that the pay-TV operator's "Primetime Anytime" DVR feature does not infringe on the programmer's copyright.
Media pundits have questioned how Dish Network is going to cram pricey cable channels like ESPN into its upcoming OTT service, and also include the major broadcast networks in a package that cost only around $30.
Dish Network has signed a multiyear extension to continue letting Frontier Communications bundle its satellite video services with Frontier's bundled broadband and voice packages.
Programmers are suddenly willing to play ball with OTT insurgents and are conceding to pared-down bundles targeted to millennials. But is their desperation a good thing?
Dish Network now finds itself at the center of the national debate on medical marijuana use, with a worker it fired in 2010 filing a complaint that has gone all the way to the Colorado Supreme Court.
Signaling what might very well become a broader trend for archival programming on pay-TV platforms, ESPN Classic has transitioned from a linear to on-demand channel on Dish Network.
Dish Network announced a wide-reaching program-renewal deal with Scripps Networks, giving the No. 2 satellite operator, among other things, rights to put channels including HGTV, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and DIY Network on its soon-to-launch OTT service.