After back-to-back product introductions at the beginning of this year by DirecTV, Comcast and Dish Network, it looked as though pay-TV was going to embrace 4K/UltraHD in a pretty significant way in 2015. But save for a few sporadic announcements about 4K-enabling satellite launches, there has been little if any actual movement in the pay-TV industry on the UltraHD topic since January.
Dish Network announced pay-TV's first programmatic ad exchange for linear television.
Dish Network led a chorus of complaints against the proposed merger of Charter Communications with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. In filings with the FCC, Dish, the Writers Guild of America for the West, set-top maker Zoom Telephonics, public-interest groups and others generally argued that the proposed transaction would limit competition in the cable industry, thus affecting Charter's competitors and broadband Internet users across the country.
Dish Network and Tegna announced on Sunday that they reached a long-term TV broadcast retransmission agreement. The companies declined to provide the terms of the deal.
Deutsche Bank analysts Bryan Kraft, Clay Griffin and Sunny Kwak say Dish Network is still "in the driver's seat" in regard to its wireless spectrum assets.
Media General said that it has reached a renewal deal for broadcast retransmission licensing with DirecTV, avoiding a blackout that would have impacted 62 stations in 48 markets.
Tegna Media said it has agreed to wait an additional 24 hours from the 7 p.m. EST expiration of its retrans deal tonight with Dish Network before blacking out its 46 stations on the satellite operator's service.
New service features from Dish Network and Comcast offer Uber-like transparency to customers, letting them know not only know the ETA and location status of the technician who's about to visit their home, but their name, as well.
Dish Network said Tegna Media has rejected its offer to extend its current retrans deal beyond its Oct. 1 expiration and is threatening to black out its 51 stations in 39 markets.
Dish Network has rolled out the first major upgrades to its Sling TV user interface, with Xbox One users receiving an updated player app this week.