Leichtman Research Group found that the 13 largest pay-TV operators grew video subscriptions by less than 10,000 customers in the first quarter, signaling a major slowdown from the 250,000 added in Q1 2014--but not the actual recession signaled by an earlier analyst report.
Although his comments didn't rise to the level of inflammatory rhetoric he's often known for, Dish Network chairman and CEO reminded investors Monday that Dish's pending talks with Viacom are pay TV's most anticipated upcoming carriage negotiation for a reason.
Early results for new OTT service Sling TV have been "encouraging," but the product needs to improve in the challenging technological area of streaming live TV, according to Dish Network CEO Charlie Ergen.
Blackouts associated with carriage disputes continued to take a toll on Dish Network in the first quarter, with the satellite operator losing 134,000 customers to start the year.
CHICAGO--Speaking on an INTX panel Thursday focused on over-the-top distribution, Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch conceded that his new service experiences a greater amount of quick cancellations after sign-up, compared to traditional pay-TV services.
Dish Network has once again bulked up the program offering of its three-month-old over-the-top service, Sling TV, adding two Latino-focused add-on packages while moving Bloomberg TV to the service's basic tier.
Dish Network is joining forces with T-Mobile, Sprint, C Spire Wireless and a group of policy and public interest groups on a new alliance created to pressure the FCC as it creates rules for the 600 MHz incentive auctions.
Dish Network will not be presenting the UFC 186: Johnson vs. Horiguchi pay-per-view event, with the satellite operator and the fight org unable to reach a carriage agreement.
I put my conspiracy theory guy pants on this morning as I emailed a couple of media analysts with a half-baked theory whose time has come: In hoisting a controversial new bundling strategy that has irked its programming partners, Verizon is really working to build leverage to negotiate content rights for its upcoming wireless OTT service.
After acquiring voice-recognition software startup Veveo for $62 million 14 months ago, Rovi announced a major sale of the technology, embedding it into the video products of Dish Network.