CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves won't say exactly how many subscribers his company's new over-the-top platform, CBS All Access, has. But he did say the service has surpassed Sling TV, the new OTT platform launched by Dish Network last month, which has purportedly gathered more than 100,000 customers.
Dish Network executives are privately encouraged that about 100,000 users have signed up for a free trial of the company's new Sling TV over-the-top programming service one month after launch.
Dish Network made a series of moves Tuesday that are bound to please its multiscreen enthusiast customers.
The 13 largest pay-TV operators lost 125,000 subscribers in 2014, up from 95,000 in 2013, according to new data released Tuesday by Leichtman Research Group.
Multiscreen tech company Synacor announced an agreement with Comcast-owned online video subsidiary thePlatform to provide crucial technology for an end-to-end multiscreen solution for pay-TV operators, programmers and OTT video companies.
Verizon Communications late last week became the latest telecommunications company to publicly object to Dish Network's strategy for obtaining deep discounts on winning bids in the FCC's recently completed AWS-3 spectrum auction.
Charlie Ergen, Dish Network's chairman and incoming CEO, said that Sony's upcoming over-the-top service is going to have a larger effect on the pay-TV business because it is not an incumbent player.
Dish Network wants to use its wireless spectrum to launch a mobile video service, and it's willing to partner with companies both in and out of the wireless industry to do so, according to Charlie Ergen, chairman of the satellite provider.
Dish Network Chairman and incoming CEO Charlie Ergen dismissed characterizations of his company's new OTT service as being disruptive to pay-TV.
Blackouts with networks including Fox News dinged Dish Network's subscriber base in the fourth quarter, with the satellite service losing 63,000 customers during the three-month period ending Dec. 31.