Home automation services may have great potential for service providers to gain incremental revenue, but the reality is that home automation contractors and pay-TV installers have never had the greatest relationship.
Despite a series of apologies and purported fixes, Dish Network's seminal over-the-top pay-TV product, Sling TV, continues to experience service interruptions.
The relationship between home automation contractors and custom AV system integrators with pay-TV installers has often been challenging. Frank DeFilippes, a former custom installer hired in December to head channel programs for Dish Network, wants to change that.
With the overall U.S. satellite TV business losing 214,000 customers in the second quarter-- and losing pay-TV market share to cable for the very first time-- MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett says the sector is now officially a mature business that is no longer growing.
While some investment analysts have predicted that carriage renewal talks between Dish Network and Viacom will break down, Evercore's Vijay Jayant thinks both sides have too much to lose to wage a protracted blackout battle.
His streaming service may be owned by one of the biggest pay-TV operators in North America, but Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch continues to take shots at traditional pay-TV services.
AMSTERDAM-- Roger Lynch, the CEO of Dish Network's Sling TV service, said the company is evaluating Apple's new TV service and might develop a Sling TV app for the platform.
Hoping to speed installations by leveraging auto-discovery tools, Dish Network has completed integration of its Hopper DVR with control modules of leading home-automation suppliers AMX by Harman, Crestron, Pro Control and RTI.
A week after facing down Sinclair Broadcast Group in a heated retransmission negotiation that involved the blackout of 129 stations, Dish Network was sued by a single CBS affiliate in Evansville, Ind. for allegedly coming up short on retransmission payments.
Taking a shot at a regulatory agency that is about to make key decisions on the future of broadcast retransmission negotiations, Sinclair Broadcast Group said the FCC did "nothing" to lead it to make a deal with Dish Network earlier this week that ended a record-sized TV station blackout.