Monday's Dish Network press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show was as jarring as a ride across the outback in a pouch. It started off with CEO Joseph Clayton being escorted onto the Mandalay Bay stage by a small marching band of kangaroo-costumed players, a reference to the Hopper DVR the executive would soon laud.
Comcast executives appeared undaunted by new OTT offerings such as Dish Network's newly revealed Sling TV, which offers about a dozen channels, including ESPN, ESPN 2, TNT, TBS, Cartoon Network and CNN for about $20 per month. However, they admitted that OTT offerings from Dish, CBS, HBO and others are driving more experimentation with content packages, which is good for the pay-TV industry and the consumer.
Dish Network's official unveiling of its over-the-top television service, Sling TV, at CES brought an unexpected surprise for potential subscribers: They can sign up for $20 per month, a price point that is as much as $10 lower than some analysts had predicted.
While the introduction by Dish Network Monday of its much ballyhooed streaming service, Sling TV, commanded the bulk of attention, another significant product introduction got a little lost in the noise. Dish will also introduce to its customers later this month a 4K version of its Hopper DVR that is compatible with any Ultra HD TV set.
LAS VEGAS--The future of the video market will likely include new ways for users to access content, including by asking for it with their voices and navigating through options with a wave of their hand. Users in the future will also likely be able to purchase smaller, cheaper bundles of content and TV channels.
Dish Network officially unveiled its anticipated over-the-top pay-TV service Sling TV, which will be available for $20 per month. In addition, the company announced a 4K version of its Hopper DVR.
Dish Network has begun testing its much lauded new OTT service on its already launched international streaming platform DishWorld.
Hedging against a protracted carriage battle with Fox News, Dish Network has signed an agreement to carry Glenn Beck's indie conservative channel TheBlaze.
Culminating months of often vitriolic rhetoric, both attacking and defending Comcast's proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable, the end to the FCC's formal public commenting cycle rendered the predictable flurry of last-minute filings and statements.
Dish Network engaged in talks with embattled Sony Pictures over the weekend about screening the comedy feature The Interview for its 14 million subscribers, but ultimately balked.