A new broadband Internet satellite that ViaSat plans to launch in 2016 could help DirecTV and Dish Network market high-speed services to rural subscribers.
After seeing subscriber growth slow in the first quarter, Dish Network said it will begin offering new customers who order its multiroom DVR a free iPad 2 next week.
Dish Network General Counsel Stanton Dodge and top lobbyists representing cable operators and broadcasters are scheduled to testify Tuesday at a Senate hearing focused on the state of video competition.
While a free preview for the new ABC Now app that launches Tuesday will allow any viewer in New York or Philadelphia to stream live video, subscribers of Time Warner Cable, DirecTV and Dish Network may not be able to use the app after the preview ends on June 30.
While Dish Network reported increased subscriber churn in the first quarter, executives told analysts Thursday that they expect its new Hopper DVR will help it improve retention and drive increased revenue from homes that take the product.
Dish Network said it added 66,000 dishNET broadband Internet subscribers in the first quarter, topping the performance of its core satellite TV service, which gained 36,000 subscribers.
Charter Communications said it lost 24,000 video subscribers in the first quarter, with its performance dropping a whopping 220 percent compared to this time last year, when it gained 20,000 video customers.
Frontier Communications said it picked up 18,300 video subscribers in the first quarter, driven by its agreement to resell Dish Network satellite TV programming to its rural telephone customers.
Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen has generated a notable amount of attention as Dish competes against Japan's SoftBank for control of Sprint Nextel, the nation's third largest wireless carrier. However, Ergen's right hand man in wireless is Tom Cullen, a Dish EVP who heads up corporate development.
Comcast said it will double the recording capabilities later this month on its X1 home video gateways to allow subscribers to record four TV shows or movies simultaneously while watching a fifth program.