A Dish Network executive said the company will begin a trial of fixed wireless broadband service with Sprint within a month. Dish launched a similar pilot with Sprint wholesale partner nTelos Wireless in Virginia during June and expanded the service availability in July.
Dish Network sees video as the killer app for the wireless business, an industry it has every intention of entering, and it will not sell its accrued spectrum unless it fails to gain a toehold, according to Charlie Ergen, Dish chairman.
Dish Network, which is moving ahead with an ambitious plan for over-the-top services that includes a new deal with A+E Networks to stream its online channels, posted a $216.3 million profit in the second quarter.
Dish Network reported a second-quarter profit of $216.3 million, or 46 cents a share, vs. a year-ago loss of $11.1 million, driven by a 5.7 percent spike in revenue to $3.69 billion.
Suspecting that Deutsche Telekom will reject its $15 billion offer for T-Mobile US, French telecom company Iliad is reportedly in talks with U.S. pay-TV companies about a sweetened joint bid.
Dish Network announced a broad-reaching programming rights renewal with A+E Networks that will give the Englewood, Colo.-based satellite operator additional channels to include in its groundbreaking OTT service. But the deal will also require it to add more channels to its bloated linear program guide.
Revenue from satellite pay TV companies will surpass that generated by cable operators worldwide and reach $99.9 billion by 2020. However, satellite revenue generated in Western Europe will soon begin to decline as operators face new competition from online platforms.
Verizon Wireless and AT&T have signaled their opposition to proposals from T-Mobile US and Dish Network to effectively split the upcoming auction of AWS-3 spectrum between paired and unpaired airwaves.
Proving that a regional sports network can still obtain major carriage agreements, as long as it has the right audience and the right leverage, the Disney-backed SEC Network will launch nationally on Comcast when it debuts August 14.
With just over four weeks until the Aug. 14 launch of its new regional sports channel, and six weeks away from the first highly anticipated Southeastern Conference football games Aug. 30, Disney has a long way to go before it has ubiquitous carriage of the SEC Network.