Speaking at the TV of Tomorrow Show in San Francisco Wednesday, Dish Network GM of interactive and advanced TV Adam Lowy defined the desired subscriber base for his company's soon-to-be launched OTT service as being young, digital and somewhat dissonant to traditional pay-TV services.
Dish Network raised plenty of eyebrows two weeks ago, when it became the biggest company ever to accept the online currency Bitcoin as legal tender. But perhaps the move shouldn't have been so surprising.
Cable may still be king of media delivery, but the kingdom's subjects couldn't be more miserable, a new report shows. And while pay-TV subscribers hunt for an alternative to their current subscriptions, the number of over-the-top households continues to grow, another study found.
Dish Network will not be able to assemble a programming package featuring higher-priced Disney channels such as ESPN and the broadcast networks for its new over-the-top programming service without breaking the $30 subscription ceiling it has set for the new venture.
It's not going to be big enough to worry about. That was the essential message put forth by Time Warner Inc. Chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes Thursday, while talking about Dish Network's new over-the-top venture at the Sanford Bernstein Strategic Decisions conference in New York
Taking a chance--or perhaps seizing an opportunity--on a growing, popular but somewhat unstable digital currency, Dish Network announced that it will begin accepting Bitcoin from customers for pay-TV services beginning in the third quarter.
Subscribers to Dish Network who opt for its Hopper DVR will get an added bonus: six free months of Netflix, thanks to a deal the satellite operator signed with the SVOD provider. However, those subscribers won't find Netflix bundled into their DVRs, Variety reports.
AT&T's proposed $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV is not just about streamlining content costs and creating a platform for delivering video content to multiple screens. According to a top AT&T executive, the deal will also create synergies in advertising, set-top box development, billing and more.
Comcast's proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable is not necessarily expected to punch up the volume of dealmaking this year, but it is expected to boost prices, according to a new study by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Dish Network might be able to revive a once-defeated merger with DirecTV in today's regulatory environment--if the merger could be positioned as a response to a merged Comcast-Time Warner Cable. But, economically, it's not feasible, Charlie Ergen, co-founder and chairman told analysts.