Dish Network's splashy debut of its over-the-top programming service, Sling Television, won the Consumer Electronics Show's equivalent of top Oscars Sunday, winning several major "Best of CES" awards.
Fox News' total audience performance has declined by 21.4 percent since its parent company removed it from 14 million Dish Network homes on Dec. 20, according to Nielsen ratings data pulled exclusively for FierceCable by the research department of a leading media agency.
Seeking to ease the frazzled nerves of a pay-TV industry that pays it about $7 billion in annual carriage fees, ESPN executives are downplaying the effects of having cable's top channel on Dish Network's new OTT service, Sling TV.
Using an unclear method of data science, 21 st Century Fox says that Dish Network has lost 90,000 customers since it removed Fox News from the satellite operator's program guide.
Frontier Communications has put another element of its video service business management team in place by naming Stephan LeVan as its new senior VP of video content and delivery.
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.