I put my conspiracy theory guy pants on this morning as I emailed a couple of media analysts with a half-baked theory whose time has come: In hoisting a controversial new bundling strategy that has irked its programming partners, Verizon is really working to build leverage to negotiate content rights for its upcoming wireless OTT service.
After acquiring voice-recognition software startup Veveo for $62 million 14 months ago, Rovi announced a major sale of the technology, embedding it into the video products of Dish Network.
Dish Network has expanded the in-home availability of the Netflix app on its system, extending its use beyond Dish's Hopper DVRs and to the Joey client boxes in adjacent rooms.
In the past 15 months, programmers have finally opened up to reality that today's mobile TV consumer wants more choice. Roger Lynch, VP of advanced technologies for Dish Network, has had a front-row seat to this dramatic change of attitude. FierceCable recently caught up with Lynch to talk targeted advertising, Dish's work with Disney and the decision to reuse the "Sling" brand.
After delaying for 24 hours the launch of HBO service on its Sling TV platform last week to iron out technical glitches, Dish Network's OTT platform still experienced streaming hiccups Sunday during the much-watched season-five premiere of HBO's Game of Thrones.
Dish Network is pushing back the originally scheduled Wednesday launch of HBO on its Sling TV platform to address various technical issues.
Willing to expand its programming bundle to get more sports into its portfolio of networks, Dish Network has added Outside Television to its "Multi Sport" programming package.
Dish Network agreed to content-provider demands to cap subscribers at 2 million for its new over-the-top service, Sling TV, a report says.
Dish Network representatives confirmed that the company's just-announced contract extension with HBO will include access to the premium channel on Dish's new over-the-top pay-TV service, Sling TV. For an additional $15 a month, users of Sling TV's basic $20-a-month "Best of Live TV" core package will be able to access one live HBO channel, as well as its VOD programming.
Turner Networks announced that has signed a long-term carriage agreement with Dish Network, and that its Time Warner Inc. pay-TV sibling, HBO, has done the same.