EchoStar's Sling Media subsidiary said it launched a channel on Roku's over-the-top video platform that allows pay TV subscribers to watch live programming and DVR content, and that it will introduce an app for Microsoft Windows 8.1 devices in December.
Six years after buying Sling Media for $380 million, Charlie Ergen's EchoStar Corp. said Monday that it signed a deal with set-top and cable hardware giant Arris which will make it the exclusive distributor of Sling's place-shifting technology.
EchoStar and Vivendi subsidiary GVT are combining resources in a proposed pay TV joint venture in Brazil that would leverage GVT's IP network and EchoStar's satellite and video technology expertise.
EchoStar Corp. said it is negotiating a deal with Vivendi subsidiary GVT focused on launching a new pay TV service in Brazil.
Updated: Satellite equipment provider Echostar is giving European operators a closer look at its Hopper with Sling combination set-top box this week. Already an established hit with U.S. Dish Networks subscribers, the demo is a way to show what's possible as satellite, cable and telco delivery methods evolve on the continent and elsewhere.
Arris said it struck a deal with EchoStar's Sling Media division which will allow it to launch a media streaming device for cable subscribers similar to the Slingbox Dish Network markets to satellite TV customers.
Cisco led set-top vendors in the first quarter in revenue share, according to a report from Infonetics.
Dish Network has requested that the FCC waive its network buildout requirements on the 700 MHz E Block spectrum that Dish acquired during the FCC's 2008 auction. Dish said that a number of factors, including a lack of suitable equipment and ongoing uncertainty over interference, have prevented the company from building out a network in the spectrum.
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.
EchoStar said it picked up about 43,000 subscribers in the fourth quarter from its new HughesNet Gen4 satellite broadband service.