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.
Hughes Network Systems said Monday it shipped more than 487,000 broadband satellite terminals worldwide last year, indicating that it is seeing a demand in rural markets for its new Gen4 high-speed Internet service.
Dish Network launched a new version of its Hopper multiroom DVR which incorporates place-shifting technology from EchoStar's Sling Media subsidiary.
Three months after a rocket failure prompted it to delay its satellite launch, EchoStar said that it successfully launched a Ku-band satellite from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Tuesday.
Dish Network filed a trademark application on Nov. 8 for the brand Hopper Transfers, which the satellite TV provider said could be used for delivering video and audio mobile phones, tablets, PCs and other devices.
EchoStar's Sling Media subsidiary unveiled high-definition versions of its Slingbox place-shifting set-tops that allow cable and satellite TV subscribers to access live and recorded programming from DVRs on PCs, tablets and smartphones anywhere in the world with an Internet connection.
Hughes Network Systems said Monday that it activated its Gen4 satellite broadband Internet service, charging subscribers $99 monthly for download speeds of up to 15 Mbps.
DirecTV has submitted trademark applications for the brand "Grab & Go" for use in products related to mobile video and digital video recorders.
EchoStar has filed a patent application for weather stations that could be installed on roofs of satellite TV subscribers to monitor how storms such as Tropical Storm Isaac are impacting satellite TV reception, and also to deliver hyperlocal weather reports to subscribers.