The makers of pay TV set-top boxes need to consider stepping up their own consolidation movement, with the top four pay-TV services in North America all trying to merge.
An image of an gaming controller featuring Amazon's brand and buttons designed for media playback controls has ignited a media blitz with reports that speculate Amazon could soon begin selling a connected TV device that can support streaming video services and gaming.
Dish Network added 8,000 net video subscribers in the fourth quarter, with growth slowing compared to the 14,000 it picked up in Q4 2012 and the 22,000 net video subs it posted in the same period in 2011.
More pay TV subscribers want to be able to access to programs stored on their DVRs similar to the way Dish Network customers can use its Sling product to watch video from set-tops in their homes on any Internet-connected device, Parks Associates said Friday.
EchoStar said it acquired full ownership of Dublin-based mobile satellite services operator Solaris Mobile from former parents Eutelsat and SES and will take over Solaris Mobile's one S-band payload currently in orbit. No financial details were provided for the deal.
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.