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Comcast adds Sling TV app to Xfinity Flex broadband-only offering

US cable giant Comcast is launching a Sling TV app on its Xfinity Flex service, which targets broadband-only customers that don’t want to take a pay TV service. The move has been seen as something of a departure for Comcast, indicating a growing focus on attracting and retaining broadband customers as its pay TV base […]

DISH blames AT&T as HBO goes dark for first time

HBO has disappeared from US pay TV operator DISH Network’s platform after the pair failed to agree on carriage terms, leading the operator to claim that the move is evidence of AT&T’s power to harm competition in the wake of its merger with Time Warner. The dispute marks the first time that the US premium […]

SVOD customer satisfaction far exceeding that of pay TV

Customer satisfaction with streaming video services such as Netflix in the US far exceeds that for traditional pay TV services, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), an annual survey of consumer attitudes to services including pay TV, video streaming, ISPs and fixed and wireless phone. Customer satisfaction with pay TV services fell 3.1% […]

US top 10 TV providers lost 200k subs in Q1

The top 10 TV service providers in the US lost over 200,000 customers between them in Q1 2018, according to Informitv’s Multiscreen Index. According to the research outfit, there were 373,000 fewer satellite subscribers and 245,000 fewer cable TV customers among the top 10 US providers at the end of the quarter. Over the same […]

Ergen: OTT could be bigger than satellite but carries risks for content

OTT TV has “the potential to be as big or bigger” than satellite TV but carries significant risks of being “disruptive” for the pay TV business, creating an environment that is “so chopped up it is a truly à la carte experience”, according to US satellite pay TV operator Dish Network’s CEO Charlie Ergen. Speaking […]

Rovi agrees 10-year patent deal with DISH

Rovi has signed a 10-year patent renewal license agreement with US pay TV operator DISH Network. Under the deal, DISH will continue to license to Rovi’s natural language platform, Conversation Services, as well as other Rovi products. “Our renewal with DISH further validates the long-term value and relevance of our intellectual property portfolio, reinforcing the […]

DISH adds ultra HD Netflix support

US satellite TV operator DISH has added 4K, ultra high-definition support for Netflix content on its Hopper 3 DVR. The Netflix app has been available on the Hopper 3 set-top box since February, but access now includes Netflix’s original such as Marvel’s Daredevil and House of Cards in 4K. The Netflix content joins DISH’s inventory […]

Dish in coalition to spike Charter acqusition

Dish Network has joined a coalition that aims to stop Charter Communications’ big-money acquisition of Time Warner Cable. The Stop Mega Cable Coalition comprises 13 bodies, including AT&T-owned cable firm Dish, public interest groups, the Writers Guild of America (East and West) and a telecoms-broadband association. One effect of the deal would be to threaten […]

DISH taps Rovi for TV voice controls

US pay TV provider DISH has partnered with Rovi to add the latter’s Conversation Services’ spoken-voice interface to a portfolio of it products.  During 2015, DISH will add the voice technology into its DISH Explorer second-screen app for iPad, Hopper Voice remote, and its DISH Anywhere mobile app, allowing subscribers to use voice search to […]

Dish Network rebrands DishWorld as Sling International

US pay TV operator Dish Network has rebranded its package of international TV channels aimed at US subscribers, formerly known as DishWorld, as Sling International, the international version of the Sling TV OTT service it recently launched in the US.  Sling International will offer programming from close to 200 channels in 18 languages to US […]

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