Dish Network

Sling TV first OTT player to strike HBO deal

US pay TV operator Dish Networks’ OTT service Sling TV is to become the first online TV service to strike a deal with HBO to provide its content to subscribers.  Sling TV will launch HBO as an add-on to its Best of Live TV package for US$15 (€14) a month. HBO will be available on […]

Aereo assets go up for sale

Failed cloud TV service Aereo has reportedly put its intellectual property and hardware up for sale at a bankruptcy auction this week.  According to a Bloomberg report, Aereo has predicted that its assets could fetch from US$4 million (€3.5 million) to US$31.2 million, which will be used to pay back creditors. The firm is reportedly […]

Ergen to take the reins once again at Dish

Charlie Ergen, chairman of US DTH pay TV provider Dish Network, is to once again take the reins of the company he founded as president and CEO on the retirement of the current chief executive Joseph Clayton at the end of March.  Ergen’s resumption of the chief executive role follows the company’s acquisition of US$13 […]

TVN launches international channel

Polish commercial broadcaster TVN has launched a new international news and entertainment channel aimed at expat Poles. ITI-owned TVN already operates the iTVN international channel and said the new service, iTVN Extra, is aimed at Polish families in international territories and is programmed with news, current affairs, entertainment and kids programming. TVN said iTVN is […]

Dish drops Turner channels in carriage dispute

US pay TV operator Dish has shelved a swathe of Turner Broadcasting channels in a carriage dispute with the channel operator. CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, truTV, TCM, HLN, CNN en Espanol and Boomerang have all been taken off the platform. In a statement Turner said it had offered compromises and accused Dish of acting […]

Dish wants FCC to scrap Comcast-TWC deal

US satcaster Dish Network is petitioning media regulator the Federal Communications Commission to stop the Comcast’s planned takeover of pay TV rival Time Warner Cable. Dish itself it the subject of a rumoured multi-billion dollar merger with US telco AT&T, but claims its rivals would create “irreparable harm to competition and consumers” should the FCC […]

Dish network in OTT first with Disney

US pay TV operator Dish Network has struck what is being described as a landmark deal with Disney that will it see it make Disney content available to multiple devices without the need for a standard pay TV subscription for the first time.  Under the deal, for the first time, Dish customers will be able […]

Blockbuster to shut US DVD business, focus on digital

Dish Network-owned video rental firm Blockbuster is set to close all its remaining US stores and cease its DVD-by-mail services by early January 2014 to focus its efforts on digital offerings.  Announcing the move, Dish said it would close its approximately 300 remaining US retail stores and its distribution centres – all the physical distribution […]

TVI Internacional launches in US

Portuguese international channel TVI Internacional has launched in the US on the Dish Network platform. Prisa-owned TVI Internacional will be part of the Luso pack on Dish Network and is distributed in the US in association with SPT Newark. TVI Internacional is currently available on platforms in Angola, Luxembourg, Andorra, France, Mozambique, Monaco, Switzerland, Spain, […]

Dish makes US$25.5bn Sprint bid

US satellite TV service provider Dish Network has made a US$25.5 billion (€19.5 billion) bid for US wireless carrier Sprint Nextel.  The firm said that its proposed merger with Sprint would produce a combined company that is “better positioned for the future with more spectrum, products, subscribers, financial scale and new opportunities.” The offer rivals […]