Google adds Sling TV app to Android TV

Google has added a Sling TV app to its Android TV platform, bringing the Dish Network-owned Sling Media OTT service to users of the platform in the US. Sling TV offers 22 channels for US$20 (€18) a month, including sports service ESPN and its SportsCenter highlights service. For an additional US$15, users can add an […]

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 opens up Sling TV to all

US pay TV operator Dish TV has opened up its Sling TV OTT TV service to all who wish to sign up. The service, which until now has only been accessible to invited customers, went live yesterday. Sling TV offers live access to 15 channels for US$20 (€18). In addition to the soft-launch line-up, which […]

Dish becomes first US operator to carry Netflix

Satellite pay TV operator Dish has become the first US service provider to make Netflix available via its set-top boxes. The subscription video-on-demand service is now available via Dish’s second-generation Hopper set-tops, giving Dish customers the ability to subscribe to Netflix and view shows including House of Cards and Orange is the New Black from […]

US pay TV losses rise in third quarter

The 13 top US pay TV operators lost 150,000 TV subscribers in the third quarter, compared with a loss of only 25,000 for the same period in 2013, according to research by Leichtman Research Group. Satellite was worst hit, with satellite TV operator losing 40,000 customers in the quarter, compared with a net gain of […]

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 […]

Trace channel secures US carriage

The Trace Sports Stars channel has struck a carriage deal with US pay TV operator Dish. The channel, part of the Modern Times Group since its acquisition of Trace earlier this year, will be carried in Dish’s International Basic Package. The pay TV company will also add the channel to its over-the-top service, DishWorld. The […]

US multichannel video providers have best quarter in two years

The US multichannel video industry had its “best quarter in two years” with cable providers experiencing the fewest video losses in any quarter in the past five years, according to new research. The Leichtman Research Group found that the 13 largest multichannel video providers in the US – including Comcast, DirecTV, Dish and Time Warner […]

Time Warner in talks to distribute channels outside of pay TV

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes has confirmed the media giant is talking to Dish about the possibility of delivering its content to consumers outside of the traditional pay TV system. Satellite company Dish recently struck a deal with Disney to distribute various ABC, Disney and ESPN services to connected devices outside of a pay TV […]

Nagra expands Dish security partnership

Swiss-based content protection specialist Nagra has extended its partnership with Dish Network and EchoStar Technologies in the US. Dish and EchoStar are deploying Nagra’s MediaLive Player (NMP) – which includes its MediaAccess Persistent Rights Management (PRM) technology – and Nagra’s studio-approved DRM solution, which will secure the Dish Anywhere multiscreen VoD service for computers, smartphones and […]