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  • Dish Ships Super Joey, A TV Box That Records Eight Shows At Once

    Dish Ships Super Joey, A TV Box That Records Eight Shows At Once

    If you’re like me, when you and your brood of 16 children sit down to watch television of an evening, you end up at an impasse? Not everyone wants to watch the Duggars marathon for the fiftieth time and the little ones want to watch Disney while the older ones want to watch Faces of Death again. What to do? Thankfully, Dish announced that they’re finally shipping the Super Joey, a… Read More

  • Dish Introduces New Joey Set-Top Boxes And Dish Anywhere Apps For iOS, Android, And Kindle Fire

    Dish Introduces New Joey Set-Top Boxes And Dish Anywhere Apps For iOS, Android, And Kindle Fire

    Satellite TV provider Dish is expanding the number of ways that viewers can gain access to its content at CES this year. It’s doing that with support for live, recorded, and on-demand video streaming to iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire tablets and mobile devices through a new group of Dish Anywhere apps. It’s also launching a new “troop” of Joey set-top boxes, building… Read More

  • Blockbuster Gives Up On Retail And DVD-By-Mail Business

    DISH announced this morning that it will be closing down the remaining Blockbuster brick-and-mortar retail locations that it owns, and ending the company’s DVD-by-mail rental service. The decision was made about two-and-a-half years after the satellite TV organization bought the flailing DVD rental business for $228 million in cash. Dish said that while it’s shuttering stores, it… Read More

  • Dish Makes $25.5B Bid For Sprint To Snatch It Out Of Softbank’s Hands

    Dish Makes $25.5B Bid For Sprint To Snatch It Out Of Softbank’s Hands

    A dramatic turn of events in the ongoing story of U.S. carrier consolidation: Dish Network is launching a $25.5 billion bid for number-three carrier Sprint, amounting to $17.3 billion in cash and $8.2 billion in stock. If successful, the deal would effectively snatch Sprint out of the hands of Japanese carrier Softbank, which in October announced that it would pay $20.5 billion for a 70% stake… Read More

  • Aereo Looks To TV Providers, ISPs To Accelerate Growth

    Aereo Looks To TV Providers, ISPs To Accelerate Growth

    Aereo has a lot of plates spinning. The streaming TV startup just launched a huge marketing push in NY, along with the announcement of a $38 million funding round aimed at expansion to over 20 new cities in the coming months. And if that weren’t enough, Aereo is still in the midst of a fierce legal battle with network broadcasters. Still, the company continues to juggle its issues, not… Read More

  • What’s All The Fuss About? Up Close With The Dish Hopper With Slingbox, The Device That Caused CNET To Implode

    What’s All The Fuss About? Up Close With The Dish Hopper With Slingbox, The Device That Caused CNET To Implode

    About a month ago, if you’ll remember, the very fabric of the Internet journalism game was rent asunder when CNET’s parent company, CBS, refused to let it write about the Dish Hopper with Slingbox, a DVR with a system to view your shows remotely built in. More important, however, is the Hopper’s ability to “hop” past commercials in prime-time TV a few days after… Read More

  • Dish’s Charlie Ergen: Netflix Is Going To Change The Paradigm For How People Watch TV

    Dish’s Charlie Ergen: Netflix Is Going To Change The Paradigm For How People Watch TV

    Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen had a few kind words for Netflix at the D: Dive Into Media conference today, saying that the streaming video provider would most likely be successful. More than that, though, he said that the company was already changing the way people are watching TV. Read More

  • Dish Chairman Ergen Doesn’t Want To Kill Ads, He Wants To Make Them Better

    Dish Chairman Ergen Doesn’t Want To Kill Ads, He Wants To Make Them Better

    Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen is no stranger to controversy, so it should be no surprise that he has a controversial plan for the future of advertising. At the D: Dive Into Media conference today, the outspoken pay TV executive said he didn’t want to kill advertising, but wanted to make those ads more relevant to consumers. Read More

  • Dish Introduces Next-Gen Hopper With Sling Technology Built-In

    Dish Introduces Next-Gen Hopper With Sling Technology Built-In

    Dish making big improvements in speed and reliability, and announcing a new feature powered by Sling that will allow consumers to stream live and pre-recorded video to their mobile devices both in and outside of the home. The new devices have double the memory and double the speed of the Hopper introduced last year. Read More

  • Dish And The Dream Of Internet TV

    Dish And The Dream Of Internet TV

    So Dish is the latest company interested in building an Internet TV service, as Bloomberg reported last week that it was in talks with various networks about licensing their content and delivering it over-the-top. But while an over-the-top live TV would certainly be a welcome choice among video options, it’s unlikely to be as cheap or as competitive as everyone would like it to… Read More

  • Ask Forgiveness, Not Permission: Why Dish “Ad-Skipping” Tech Irks TV Execs

    Ask Forgiveness, Not Permission: Why Dish “Ad-Skipping” Tech Irks TV Execs

    When Dish announced their new ad-skipping tech, response was fairly muted. Sure it was some cool technology – the experience is seamless in that you notice maybe the first second of a commercial and then a little notification pops you over the commercials entirely – but TV execs are reportedly upset by Dish’s unilateral decision. Fox’s Peter Rice said it was… Read More

  • Dish Network’s Hopper DVRs Can Now ‘Auto Hop’ Through Commercials

    Dish Network’s Hopper DVRs Can Now ‘Auto Hop’ Through Commercials

    Tell me if this sounds familiar — you’re sitting on a couch watching television, and the commercial breaks seem way longer than the snippets of the show you’re actually trying to watch. As it turns out, some Dish Network customers have been granted a bit of respite from that advertising onslaught. Users who have their living rooms tricked out with the company’s Hopper… Read More

  • Former Sirius CEO Joseph Clayton Takes Over The Reins From Ergen At DISH

    Former Sirius CEO Joseph Clayton Takes Over The Reins From Ergen At DISH

    Satellite TV and video-on-demand company DISH Network this morning announced today that Joseph P. Clayton has been named the company’s president and chief executive officer and has been appointed to its board of directors, effective June 20, 2011. The company’s iconic co-founder, Charles Ergen, will step down from his operational role at the helm of the company but remain as… Read More

  • DISH And EchoStar Settle Patent Litigation With TiVo, Agree To Pay $500 Million

    DISH And EchoStar Settle Patent Litigation With TiVo, Agree To Pay $500 Million

    DISH Network and EchoStar this morning announced that they’ve agreed to pay TiVo $500 million to settle all of their ongoing patent litigation with the digital video recorder company. Under the terms of the settlement agreement, DISH and EchoStar will initially cough up $300 million, with the remaining $200 million distributed in six equal annual payments between 2012 and 2017. Read More

  • Dish Taking Over Blockbuster Leases, Will Maintain Physical Stores

    Dish Taking Over Blockbuster Leases, Will Maintain Physical Stores


    According to an AP report, Dish Networks, the soon-to-be new owner of Blockbuster, is keeping the leases on 500 of Blockbuster’s physical stores. The reasoning, while on the surface inscrutable, will give Dish a physical presence and allow it access to Blockbuster’s assets and brand to sell its own satellite TV service to consumers. Read More

  • DISH Wins Bankruptcy Auction, Buys Blockbuster Assets For $228M In Cash

    DISH Wins Bankruptcy Auction, Buys Blockbuster Assets For $228M In Cash

    DISH Network this morning announced that it was selected as the winning bidder in the bankruptcy court auction for substantially all of the assets of Blockbuster, which went belly up in September 2010. DISH’s winning bid was valued at approximately $320 million, but after adjustments for available cash and inventory and others, the company expects to end up paying approximately $228… Read More

  • Guide to Google TV’s Ecosystem [Video]

    At this week’s Google I/O Conference, the company carefully articulated its vision of the world. There’s Apple in one corner, carefully controlling its ecosystem, rejecting Flash, and conjuring images of an Orwellian Big Brother. As the “one man, one company, one device” (Vic Gundotra’s words) becomes more powerful, Google is trying to posit itself as the… Read More

  • TiVo Responds To Court's Decision To Revisit Patent Case As Stock Plummets

    TiVo Responds To Court's Decision To Revisit Patent Case As Stock Plummets

    TiVo is having a very rough morning. A federal appeals court stated today that it will revisit a digital-video recorder patent dispute between TiVo and both Dish Network and EchoStar. TiVo has sued the companies back in 2004 over its patented DVR technology back when the two were still a single company. They won the suit, but the court has now decided to reconsider its verdict, which is a bit of… Read More

  • The Hurt Keeps Coming: Dish And EchoStar Ordered To Pay TiVo Another $200 Million

    The Hurt Keeps Coming: Dish And EchoStar Ordered To Pay TiVo Another $200 Million

    The battle between Dish and TiVo rages on. As reported by Bloomberg, a judge has ruled that Dish and EchoStar must pay TiVo around $200 million for continuing to provide DVR service to its customers after being told to stop because it was violating TiVo’s patents. Dish and EchoStar plan to appeal the ruling. The new ruling brings Dish and EchoStar’s total payments to TiVo to… Read More

  • EchoStar ordered to pay TiVo $103 million

    EchoStar ordered to pay TiVo $103 million

    Deja Vu? Yeah, EchoStar paid TiVo over a $100 million a couple of years ago for infringing on TiVo‘s DVR patents. But it seems that EchoStar didn’t follow the court’s orders to disabling all the Dish DVRs that infringed on TiVo’s patent. Now they have to pay. Read More