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REPORT: DISH TO OFFER HIGH-SPEED INTERNET SERVICE

August 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

For years, satellite services have been held back by a significant handicap in their competition with cable providers: they have been unable to offer customers high-speed Internet services. That may be about to change. According to published reports, DISH Network plans to launch its own satellite-based broadband service by the end of the year using […]

DISH NETWORK TWEAKS ITS HOPPER AD-SKIPPING DVR

July 26, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

DISH Network has made a series of tweaks to its Hopper digital video recorders that allow subscribers to skip commercials a day after programs are recorded. Among them: Users may now select which channels to record instead of merely recording every program on the air; they may now delete programs at a time that they […]

SHOULD “STRIKING” CABLE NETS ALLOW THEIR SHOWS ONLINE?

July 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Viacom, which is engaged in the equivalent of a strike against DirecTV, and AMC, which is engaged in a similar action against DISH, are taking two opposite approaches to the Internet during the current crises. Viacom, whose channels went dark on DirecTV earlier this week, has pulled its shows off the Internet in an apparent […]

STUDY: AD-SKIPPING RECORDERS COULD PLAGUE NETWORKS

July 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Unless the broadcast and cable networks prevail in court, DISH Network’s new Hopper DVR, which automatically skips commercials on recorded shows, could increase 22 percent within four years to 11.7 million units, according to a study by IHS Screen Digest. That kind of proliferation could cause the networks to reexamine their advertiser-supported business model and […]

MARK CUBAN OFFERS ADVICE TO NETWORK EXECS ON AD-SKIPPER

June 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

At the Produced By Conference over the weekend, Mark Cuban, who made a fortune in online video well before there was much of a market for online video, suggested that some prominent video sites today attempt to deceive advertisers with rubbish statistics. He pointed out that his own Shark Tank, his relatively low-rated reality show […]

THREE NETWORKS SUE DISH OVER HOPPER

May 25, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

As expected, DISH Network was hit with lawsuits by NBC, Fox and CBS on Thursday over its Hopper DVR that allows users to skip and erase commercials automatically. (ABC said that it is monitoring the situation.) In its statement, CBS said, “This service takes existing network content and modifies it in a manner that is […]

CBS CHIEF WARNS HE’LL YANK NETWORK FROM DISH

May 16, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Until now, DISH network’s plan to provide DVRs to subscribers that will allow them to skip commercials automatically has received a muted response from network executives. But CBS chief Les Moonves warned today (Wednesday) that his network plans to battle DISH over the DVRs. “They can’t just take our signal and change it and put […]

NBC CHAIRMAN HOPPING MAD OVER HOPPER

May 15, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Besides unveiling its comedy-rich schedule of new programming for next season, NBC Broadcasting Chairman Ted Harbert on Tuesday called for some fundamental changes in the way other companies approach the business. In particular, he took a swipe at Echostar and its corporate cousin DISH network for its introduction of a new DVR called The Hopper […]

NEW DVR AUTOMATICALLY SKIPS COMMERCIALS

May 11, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

In the past, television networks and advertisers have often shrugged off discussion about how DVR users are fast-forwarding through commercials by rationalizing that at least those viewers get a glimpse of the commercials and are not taking a bathroom break, or texting, or checking their email instead; they have to be sitting in front of […]

DISH TO OFFER ANY SHOW AT ANY TIME (Updated)

January 9, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Satellite operator DISH Network has unveiled a new DVR at the CES convention in Las Vegas that will automatically record every primetime show on the four major television networks and hold them for later viewing for as long as eight days. The DVR, called Hopper, will sport 2 TBs (terabytes) of storage, half of which […]

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