TV viewing is shifting from televisions to mobile devices, which is one reason why Dish plans to launch an internet TV service by the end of this year.
Prepare for the next TV blackout: Dish and Disney are currently in negotiations about their next deal, and the Hollywood Reporter is reminding us that their deadline coming up at the end of the month. After that, blackouts are possible. But could Dish go nuclear and drop Disney’s ESPN network? Most people don’t think so, but Dish boss Charlie Ergen recently said that it may be time to take that step.
Billionaire and would-be 4G entrepreneur Philip Falcone has accepted an SEC settlement requiring him sit out the hedge fund industry for five years. In exchange he gets to keep control of LightSquared.
With the three tie-up between Sprint, Clearwire and SoftBank now final, Dish Network is left empty handed. But Dish’s chairman Charlie Ergen is hatching other plans, some of which he’s already set in motion.
Dish set its sights on two big carrier M&A deals, but now it appears to be leaving with nothing. It’s withdrawn its bids for both Clearwire and Sprint.
The chairman of Dish Networks toned down some of his recent rhetoric against broadcasters on today’s earnings call, and said he is in favor of a subscriber-advertising model for TV.
Dish Network’s Charlie Ergen is taking on Japan’s Softbank and has decided to make a $25.5 billion bid for Sprint. Softbank wants to buy about 30 percent of Sprint for about $20.1 billion.
Dish has reportedly been talking to Aereo – but the satellite provider doesn’t want broadcasters to know what those talks were about.
Dish Networks is selling a controversial device called the Hopper that lets viewers skip commercials. Company chairman Charlie Ergen said TV watching is changing and that Dish is not using the Hopper to extract lower fees from broadcasters.
Pay TV providers tend to argue that cord cutting doesn’t exist. Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen doesn’t agree.