Love History Channel and Lifetime? Then you may be able to watch them on Dish’s upcoming internet TV service — but lots of details are still unclear.
The rules for who can stream internet TV are up in the air in light of a new appeals court decision over “Dish Anywhere,” which is remarkably like the Aereo technology that the Supreme Court shut down last month.
Dish is moving fast on getting its new internet-based TV service up and running, and it is targeting cord cutters as customers for the new service.
You can add paying your TV provider to the list of things you can do with bitcoin. Satellite-TV service Dish(s dish) announced today that it will begin accepting bitcoin later this year. With 14 million subscribers, Dish claims it is now the largest company to accept the cryptocurrency — joining a club of companies like Overstock.com and Virgin Galactic. The TV giant is negating some of the risk that comes with accepting bitcoin by using Coinbase’s Instant Exchange feature to immediately transfer bitcoin into USD. Still, the ability to pay a big company’s monthly bill marks another real world application for bitcoin.
Looks like Dish’s (S DISH) internet TV deal with Disney (S DIS) may open the floodgates for news about similar arrangements: Reuters is reporting that DirecTV is in negotiations with Disney about also launching an internet-based TV service with programming from ABC and ESPN. DirecTV’s retransmission agreement with Disney is up soon, so the timing couldn’t be better.
Dish may only have one broadcaster on board for its planned internet TV service, but the deal nonetheless represents a big step for the TV industry, and for people sick of paying for expensive bundles.
Looks like Dish had good reason to give up automated ad skipping in a retrans deal with Disney. The satellite provider just won the rights to include ABC and ESPN in an online TV service.
Dish customers won’t be able to automatically skip over the ad breaks of ABC TV shows for much longer: The satellite service operator agreed to disable ad skipping to secure its access to ABC and ESPN.
Dorky product names? Check. Features that will make broadcasters antsy? Check. Dish (S DISH) announced a number of updates to its Hopper DVR at CES in Las Vegas Monday, including a new extender called Super Joey that makes it possible to record up to eight shows at the same time on the DVR’s 2TB hard drive and mobile apps that offer the ability to transfer recorded files onto your iOS or Android device. Dish is also extending the Hopper with new apps for Playstation (S SNE) 3 and 4 as well as LG TVs, essentially offering multi-room DVR functionality without the need for additional boxes. It’s all not revolutionary, but should still keep Hopper users happy.
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.