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.
Online TV subscriptions are already there – if you speak Hindi, that is. Dish is using its DishWorld service to experiment with streaming and pricing.
Roku removed about two dozen channels from its channel store this week to give Dish exclusivity for foreign-language content on its platform. The move led to a backlash from developers and could foreshadow the future of online TV. But Roku insists that customers will benefit.
Dish and Roku have partnered to launch a new streaming service focused on international programming. The service, dubbed DISHWorld, will offer foreign-language TV stations targeting Indian, Arabic and other expat communities. And you won’t have to subscribe to Dish to access it.