Sling, TiVo and the problem with TV Everywhere

Sling rolled out a number of new features to its retail customers Monday — but how will the company’s technology fare once it’s adopted by cable operators with their convoluted TV Everywhere rules?

Dish’s Hopper: a whole-home DVR with a primetime twist

Dish is betting big on the DVR to help it win over more customers and fight off competition. The satellite TV provider is coming out with new and improved recording devices that can be taken advantage of from up to four TVs throughout the home.

Time Warner Cable’s Sling rebate: Broadband push or broadcast dig?

Time Warner Cable will soon offer a promotion that will give rebates for Slingboxes to its Wideband Internet customers. That provides an incentive for users to sign up, but also gives Time Warner Cable a way to offer its TV “everywhere” without signing agreements with networks.

The Future for Dish: It’s Not Just Satellite

With adaptive streaming technology in its set-top boxes, access to digital rights and the Blockbuster brand, as well as some spectrum that could be used for wireless broadband services, Dish could be well-positioned to roll out new, IP-delivered video services.

Dish, EchoStar Settle TiVo Patent Dispute for $500M

Dish and EchoStar have finally given up fighting against TiVo in the long-running dispute over DVR patents. After a court found Dish would have to replace its customers’ set-top boxes, the satellite TV provider decided it would be cheaper to license TiVo’s intellectual property instead.

End of an Era: Echostar Acquires Move Networks

Echostar announced today that it has acquired the assets of Move Networks. It’s not clear what the satellite technology provider will do with those assets, but the deal marks the end of an era for a once high-flying provider of high-quality video delivery technology.

U.S. Patent Office Backs TiVo in Dish/EchoStar Fight

The PTO reaffirmed TiVo’s Time Warp Patent, striking a blow against Dish and EchoStar today. The patent office’s ruling, which TiVo says is final and not appealable, enforced the patent at the center of a legal fight between the DVR maker and the satellite TV provider.