DISH Network Corporation (DISH) - NASDAQ
  • Apr. 9, 2015, 10:29 AM
    • Just after delaying the launch to Saturday to make room for tech upgrades, Sling TV (NASDAQ:DISH) says it's making HBO available to subscribers today on all Sling-supported devices.
    • New Sling signups would be in for at least $35/month, after paying for the core "Best of Live TV package at $20/month and HBO at $15/month.
    • The offering has both the linear (live) component as well as the same video-on-demand library HBO provides on other platforms.
    • Sling TV says it's providing customers with three streams of HBO, "in addition to the single-stream dedicated to its core and add-on packages."
    | Apr. 9, 2015, 10:29 AM
  • Apr. 8, 2015, 4:19 PM
    • Sling TV (NASDAQ:DISH) had planned to offer HBO to its users today -- but it's pushed the date back to Saturday as it makes some technical prep for what is expected to be a rush of signups before Sunday's Game of Thrones season premiere.
    • The time will allow an app update that Sling TV hopes will prevent the kind of problems its viewers experienced during the Final Four college basketball semifinals, when the stream dropped out amid heavy usage for viewers that the company numbers at about 1,000.
    • The update work will "reduce overhead and load on our servers" and "allow us to provide a more seamless experience to all customers during periods of heavy viewership," Sling TV said.
    • Problems this Sunday might not be all Sling's fault -- HBO had streaming problems in its HBO Go service during last April's Game of Thrones premiere, as well as during the True Detective finale.
    • Previously: Sling TV CEO: We oppose Comcast-TWC merger (Apr. 06 2015)
    | Apr. 8, 2015, 4:19 PM
  • Apr. 7, 2015, 2:30 PM
    • Dish Network (NASDAQ:DISH) says it's come to a multi-year carriage deal with Outside Television.
    • The agreement brings the outdoor-lifestyle programmer to Dish's Multi-Sport package, which features dozens of major sports offerings (NFL, NBA, college sports) even as Dish works to expand unconventional sports coverage.
    • Outside, based on Outside magazine, features activities including mountaineering, BASE jumping and kitesurfing.
    | Apr. 7, 2015, 2:30 PM
  • Apr. 6, 2015, 3:23 PM
    • "We actually do oppose that merger -- we don't think it's good for consumers; we don't think it's good for the industry," says Roger Lynch, CEO of Sling TV (NASDAQ:DISH), about the proposed merger between Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (NYSE:TWC).
    • Asked on Bloomberg TV whether Comcast ambitions amount to merely "scale" or monopoly, Lynch said "I think it's too much scale, it's unprecedented ... if that merger were completed, they would have over half of the truly high-speed broadband connections in the country, and past something 65% of the homes ... it's too much scale for one company."
    • Sling TV -- whose strategy centers on a "skinny bundle" of mainly live programming served over the Internet -- had some troubles Saturday in a critical area, live sports, experiencing streaming problems serving up the NCAA Final Four for its viewers. The company apologized for problems it blamed on "extreme sign-ups and streaming."
    • Comcast and Time Warner are awaiting progress at the FCC after the merger's "deal clock" was reset by the federal regulators.
    • Previously: FCC pauses review of Comcast-TWC, AT&T-DTV; likely weeks away (Mar. 13 2015)
    | Apr. 6, 2015, 3:23 PM | 1 Comment
  • Apr. 1, 2015, 3:13 PM
    • After months of conflict that included Turner channels briefly being pulled from its satellite service, Dish Network (NASDAQ:DISH) has come to terms with Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) on a new carriage deal that will keep Turner channels and HBO flowing.
    • Terms weren't disclosed, though the Turner networks were restored late last year with a deadline extension for reaching a new deal.
    • Along with the new pact, with the event-TV premiere of Game of Thrones coming in 11 days, Dish's Internet live-TV offering Sling TV is adding HBO for customers as an add-on offering at $15/month. That's over and above the core "Best of Live TV" core package at $20/month.
    • Sling's HBO will offer one live channel and video-on-demand content.
    • Previously: Sling TV adds A&E networks, comes to Xbox One (Mar. 17 2015)
    | Apr. 1, 2015, 3:13 PM | 2 Comments
  • Mar. 27, 2015, 1:34 PM
    • TV Everywhere -- the business model providing authenticated premium TV streaming to multiple connected devices -- is now six years old, but after some strong 2014 growth may be poised to go mainstream, Adobe's 2014 digital-video study concludes.
    • Usage per quarter last year of authenticated streams averaged 13% of pay-TV subscribers, double the same figure from 2013 and more than triple the 4% in Q1 of 2013.
    • While HBO Go (NYSE:TWX) has proved popular, gains were helped by NBC's (NASDAQ:CMCSA) strong promotion of TV Everywhere for the Sochi Winter Olympics, among other big sporting events.
    • The report looked at 2.1B authenticated video views for 2014 vs. 574M in 2013. It predicts that overall active viewership will reach 18% by year-end, even without major sports events this year, and that online viewing on mobile devices will pass desktop viewing by Q4 2016.
    • Among Adobe's other predictions: The combined AT&T/DirecTV will offer a "skinny" OTT service to compete with Sling TV (NASDAQ:DISH) and Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX); big MVPDs will follow Comcast in making the experience better; and cable companies will follow NBC in making more back catalog content available on demand.
    | Mar. 27, 2015, 1:34 PM
  • Mar. 23, 2015, 4:34 PM
    • In the wake of loud complaints from competitors about Dish Network's (NASDAQ:DISH) wireless spectrum bidding strategy -- using small-business partners to draw a 25% discount as "designated entities" -- the FCC is edging closer to reforming the process, Reuters reports.
    • After being called to Congress and promising to "fix" the bidding rules, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is circulating a document to fellow commissioners to discuss specifics on how to reform the program.
    • In particular, AT&T (NYSE:T), Verizon (NYSE:VZ) and T-Mobile (NYSE:TMUS) complained of "distortion" in the bidding process created by Dish's practice of bidding through its DEs.
    • While using DEs is common practice, the size of that auction meant that Dish saved billions via the 25% discount.
    • The recent AWS-3 spectrum auction drew a record $45B -- but a "low-band" auction coming next year may be even more crucial to the industry competitors, as that spectrum is key to the ability to stretch wireless signal further into buildings.
    • More on FCC auctions
    | Mar. 23, 2015, 4:34 PM
  • Mar. 18, 2015, 1:39 PM
    • Sony (SNE +3.9%) has launched its PlayStation Vue streaming video service in three cities, with a starting price of $50/month.
    • It's been testing the service since November and had planned to launch this month in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia for PlayStation 3 and 4 users, though the price and lineup were open (and vital) questions. The service will spread to other cities and to iPads soon.
    • Overall the service features more than 85 channels, though the $50 package has some 50 stations and $60/month and $70/month packages add local sports and music/lifestyle/family channels respectively.
    • The lineup features content from three of the big four (CBS, Fox, NBC) as well as stations from Discovery, Scripps, Turner and Viacom. AMC content will join from April.
    • Disney (NYSE:DIS) -- and its popular content from ABC, ESPN and Disney cable -- is still a glaring omission. Sony VP Eric Lempel says more content deals are in progress.
    • The interface features time-shifting for the last three days of "popular programming," which might give it a leg up on Sling TV's (NASDAQ:DISH) limited capability there.
    • The price is raising eyebrows, as it's competing with Sling TV's $20/month price point (but with more content). "Sony has built the Cadillac plan of Internet TV: It's big, it's shiny and it's expensive," says Jason Abbruzzese.
    • Previously: Report: Sony talking with Disney about PlayStation Vue inclusion (Feb. 10 2015)
    | Mar. 18, 2015, 1:39 PM | 11 Comments
  • Mar. 17, 2015, 11:19 AM
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  • Mar. 16, 2015, 10:33 PM
    • The TV service that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is talking about (per WSJ) would be anchored by major broadcasters ABC (NYSE:DIS), CBS and Fox (NASDAQ:FOXA) -- but leaving out NBC (NASDAQ:CMCSA) because of hard feelings might make Apple's plan a harder sell.
    • WSJ's Shalini Ramachandran notes Dish Network (NASDAQ:DISH) launched Sling TV without Fox and NBC, and Sony (NYSE:SNE) Vue without Disney ... which might make this yet another messy middle step toward some customers' a la carte dreams.
    • The big broadcasters aren't all, though -- the talks with Disney could bring ESPN, and there may be other basic cable additions, though the ultimate package is likely to end up as a "skinny" bundle that leaves out the typically large number of channels in typical pay TV tiers.
    • According to the report, the service would work across all iOS devices: iPhones, iPads, Apple TVs.
    • Previously: WSJ: Apple talking Web TV service for fall launch (Mar. 16 2015)
    | Mar. 16, 2015, 10:33 PM | 62 Comments
  • Mar. 6, 2015, 8:07 PM
    • More merger hints -- or maybe more than just hints, as T-Mobile (NYSE:TMUS) CFO Braxton Carter essentially nominates his firm as Dish Network's (NASDAQ:DISH) wireless partner, among some very kind words for Dish CEO Charlie Ergen.
    • Ergen has done a "masterful job of creating a very differentiated mid-band spectrum position,” Carter said.
    • “He’s not interested in building his own network and we would be a very good partner for deploying his spectrum."
    • Ergen's had similar kind words for T-Mobile before -- in a summer 2013 earnings call, he said: "Certainly, T-Mobile ... you could put that together with Dish in a number of ways, including acquisition and merger, and that's probably not possible with the other wireless providers."
    • He added then that he didn't think their options had changed "unless you just look at a full-blown acquisition or a merger and really, that's probably only T-Mobile at this point in time."
    • Ergen's been more circumspect lately, but says video service will be "core" to any tie-up they engage in.
    | Mar. 6, 2015, 8:07 PM | 4 Comments
  • Mar. 5, 2015, 6:55 PM
    • So far, Sling TV -- Dish Network's (NASDAQ:DISH) direct over-the-top subscription service streaming live TV for $20/month -- is turning out as popular as you would think "unbundled ESPN" might.
    • The service has been online just a month but has drawn 100,000 subscribers, Re/code reports.
    • Still unclear is how many people have stuck it out after a free one-week trial, but the early results are "encouraging," one exec says.
    • The other thing that comes to mind when thinking about Sling TV's popularity: If it gets too popular, ESPN -- a clear key draw for the service as it's only otherwise available through traditional channels, where it draws huge per-subscriber fees -- reportedly has the right to pull out.
    | Mar. 5, 2015, 6:55 PM | 1 Comment
  • Mar. 4, 2015, 9:14 AM
    • Following an early rollout, and a carriage deal made with AMC Networks (NASDAQ:AMCX) and EPIX (VIA, VIAB, LGF), Sling TV (NASDAQ:DISH) has added IFC to its basic package for the same $20/month price, and EPIX and Sundance to its $5 "Hollywood Extra" add-on pack. It had already folded in AMC TV (Mad Men, Better Call Saul).
    • The service is still live broadcast-based, so as with the existing channels, video on demand content is "coming soon."
    • Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen says Sling is key to its mobile strategy, "to a more mobile basis, to more wireless basis, because that’s the way the next generation is going to watch television.”
    • Previously: Dish opens Sling TV signups for all U.S. viewers (Feb. 09 2015)
    | Mar. 4, 2015, 9:14 AM
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  • Feb. 27, 2015, 6:37 PM
    • Fresh off their vote for re-regulation of Internet transmissions, the five FCC commissioners will be spending mid-March on Capitol Hill answering to the GOP Congress.
    • The House Energy and Commerce Committee is holding its hearing March 19, a day after the members are scheduled with the Senate Commerce Committee.
    • The chairmen of the two committees, Greg Walden and John Thune, are backing a bill that would reverse the FCC's Title II reclassification (treating Internet providers more like utilities) and substantively narrow its approach to ensuring net neutrality.
    • Following the 3-2 vote, major carriers indicated their strategy would be twofold: Lawsuits (CMCSA, T, VZ, CHTR worried about "years" of litigation); and legislative action to undo the move, with a cooperative congress apparently ready to act.
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    | Feb. 27, 2015, 6:37 PM | 66 Comments
  • Feb. 27, 2015, 4:45 PM
    • Verizon (NYSE:VZ) has joined peers, including AT&T (NYSE:T) and T-Mobile (NYSE:TMUS), in complaining to the FCC that Dish Network (NASDAQ:DISH) distorted the results of the FCC's AWS-3 wireless spectrum auction with its bidding tactics.
    • Verizon ran its own analysis of the data and concluded close coordination between Dish and its designated entities ((DEs)) that Verizon says created a false sense of demand and drove the price above market value.
    • For its part, Dish has been on the record about disclosing and gaining approval for its actions ahead of the auction, though the resulting total bids came in over even the high estimates.
    • Major players have been jockeying for position with the FCC ahead of a likely even more important low-band auction next year.
    • More on the FCC auction
    • Previously: AT&T: Dish's auction approach skewed results, needs restriction (Feb. 20 2015)
    • Previously: T-Mobile's Legere calls for spectrum-auction rule changes (Feb. 18 2015)
    | Feb. 27, 2015, 4:45 PM | 5 Comments
Company Description
DISH Network Corp. is a holding company. The company, through its subsidiaries, provides direct broadcast satellite subscription television services. It operates through two segments: Dish and Wireless. The Dish segment branded pay-TV service consists of, among other things, federal... More
Sector: Services
Industry: CATV Systems
Country: United States