AT&T and DISH Acquiring INVIDI, Gains Leading Addressable Advertising Platform

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In what appears to be a classic co-opetition move, an announced partnership has AT&T and DISH acquiring INVIDI Technologies. Ad agency WPP is also part of the deal, which gives AT&T a controlling interest in the addressable advertising technology firm. Terms were not disclosed. Addressable...Learn More

Video Cord Cutting Data: TelcoTV Losses Contribute to Record Declines for Pay-TV

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Market research highlighting cord cutting data from SNL Kagan reveals the number of subscribers to cable, direct broadcast satellite (DBS) and telco multichannel video services (telcoTV) dropped by 430,000 in 3Q’16. Results are a bit worse than they were for the same period one year...Learn More

Dish YouTube Deal Integrates YouTube into Dish Set-Top-Box

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A Dish YouTube deal announced today will incorporate YouTube among the OTT video content services included in Dish’s TV set-top box (STB) line-up. Dish said it is the first pay-TV provider in the nation to offer this capability. The Dish YouTube deal is the latest...Learn More

New DISH Skinny Bundle, Flex Pack, Priced at $40

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A new DISH skinny bundle, announced today, is the latest offer in an ongoing trend to tinker with the traditional pay-TV channel line-up. Skinny bundles typically provide a core channel line-up, with options for additional channel packs. The goal is to offer a lower cost...Learn More

FCC Acts on Retransmission Battle in $9.5M Sinclair Retransmission Consent Settlement

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Sinclair Broadcast Group, a television broadcaster operating 173 stations in 81 U.S. markets, will pay $9.495 million to resolve an FCC Media Bureau investigation involving retransmission consent. The FCC alleged that Sinclair retransmission consent negotiations were not conducted in good faith. The action is significant...Learn More

DISH to Carry Rio Olympics in 4K UHD

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo., July 28, 2016 – DISH Network L.L.C. in agreement with NBCUniversal today announced multiple features that will help viewers get the most out of NBCUniversal’s multi-platform coverage of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, including the upcoming availability...Learn More

DISH Debuts New Voice Remote to Customers Nationwide

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July 14, 2016 — ENGLEWOOD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DISH today launched its Voice Remote, featuring voice recognition, a clickable touchpad and backlighting. This remote controls navigation, search and content selection on Hopper 3 and 4K Joey set-top boxes. “Voice Remote is simple to use, affordable and, most...Learn More

Sling TV Launches Sling Blue Multiple Stream, Sling Orange Single Stream Services

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Sling TV announced the launch of new single- and multiple stream services. Priced at $25 per month, the Sling Blue multi-stream service features content from NBC, USA, Bravo, Syfy, BBC America, BBC World news and others. BBC America and BBC World News also number among...Learn More

FCC Changes Direction on 5G License Areas

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The FCC on Friday released additional details on proposed plans to open up an unprecedented amount of spectrum for 5G wireless networks.  The commission expects to vote next month on the plans, which are quite similar to what was proposed late last year, except with...Learn More

DISH Media Sales Scales Its ONPOINT Programmatic TV Platform with BidSwitch

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)– TodayDISH Media Sales and BidSwitch announced an agreement to integrate DISH’s ONPOINT Programmatic TV Platform into BidSwitch’s real-time partner ecosystem. The integration will mark BidSwitch’s first entry into offering TV inventory, introducing the big screen to the platform’s more than 150 demand...Learn More

DISH Loses Tribune Stations in 33 Markets

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Enlewood, Colorado —  June 12, 2016 — DISH reported today that Tribune Broadcasting Company chose to black out DISH customers’ access to 42 local channels in 33 markets across 34 states and the District of Columbia, intentionally harming and exploiting millions of innocent consumers in...Learn More

Dish, Other Licensees Hope to Use MVDDS Spectrum for 5G

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A group of license holders including Dish Network hopes to persuade the FCC to allow the use of MVDDS spectrum for 5G wireless service, including two-way mobile broadband service. The spectrum, in the 12.2-12.7 GHz multichannel video and data distribution service (MVDDS) band, has been...Learn More