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PPV UFC 214 comes to Sling TV. Will it drive subscriptions?
Live sports, Operators, OTT, Cloud TV
PPV UFC 214 comes to Sling TV. Will it drive subscriptions?
Jul 26 2017 9:30 AM

Sling TV is planning to offer its first-ever pay-per-view (PPV) event, the much anticipated UFC grudge match that features a pair of light heavyweights. UFC 214: Cormier v. Jones 2 features current champ Daniel Cormier against ex-champ Jon Jones who last met in 2015 at UFC 182.

Dish banking on NBA rebound, 1st operator to offer ‘Team Pass’
Operators, Pay TV, Sports
Dish banking on NBA rebound, 1st operator to offer ‘Team Pass’
Oct 25 2016 9:45 AM

Satellite pay-TV provider Dish Network is offering NBA Team Pass to its subscribers, the first pay-TV provider in the U.S. to make the $119 single-team package available. The deal delivers any out-of-market game for any of the leagues’s 30 teams live to subs. (Dish also will continue to offer NBA League Pass, which includes up to 40 live and on-demand out-of-market games for $199.)

It’s game time: Dish sacks NFL Network in carriage-fee dispute
Content Deals, Operators
It’s game time: Dish sacks NFL Network in carriage-fee dispute
Jun 17 2016 5:30 AM

It’s only June so Dish Network isn’t likely to catch too much flak over its decision to drop the NFL Network and NFL RedZone from its pay-TV service during a carriage-fee fight that’s taken to the traditional he-said-she-said tone so many of these disputes do.

Dish is displaying a message on the now-vacant channel the NFL fare usually is on saying it’s open to a “fair offer that allows us to carry this content at an appropriate value to customers.”

Dish launches addressable advertising specific to Spanish-language networks
Ad Technology, Pay TV
Dish launches addressable advertising specific to Spanish-language networks
May 17 2016 6:15 AM

Advertisers will be able to target their ads on eight Latino networks to specific households using anonymized secondary demographic data on Dish Network and Sling TV.

Dish execs see OTT as the long-term winner
Earnings, Operators, OTT
Dish execs see OTT as the long-term winner
Apr 20 2016 7:00 PM

Dish Networks made a little more money than expected and lost more pay-TV subscribers than expected in the first quarter, but CEO Charlie Ergen and Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch spent most of the company’s earnings call with analysts talking about the challenges – and opportunities – of over-the-top video, especially in relation to Millennials.

The call revealed an interesting perspective for a company that knows big changes are coming and wants to stay ahead of them.

On heels of deal with comScore, Dish sets long-term deal with Nielsen for STB data
Big Data, Analytics, Pay TV
On heels of deal with comScore, Dish sets long-term deal with Nielsen for STB data
Apr 04 2016 8:45 AM

Nielsen will integrate aggregated set-top-box data from Dish Network into its local-TV measurement in all 210 DMAs, expanding to be included in Nielsen’s national product – Total Audience strategy -- that measures marketing effectiveness and return on ad sales.

The multi-year deal comes just days after Dish made a similar agreement with Nielsen’s chief rival, comScore.

Dish patents technology that lets viewers watch ads in exchange for free content
Ad Technology, OTT, Pay TV
Dish patents technology that lets viewers watch ads in exchange for free content
Mar 08 2016 6:45 AM

Steve Donohue, publisher of the Donohue Report, spends a lot of time combing through U.S. Patent Office files for hints about what the future of digital media holds.

His latest find? A patent that could allow Dish Network subscribers to earn “credits” for watching ads that they then could exchange to get free access to premium and pay-per-view content.

By taking DirecTV bundles OTT, AT&T opens new front in pay-TV battle and its future
Pay TV, OTT, Mobile
By taking DirecTV bundles OTT, AT&T opens new front in pay-TV battle and its future
Mar 02 2016 10:00 AM

Score one (a very big one) for AT&T, which this announced it will be launching a trio of streaming services to both mobile and fixed broadband consumers featuring DirecTV content bundles.

The move, which is slated to begin by the fourth quarter, allows AT&T to “deliver content in the way the customer wants to consume it,” said John Stankey, CEO of AT&T Entertainment Group.

Dish deploys 16-turner, Netflix-integrated Hopper 3 DVR system
Pay TV, Netflix, Search and Recommendation
Dish deploys 16-turner, Netflix-integrated Hopper 3 DVR system
Feb 01 2016 9:15 AM

Dish Network has rolled out the third-generation of its whole-home DVR system, Hopper 3 features, to customers nationwide. The device features a whopping 16 tuners, delivers enhanced 4K and supports up to seven TVs simultaneously.

And, Hopper 3 soon will include the Netflix app, along with integrating Netflix titles into its universal search results.

Sling TV could hit 2M subs this year, benefitting from a stalled Apple OTT play
Cloud TV, Pay TV
Sling TV could hit 2M subs this year, benefitting from a stalled Apple OTT play
Jan 14 2016 2:00 PM

Sling TV is expected to pass 2 million subscribers by the end of the year, a pretty heady achievement for an over-the-top service that has yet to hit its content groove.

The Dish Network unit had just 240,000 subscribers at the end of the first half of 2015, and added – perhaps – another 155,000 by the end of Q3.

Sling TV leverages real-time data to create personalized content guide, new UI
Cloud TV, Analytics, Millennials
Sling TV leverages real-time data to create personalized content guide, new UI
Jan 06 2016 7:15 AM

Navigating Sling TV just got a little easier – or, perhaps, just got a lot more like Netflix and Amazon Prime -- pushing the most popular shows to the top of its listings rather than siloing content in traditional channels.

The new UI leans heavily on real-time data collected from viewers to create personalized offerings, something that’s crucial for content owners looking to engage audiences in an increasingly crowded content space.

TWC – for first time in 9 years – says it added video subscribers for full year
Pay TV, Cord Cutting, SVOD
TWC – for first time in 9 years – says it added video subscribers for full year
Jan 04 2016 11:30 AM

After nine years of pay-TV subscriber losses, Time Warner Cable today said it had added 32,000 pay-TV subs, a preview of what CEO Rob Marcus called a “stellar” 2015.

The operator also added one million broadband subscribers and more than one million voice customers over the past 12 months.

The news came in advance of the company’s scheduled Jan. 28 Q4 earnings release.

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