San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
El Segundo, Calif. – DirecTV Tuesday reported a 5.6 percent decline in first-quarter profits but still managed to tally subscriber gains in Latin America and the United States.
The company reported earnings of $690 million, last quarter, compared with a $721 million profit from the year-ago period.
But on an adjusted basis, earnings rose to $826 million. Revenue rose 8 percent to $7.58 billion.
DirecTV reported a $166 million charge tied to the devaluation of Venezuelan currency earlier this year.
El Segundo, Calif. – DirecTV said Tuesday that both its iOS and Android phone and eventually tablet applications will be receiving voice search capability this summer.
The company said the app will conduct program searches by person, title, channel show time or genre, using spoken commands. Users can also change channels and make menu settings.
New York – Fox Broadcasting has filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction against Dish’s new "on the go" feature, which allows Hopper owners to watch live and recorded TV shows on mobile devices.
Fox claims the feature violates a license agreement Dish agreed to and infringes on Fox’s copyrights.
The TV network said that Dish's arrangement with Fox gave it only limited rights to re-transmit a live broadcast signal over Dish’s satellite service.
LAS VEGAS – Dish Network will rollout at International CES 2013 the second generation of its controversial commercial-skipping DVR called The Hopper.
Dish CEO Joe Clayton said the new Hopper will hit the market later in the month.
The DVR/tuner will have all of the features of the previous version – including Primetime Anytime and the controversial commercial skipping Auto Hop function – plus more power and new features designed to expand the use of a Dish subscription both in the home and on the road.
Englewood, Colo. – Dish Network subsidiary Dish DBS plans to issue bonds for general corporate purposes that “may include spectrum-related strategic transactions,” the company announced.
Dish declined to say whether it plans to buy terrestrial wireless spectrum to bolster the capacity of a planned wireless voice and broadband network that its plans to build in spectrum previously set aside for satellite communications.
Englewood, Colo. — A Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposal to repurpose Dish’s 2GHz satellite spectrum for a terrestrial voice and broadband network includes restrictions that “could cripple our ability to enter the business” and add years of delay to the rollout, a Dish executive said.
Dish asked the FCC in May to approve its plans to use the 40MHz of satellite spectrum for terrestrial use.
Orlando, Fla. – Speaking at the Personal Communications Industry Association’s (PCIA) 2012 Wireless Infrastructure Show here Wednesday Dish Network co-founder and chairman Charlie Ergen told an audience he needs swift action from the Federal Communications Commission on approving his company’s application to launch a wireless IP data network.
Jackson, Miss. — More details were provided by Dish CEO Joe Clayton at this morning’s introduction of DishNet — a high-speed nationwide Internet service via satellite, available on Oct. 1 — in terms of pricing, marketing and future plans.
DishNet, which debuted at the flagship Cowboy Maloney’s Electric City retail store, here, comes in three packages that are bundled with the company’s TV services.
Jackson, Miss. — Dish is expanding the availability of its broadband service with the launch of DishNet, a high-speed nationwide Internet service via satellite, with the debut at the flagship Cowboy Maloney’s Electric City retail store, here.
Available Oct. 1, DishNet offers customers the convenience of one bill, one installation, one customer service number and a $10 monthly discount when bundled with Dish’s most popular TV programming packages, the company said.
New York – Dish Network previewed an as-yet-unnamed nationwide broadband service, designed to serve 19 million rural residents who do not have the service from cable, DSL or telcos, set to debut by October.
The service will be sold through Dish’s normal distribution channels including retailers, according to Brian McIntyre, broadband VP, who previewed the service to the media at company offices, here.