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Germantown, Md. — Satellite-delivered broadband service provider Hughes Network Systems introduced Monday its HughesNet VoIP telephony service.
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Englewood, Colo. – Satellite-TV provider Dish and wireless broadband service provider nTelos Holding have deployed and started testing a new broadband service in rural Virginia using wireless spectrum in the 2.5GHz range.
The companies Thursday reported broadband service speeds at the initial test sites ranging from 20Mbps to more than 50Mbps.
Englewood, Colo. — Dish on Wednesday night raised its bid to buy Clearwire spectrum in a last-minute attempt to derail a Friday vote by Clearwire shareholders on whether to accept a purchase bid by Sprint.
Sprint owns a little more than 50 percent of Clearwire, from which it wholesales 2.5GHz spectrum, and wants to buy the remainder of the shares that it doesn’t already own.
Englewood, Colo. – Dish unveiled Wednesday what it is calling the industry’s first set-top app that delivers on-screen social content relevant to a show or channel a viewer is watching.
The app, called “Social,” is the next in a series of new apps for the Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR, and allows consumers to join social conversations about their favorite shows on their TV screen.
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.