By Lisa Johnston
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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.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
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.
New York – Satellite TV service Dish said it will carry controversial political pundit Glenn Beck’s internet-based 24-hour news, information and entertainment network – “TheBlaze” – starting at 5 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, on channel 212.
The deal for television coverage will be “exclusive” to Dish at launch, the channel said.
Soliciting grassroots support for their prosposed merger, EchoStar and DirecTV recently reached out to consumers through a local information campaign.
The effort focused on a series of media events they will stage throughout the country in coming weeks, to play up the benefits the satellite providers say the proposed $26 billion deal will bring to end users.
The first leg of the campaign targeted Green Bay, Wis., Helena, Mont., and Salt Lake City.
In a recent online survey, more than three-fourths of consumers said they would rather receive 3D content via their cable or satellite provider compared with those respondents who prefer Blu-ray/DVD, which was the second choice overall.
The second annual 3D study, which was conducted by Quixel Research, surveyed 1,000 HDTV owners online to quantify as well as qualify their opinions on 3D technology.