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Overland Park, Kan. — Sprint Nextel announced this morning that its board has formed a special committee of independent directors to review and evaluate the proposal received from Dish Network with its financial and legal advisors.
Dish proposed a $25.5 billion merger with Sprint Nextel on April 15, exceeding the bid by Japan’s SoftBank to buy the cellular carrier.
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Los Angeles — Dish Network Friday slapped back at Fox Network’s bid for an injunction against the satellite-TV company’s newest Hopper DVR.
The broadcaster alleges the device violates copyright laws and retransmission agreements by using Sling technology for new Dish Anywhere and Hopper Transfers features.
Englewood, Colo. — Dish Thursday announced the promotions of two executives in a move to further consolidate and improve operations.
Bernie Han, Dish executive VP and COO, will oversee all direct and indirect sales and distribution, in addition to his current responsibilities managing operations, information technologies, customer service, customer retention and corporate initiatives, the company said.
DirecTV’s latest whole-home DVR system called the Genie has been available and widely advertised for a few months now, but in light of the extensive publicity that rival Dish Network has received for its controversial ad-skipping Hopper system, it seemed a good time to see exactly how the 800-pound satellite gorilla was handling the hardware challenge.
I can report that after several months of use, the Genie has proven to be a compelling whole-home contender if you don’t mind skipping over commercials the old-fashioned way.
Here’s another item you can put in the “What were they thinking?” department: Kaley Cuoco, star of the CBS comedy “The Big Bang Theory”, tweeted support for Dish’s Hopper in a paid endorsement.
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.
Englewood, Colo. — “We think we have other options” to build a terrestrial wireless voice and data network if Dish Network’s proposal to buy 25 percent of Clearwire’s spectrum isn’t approved, EchoStar chairman Charlie Ergen said.
“We don’t think Clearwire is the only alternative for us,” he said during Dish’s financial conference call, but Clearwire “is the best option for us today.”
Arlington, Va. — The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) reported that along with the Computer and Communications Industry Association and the Internet Association they filed a joint amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in support of Dish Networks over its Hopper product.
Dish is being sued by broadcasters who claim the Hopper, a DVR with ad-skipping technology, violates copyright law because it allows recording and playback of programming 24 hours later without commercials.
Englewood, Colo. — Dish Network plans to close 300 more Blockbuster locations, leaving the video rental chain with 500 stores.
The stores will be shuttered over the next few weeks as they come off lease, a Dish spokesman told The Denver Post.
The No. 2 satellite TV service closed more than 500 Blockbuster stores last year amid competition from disc-by-mail service Netflix and the shift to streaming video.