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Subscribers to Dish’s satellite TV service can now access Netflix right from their set-top box, the companies announced on Wednesday. The partnership is a…
Looks like Dish had good reason to give up automated ad skipping in a retrans deal with Disney. The satellite provider just won the rights to include ABC and ESPN in an online TV service.
Dish customers won’t be able to automatically skip over the ad breaks of ABC TV shows for much longer: The satellite service operator agreed to disable ad skipping to secure its access to ABC and ESPN.
Dorky product names? Check. Features that will make broadcasters antsy? Check. Dish (S DISH) announced a number of updates to its Hopper…
Dish Networks is selling a controversial device called the Hopper that lets viewers skip commercials. Company chairman Charlie Ergen said TV watching is changing and that Dish is not using the Hopper to extract lower fees from broadcasters.
Hopper’s multiyear mission to use big data tools to bring structure to the web’s travel-related information continues with a fresh infusion of cash. CEO Frederic Lalonde talked about how his company is taking advantage of acquisition-happy Google’s interest in travel information.
As Variety first reported, Dish has quietly been rolling out a software upgrade to its new DVRs that puts the user more in control of the “AutoHop” commercial-skipping feature. Dish says the upgrade “enhances the user experience,” but it seems more legally motivated.
On Friday, activity around Dish’s highly controversial “AutoHop” feature was, well, hopping. Not only did NBC and CBS join Fox in the court battle against the satellite TV service, but Dish issued a testy response. Oh, and a backlash is forming against the networks.
As executives for Time Warner Cable and other multi-channel TV service providers also take it to task for its new commercial-skipping DVR, Dish Network defends its new offering, calling it a “win-win” that makes subscribers watch even more broadcast television.
Hopper wants to make searching for travel options a more complete experience using big data tools, and it has raised millions to do it. Hopper lets users enter keyword searches, but it provides results far beyond those typically found in a keyword search.