Since February of last year, at least five virtual multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) services have been introduced. Granted, some of these are still in their testing stages, but there are a number that are already made widely available for consumers. With an approach that sticks to the basics in delivering video content to customers, these MVPD services look to threaten pay TV services which rely on customer premises equipment (CPE), truck rolls, and credit checks. Let’s take a look at some of them:
During an industry conference held in the city of Chicago, Roger Lynch, chief executive of Sling TV, made clear that his company will be omitting broadcast content from its basic package offerings. Instead, Lynch further explained that customers can expect Sling TV to launch broadcast networks in a tier, which essentially refers to collections of channels that customers can add to their basic service (which costs $20 each month) for an additional fee.
Dish Network announced earlier this week that there is a new way to watch your favorite television shows: Sling TV. The Internet-only TV offer costs only $20 a month, with access to a number of channels that include ESPN, Cartoon Network, and other channels that were once only available through various packages. This move challenges the traditional cable packages, offering “cord-cutters” a TV package that is simple and over the top.
DISH Network has upgraded their DISH Hopper DVR, which definitely make it a more attractive piece of equipment. With the old DISH Hopper DVR box, you could purchase a Sling adapter for $49.99 that would allow you to watch shows recorded on your DVR from anywhere you had an Internet connection. The new DISH Hopper DVR, however, comes with that Slingbox built-in.
Dish Network announced today that, as of June 3, 2010, they will offer local channels in the 29 local markets they don't currently serve. As of that date, they will provide local channels in all 210 television markets in the United States. The final 29 markets are:
After months of negotiation, OLN and Dish Network have agreed to a new contract, and OLN, with their NHL games, is now back on Dish, available to subscribers in America's Top 180 package. To check out Dish Network's current promotion, including $100 in bill credits, click here.