It’s Thursday, March 17th, and for college basketball fans that means one thing: March Madness. But for college basketball fans who also happen to be Dish Network subscribers, it means two things: March Madness, and a hotly anticipated Hopper 3 update that lets you watch four different channels at once. Since March Madness matchups will be broadcast on four different networks this year — CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV — the timing obviously couldn’t be better. More →
Satellite television provider Dish Network on Monday announced the nationwide availability of its new Hopper 3 set top box, the latest iteration of a device that has made some serious waves in the industry. Dish’s Hopper burst onto the scene and caused an uproar among major networks due to its “auto hop” feature, which allowed users to record prime time television shows and then automatically skip over all TV commercials during playback.
Despite all of the outrage and even a high-profile lawsuit, auto hop remains a key feature of the Hopper line, and it was just joined by a number of additional new features in the Hopper 3. More →
What’s the biggest thing holding back T-Mobile from really giving Verizon and AT&T a run for their money? As an old Verizon commercial once put it, “It’s the network.” T-Mobile doesn’t have the caliber of spectrum that America’s two biggest wireless companies have, which puts it at a big disadvantage in several markets, particularly in less urban markets where its coverage is weakest. However, Ars Technica’s Jon Brodkin smartly points out that a merger between Dish and T-Mobile could change that very quickly.
If you were on the fence about whether to subscribe to Dish’s Sling TV streaming service, the company just gave you a very tempting reason to take the plunge. Re/code notes that Dish has added AMC to its Sling TV package, which means that subscribing to the service will now give you access to Mad Men, The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul and other highly acclaimed shows. More →
Want a way to get ESPN without paying for a pricey cable bundle? Well wait no more — per GigaOM, Dish on Monday announced its new Sling TV online streaming service that will give you access to both ESPN and ESPN 2 along with a handful of other stations for $20 per month. More →
The Comcast–Time Warner Cable merger is that rare proposal that’s such a bad idea that it actually brings people of all different political beliefs together. If you look at the website for Stop Mega Comcast, for instance, you’ll see both liberal groups such as Common Cause and conservative outfits such as Glen Beck’s The Blaze are both lined up in mutual opposition to the proposed deal. More →
Dish’s Hopper set-top box burst onto the scene a few years ago, and the addition of the company’s “AutoHop” feature that automatically skips commercials during primetime TV shows on major networks really made waves. The Hopper remains one of the most feature-rich set-top boxes in the industry among top pay TV provider offerings, but it has fallen behind the times over the years in a few key areas.
Although Dish Network is not interested in entering an bidding war for potential suitors, the satellite television company is primed and ready to snag T-Mobile if the Sprint merger falls apart this summer. Bloomberg reports that Dish has been eyeing both DirecTV and T-Mobile in recent months, but as DirecTV shares have risen amid talk of an AT&T acquisition, the rival provider has become too expensive to chase. More →
Every company in the market wants to provide its own online TV streaming service, but Dish might be the first to give consumers a real offer. Bloomberg reports that Dish Network is looking to bring an Internet-TV service to the United States this summer, a set of live-streaming channels that will be accessible through connected devices such as smartphones and tablets. Disney signed onto the service last month, and A&E, Turner Broadcasting and CBS have reportedly been in talks with the provider as well. More →
It’s sad that many of us have come to dread election years since it means we’ll get bombarded with nonstop propaganda telling us to vote for a particular candidate or to vote a particular way on a given ballot initiative. Political consultants don’t think that we get enough such ads every two years, however, and that’s why they’re working on ways to make sure we see more ads that are targeted toward our specific political beliefs. More →