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Dish Network asks FCC to block Comcast, Time Warner Cable deal

07/10, 8:00pm

Resulting company could have means to leverage control over the broadband pipe

In a memo from Dish Network's Senior Vice President and Deputy General Council Jeffrey Blum to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a series of meetings on July 7 indicate that the company has raised issues with the prospective merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable. Believing that the combined business could utilize "choke points," it could leverage control over broadband to do harm.

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Fox Broadcasting using Aereo judgment in appeal against Dish Network

06/30, 3:11pm

Lawyers use ruling to show 'unauthorized transmissions' through Hopper DVR

After the United States Supreme Court ruled against Aereo, effectively ending the company, Fox Broadcasting has been quick to use the ruling in another case, as uncovered by The Guardian. The media company has been waging a war against Dish Network and its Hopper DVR with Dish Anywhere streaming. The case is set for a hearing in the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on July 7 in California.

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Dish Network deal will allow customers to pay bill with Bitcoins

05/29, 5:59pm

Deal with Coinbase allows bitcoin transactions from customers

Satellite provider Dish is teaming up with Coinbase to allow its customers to pay bills with Bitcoins. The deal makes Dish the largest company to date to accept the Internet currency for service transactions. Dish's deal follows other such agreements with Coinbase including online retailers Overstock.com and Tiger Direct.

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Briefly: PS3 gets Virtual Joey app; Steam in-home streaming official

05/21, 10:05pm

Dish Network customers can access Hopper DVR through Playstation 3 app

Dish Network has teamed up with Sony to release a Virtual Joey Playstation 3 app that allows control of Hopper DVRs through the gaming console. Through the app, the Playstation 3 speaks with the Hopper DVR over an Ethernet connection. The application eliminates the need for another set-top box, but can be controlled with the Dualshock 3 controller or a Dish remote.

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Dish, Disney strike deal; implement three-day Autohop ban

03/03, 9:25pm

Channel-skipping feature disabled for 72 hours after initial broadcast

The Walt Disney Company and Dish Network Corporation today announced a long-term distribution agreement that will provide Dish customers with access to Disney-owned programming. The distribution agreement grants Dish rights to content from the ABC-owned broadcast stations, ABC Family, Disney Channel, ESPN and ESPN2, as part of an Internet delivered, IP-based multichannel offering -- but with a catch for the consumer. Under the terms of the deal, users must wait three days before being able to skip commercials on new programming saved by the Hopper DVR.

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WSJ: Dish Network withdrawing $2.2B offer for acquiring LightSquared

01/09, 9:20am

LightSquared acquisition failure follows similar Clearwire, Sprint attempts

Dish Network will soon be ending a bid to acquire LightSquared, according to a report. The proposal, originally placed in May last year and said to be worth $2.2 billion, would have seen the satellite TV provider take control of LightSquared's L-band satellite spectrum and potentially use it for an LTE cellular network, though this is apparently no longer going to happen.

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Reuters: Dish Network looks to acquire T-Mobile next year

12/19, 1:51pm

Report claims discussions occurring between Dish, Deutsche Telekom

Dish Network is still considering an attempt to acquire T-Mobile sometime next year, according to a report. Despite its failure to secure Sprint in the last year, the satellite TV service is still looking towards owning a carrier and offering cellular service, with the potential acquisition attempt seemingly setting up Dish for another battle with Softbank.

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Dish, Sprint collaborate for home broadband over LTE trial

12/18, 5:22am

Home broadband service will use 2.5GHz Sprint LTE spectrum

Dish is working with Sprint to develop a fixed wireless home broadband service for areas underserved by normal wire-based broadband, the company has announced. Using Sprint's 4G LTE network, the service will use the 2.5GHz bands Sprint acquired from Clearwire, with Dish installing either an indoor or ruggedized outdoor router with high-gain antennas at the customer's location.

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Dish chairman says T-Mobile acquisition still 'on the table'

11/13, 1:14pm

Dish's Ergen says he won't rule out a T-Mobile buy

Dish Network chairman Charlie Ergen has said that his company is still open to the possibility of buying T-Mobile, the United States' fourth-largest wireless carrier. Bloomberg reported on Wednesday that the Dish chairman was still interested in inserting the satellite television provider into the American wireless market. Despite the company's failed bid to buy Sprint earlier this year, Ergen says it is intent on getting into the carrier business.

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Judge: Dish Network's Hopper can operate in buildup to trial

09/18, 8:29pm

Time and place shifting DVR said to infringe broadcast copyrights

Dish Networks -- more specifically, the Hopper DVR -- has emerged victorious in the latest chapter of its legal battle against the broadcast networks. Judge Laura Swain of the Southern District of New York has refused ABC's bid to kill the DVR and hobble its ad-skip feature. Today's victory is Dish's third victory regarding the Hopper DVR and related technology.

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Hedge fund manager sees T-Mobile as takeover target

07/20, 7:45pm

Dish, Sprint tipped as possibly acquiring T-Mobile

John Paulson's firm is the largest outside investor in T-Mobile, and the hedge fund manager said recently that the carrier could be ripe for a takeover by either of two other wireless industry players. Bloomberg reported earlier this week that Paulson sees both Sprint and Dish Network as potential suitors for the fourth-largest wireless carrier in the United States. Paulson's musings on the matter went out in the form of a letter to Paulson & Co. clients this week.

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Southwest Airlines offers passengers live in-flight TV from Dish

07/02, 12:51pm

Live TV promoted by iPad giveaway to passengers on flight

Satellite TV provider Dish Network will be providing free live TV to passengers on Southwest Airlines flights. The service, titled TV Flies Free, will be available on more than 400 Southwest planes with Wi-Fi onboard, and will offer up to 75 on-demand shows at no charge, as well as access to 13 live-streaming channels.

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Dish gives up on Sprint merger attempt, continues for Clearwire

06/19, 10:49am

Withdrawl leaves Sprint open to acquisition by SoftBank

Dish Network has halted its battle with Japanese carrier Softbank for Sprint, after failing to provide a final offer for a merger. The withdrawal now allows SoftBank to continue in its attempt to acquire Sprint, with a completion of the purchase likely to finish, thanks to Softbank upping its original $20 billion offer to $21.6 billion.

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Briefly: Social app for Dish Hopper DVR, Sonos controller app updates

05/29, 1:49pm

Dish Network adds social network interactions to Hopper DVR using app

Dish Network has created a new app for its Hopper Whole-Home DVR for social networking while watching television. Social, usable from the Hopper's quick-launch bar, will allow viewers to log into and manage multiple Twitter and Facebook accounts, as well as showing a Twitter feed for the show or channel being watched at that time. A data bar at the bottom of the screen will provide more stats and information about the program, including what areas of the US are commenting about the show on Twitter, and the program's "sentiment rating."

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SEC approves SoftBank offer to Sprint, Dish chairman attacks proposal

05/02, 1:19pm

Shareholders to vote on June 12th, deal could close July 1st

The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved the proposal from SoftBank to buy out Sprint. While shareholders in the US carrier are expected to discuss and vote on the deal at a meeting next month, the chairman of Dish Network has made comments against the proposal, citing the need for Sprint's network to be upgraded by US teams.

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SoftBank CEO: 'No need' to improve Sprint offer after Dish proposal

04/30, 7:23am

Masayoshi Son places $20.1B SoftBank offer above $25.5B rival bid

The CEO of SoftBank believes there is no need to change the Japanese carrier's offer to Sprint, following a secondary offer from Dish Network. Masayoshi Son, also the founder of the company, told the audience of an earnings briefing "There is absolutely no need for that since we believe our offer is above theirs."

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Dish Network proposes merger with Sprint for $25.5 billion

04/15, 7:32am

Proposal would spoil existing SoftBank, Sprint deal

Dish Network has announced it wishes to merge with Sprint, at a cost of $25.5 billion. The proposal from the satellite service provider could potentially derail the current attempt by Japanese carrier SoftBank to purchase Sprint, a deal worth around $20 billion that has been in progress since October last year.

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Fox sues Dish again over Hopper with Sling rebroadcasting

02/22, 2:12pm

Broadcaster believes product violates licensing, copyright

After being blocked in its first attempt to legally enjoin Dish Network's Hopper DVR pre-trial, Fox Broadcasting has asked a federal judge to stop customers from "place shifting" video content to smartphones and computers with the new Hopper with Sling. The suit, filed in Los Angeles, demands Dish disable the "rebroadcasting" of all content from the set top box before a trial which has yet to be scheduled.

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CBS executives overrule CNet editorial over Hopper CES award

01/14, 2:39pm

Reviews ban put in place over existing Dish litigation

Executives at CBS have forced CNet to remove Dish Network's Hopper from its CES awards, due to ongoing lawsuits. CNet's parent company apparently wanted the awards changed shortly after a ban on products by companies CBS was in litigation with came into effect, and forced the change on the editorial team, leading one reporter to announce their departure.

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Dish upgrades whole-home DVR to Hopper with Sling

01/08, 1:10am

New features allow for internet streaming, in-home iPad transfer

The second generation of Dish Network's whole-home DVR system was announced today at the Consumer Electronics Show -- the Hopper with Sling. The new unit allows customers to watch live and recorded television anywhere on Internet-connected tablets with the newly-integrated Sling technology, and move recorded television to an iPad for viewing without an Internet connection using the free Hopper Transfers app.

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FCC restrictions on Dish Network LTE buildout revealed

12/20, 6:07pm

Limits mostly time related, no financial disincentives

Following the unanimous approval of Dish Network's waiver to build out a LTE network in a congested area of bandwidth, details have become available detailing the restrictions the buildout will be under. According to the FCC, Dish must complete 40 percent of the proposed network within four years, and 70 percent within seven. If the 70 percent requirement isn't met, then Dish will be prohibited from offering service in the missed area.

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Briefly: Google Image tweak, Dish wireless

12/12, 6:51pm

Finding naughty bits now takes a bit more effort on Google

The world's largest search engine has made changes to its image search algorithm, changes that make it a bit more difficult to find explicit content in the course of a simple search. Google rolled out the changes for its main US site today, and the changes apparently have yet to filter down to its international sites. The changes, apparently, were first discovered by social news site Reddit, and they make it so that users will have to be a bit more explicit in their searches in order to turn up pornographic and not-safe-for-work content.

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Report: Sprint ponders partnership with Dish Network

12/07, 5:46pm

Deal would let Dish offer service over Sprint's network

Sprint, the United States' third-largest wireless carrier, has approached Dish Network about a partnership that would see Dish offering mobile service over Sprint's network. Sources familiar with Sprint's offer say that the deal would give Sprint access to Dish's mobile airwaves, with the two companies sharing revenue from customers signing up for wireless service from Dish. The satellite TV provider has been moving toward wireless service provision for some time, though regulatory obstacles have hindered its progress.

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Report: Dish Network plans cellphone sales at Blockbuster

12/05, 11:10pm

Dish 4G LTE spectrum expected to be utilized for network

Blockbuster is planning to diversity its business into mobile phone sales as a test for owner Dish Network's planned entry into the wireless business, according to sources familiar with the matter. The effort will begin in Blockbuster's 850 surviving retail locations shortly, with the once-giant movie-rental business selling phones from Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel, and T-Mobile.

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FCC chairman backs Dish Network wireless plan

11/21, 5:51pm

Dish unsatisfied with FCC's proposal, though

Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski proposed that the agency greenlight Dish Network's ongoing effort to move into providing wireless communications services. Genachowski expressed his support on the grounds that DIsh's entry into the wireless sector would stoke competition in a segment that, in the United States, is verging on duopoly. Dish Network executives, though, are unsatisfied with the FCC's current proposal for allowing them into the wireless arena, saying the FCC's plan would make it "extremely risky" for them to enter the sector.

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Rumor: Google, Dish Network in new wireless service talks

11/16, 4:56am

Dish in talks with number of non-industry parties

Google is rumored to be in talks with Dish Network over creating a new wireless carrier, competing against Verizon and AT&T. Though it is not clear if a Google-supported mobile phone network will come to fruition, the software giant's move to wireless mirrors early discussions it had over its gigabit fiber project in Kansas City, and could potentially end up disrupting the mobile carrier industry.

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Dish, Voom HD settle lawsuit, AMC channels return to air

10/22, 8:11am

Spectrum deal covers 45 markets, 150M population

Dish Network has settled its lawsuit with Voom HD, allowing AMC back on Dish as of last night. The channels were initially dropped due to claimed high costs for AMC channels despite a relatively low viewership, though it appears more connected to a separate wireless spectrum-related lawsuit that has now ceased.

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Dish Network to offer satellite broadband service across US

08/15, 11:40pm

Broadband to be bundled with TV service

Dish Network is reportedly preparing to rollout satellite broadband service to complement its existing television services. The company already offers satellite broadband in a limited number of markets, as part of a collaborative partnership with California-based communications company ViaSat, however the upcoming service is said to utilize EchoStar satellites and coverage across the entire contiguous US.

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Dish Network sued by Fox, NBC, CBS over auto ad-skipper

05/24, 9:10pm

Counter-suit by Dish filed to preemptively declare skipping legal

Fox, NBCUniversal, and CBS have all filed suit independently against Dish Network over the new AutoHop service, which with the right set-top box allows viewers to automatically skip commercials, assuming the recorded content isn't watched on the day of broadcast. The broadcast networks call the DVR technology a violation of their copyrights, a danger to quality programming, and an assault on their financial ecosystem. In an effort to counter the separate legal attacks, Dish has filed a countersuit against the three, plus ABC, in an attempt to establish the legality of advertisement skipping.

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Dish stalling LTE-Advanced network rollout until 2016?

05/18, 3:45pm

Satellite company asks FCC for extension

Dish Network has warned the Federal Communications Commission that it may not be able to meet initial deployment goals for its LTE-Advanced network until 2016 or later. In a filing with the FCC (PDF), the satellite company is asking regulators to modify their official guidelines to accomodate a lengthier buildout schedule.

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Dish Network upgrades Hopper DVR service with Pandora

04/19, 9:15pm

Gives subscribers access to 900,000 tracks

Earlier today, Dish Network introduced streaming music service Pandora as an enhancement to the Hopper Whole Home HD digital video recorder (DVR) system. Either a new account or an existing account can be used with the upgrade. A persistent internet connection is required to access Pandora content.

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TiVo sues back vs. Motorola, Time Warner over DVR patents

03/26, 1:55pm

TiVo tries to hold off Motorola suit with its own

TiVo picked an SEC filing to disclose that it had fired back against a 2011 Motorola lawsuit with one of its own. The new complaint, which also includes Motorola customer Time Warner Cable, accuses the two of violating its key Time Warp patents, including for simultaneous DVR recording and watching, converting TV to digital video, and performing functions on a live stream. The filing, as it wasn't a court document, was short on details.

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FCC clears look into 700MHz interoperability, 2GHz cell data

03/21, 1:05pm

FCC moves on possibly mandating 700MHz unity

The FCC in an Open Commission Meeting Wednesday morning unanimously voted to pursue possibilities for significantly improving 4G's use in the US. It would verify whether there would be any adverse effect to making the 700MHz A, B, and C blocks of spectrum interoperable, letting one roam on the other. Agency officials would want outside input on what the rules would be if there were little to no interference, as well as whether any interference might be cut back.

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Dish's Hopper, Joey DVR hubs go on sale

03/15, 4:30pm

Hub leases for $10/month with basic packages

Dish Network has reportedly begun selling its Hopper whole-home DVR system, which was first unveiled early this year at CES. The system centers around the Hopper, a set-top box that integrates a 2TB drive, and smaller 'Joey' units that serve as extenders to distribute the video throughout a home.

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FCC delays decision on letting Dish make pure 4G network

03/02, 11:15pm

FCC says Dish must wait on 4G waiver

The FCC on Friday delayed a decision whether or not Dish could get a waiver for a satellite-free version of its proposed 4G phone network. The agency decided that the "rulemaking process" was necessary for the public good. It didn't give details of when a decision was expected, although claims by a pair of Reuters sources had a decision targeted for the end of the year.

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Dish exec: we have an 80% chance of succeeding in cellphones

02/23, 12:55pm

Dish CEO positive on cellphones if FCC clears it

Dish Network chairman Charlie Ergen believed his company had an 80 percent shot at succeeding with its potential 4G phone network. It hinged on the FCC giving the LTE network a waiver to run, but he called it both a core part of Dish's plans. Cellphone service could even be a "transformative strategy," Ergen said.

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Hands-on with Dish's Hopper multi-room DVR

01/13, 7:30pm

Dish Hopper gets our run-through at CES

Dish Network had an unusually strong presence at CES this year and gave us time to try its new Hopper DVR system. The three-tuner box is one of the more aggressive recorders we've seen and can record as many as six shows at once through a unique trick: it loads the four major US TV networks (ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC) on one tuner during prime time hours. It's hard to tell if there's any compression artifacts from the recorded shows on those networks, but it looked good in the controlled conditions of the CES floor.

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Details on Dish Network's Hopper home DVR leak early

01/05, 4:55pm

Dish Network to reveal Hopper home DVR at CES

Early details on Dish Network's planned CES unveiling of a home DVR dubbed Hopper have been revealed. It will be a rebrand of EchoStar's next-generation XiP satellite whole home DVR hardware (XiP 813), which gets extender units called Joeys (XiP 110). It's said to have three tuners and a built-in 2TB hard drive.

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Broadcom signs deals with SlingBox, Myriad for chip tech

01/05, 3:50pm

Broadcom makes deal with SlingBox, Myriad

Chipmaker Broadcom has made a few significant deals this week, partnering with Sling Media for its EchoStar set-top technology and with Myriad for the Alien Vue solution. The deals could result in a Broadcom system-on-chip that may allow set-top boxes for TVs that run Android apps and aren't limited to home Wi-Fi networks. Thus far, only Dish Network allows place-shifting in Sling's Slingbox set-tops.

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AT&T attempts to sell assets stall, suggest merger at an end

12/18, 7:55pm

ATT makes no progress on T-Mo asset sale offers

AT&T isn't making any progress in its attempts to sell T-Mobile assets to rescue its attempted buyout of T-Mobile, insiders uncovered Sunday. Discussions with smaller carriers have reportedly "gone cold," the Wall Street Journal heard. Among other problems, attempts to sell assets to Leap for its Cricket service fell as doubts existed that even this could salvage AT&T's proposed T-Mobile merger.

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Dish Network open to T-Mobile deal if AT&T takeover fails

12/12, 3:40pm

Would also want assets if divestiture required

Dish Network has indicated that it might be interested in acquiring assets from either AT&T or T-Mobile if their proposed $39 billion merger fails to go through. This insight came from Dish's CEO Joseph Clayton in an interview with Bloomberg. Dish has already expressed interest in acquiring customers and spectrum if US regulators require AT&T to divest any such assets in order to allow the deal to be completed.

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Dish talking prospects of paid live, streaming TV service

11/08, 3:45pm

Dish may use streaming to cut expensive TV

Dish is contemplating a TV streaming service that could be an end-run around costs for traditional TV, according to possible new leaks. The strategy as explained to the Wall Street Journal would see channels from "several" studios licensed for paid streaming online to help make it cheaper to adopt Dish's TV service. Some of the cost would come from excising sports channels it's normally required to carry from the cheapest Internet pricing plans, as they often cost disproportionately much more than other stations.

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Yahoo supposedly out of Hulu bidding, Google still in

10/09, 11:55pm

Yahoo rumored jumping ship from Hulu deals

Yahoo is reportedly out of the increasingly uncertain bidding process for Hulu, a claimed leak said late Sunday. The search engine has allegedly been identified by the WSJ sources as the original mystery bidder but also to have exited entirely. The internal turmoil following Carol Bartz' firing and the possibility of a sell-off were attributed to the departure.

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Sprint aims to push FCC into blocking AT&T-T-Mobile deal

10/03, 1:25pm

Sprint ex parte letter asking FCC to block merger

Wireless carrier Sprint has filed an ex parte letter (PDF) with the FCC, asking it to bring the proposed AT&T buyout of T-Mobile to a hearing overseen by an administrative law judge. While the FCC is still deliberating a final decision on the matter, its objection would result in just such a hearing. Sprint is trying to speed up the process and ask the FCC to deny the merger.

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Dish said to be highest bidder for Hulu

09/27, 7:45am

Google bid higher, but wanted special conditions

Sources say that Dish Network is the frontrunner in the bid to buy Hulu, beating out Google, Amazon, and Yahoo. Its offer is reportedly in the range $1.9 billion. Other bidders may have been put off by Hulu's plans to move away from its free, ad-supported model or the lack of certainty about the availability of content. For instance Google's bid was in the $4 billion range according to sources, but came with the demand that the networks continue to provide programming after their current contracts expire in a few years.

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Dish considering buying Sprint or Clearwire, CEO says

09/26, 10:20am

Dish looking for mobile carrier partner: CEO

The CEO of Dish Network, Joseph Clayton, said in an interview on Monday that the company could be looking into partnering or acquiring a wireless carrier. He floated to Bloomberg the prospect of getting either Sprint or Clearwire. The Dish executive admitted, however, that his company also need to secure wireless infrastructure, more technological capabilities, and distribution.

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Blockbuster Movie Pass comes October 1 with TV, streaming

09/23, 2:00pm

Blockbuster Movie Pass gives perks for satellite

Dish Network made a bet on Internet video Friday with Blockbuster Movie Pass. The service bundles satellite TV with mailed movie, TV, and game rentals as well as Internet streaming. Pitched as a rival to Netflix and Qwikster, it takes advantage of the Blockbuster rights and TV streaming to give a wider catalog of Internet video; 10,000 movies in total will stream to TVs and computers, including from Starz and others who have held out on Netflix to shelter their TV business.

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Dish, Blockbuster tease 'stream come true' event Friday

09/19, 11:50pm

Dish and Blockbuster hint big movie bundle Sept 23

Dish's ambitions for a major Internet movie service were confirmed late Monday after the company sent invitations to a special event for Friday, September 23. The "stream come true" gathering in San Francisco will be broadcast online from 1PM Eastern that day. Little is known about the exact details, but the satellite TV provider was confident it would have the "most comprehensive home entertainment package ever."

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Google may have much more ambitious Hulu bid

09/06, 4:30pm

Google may try for very special Hulu bid

Google's bid for Hulu may involve a much more elaborate prospect than anyone else, insiders gave out Tuesday. Amazon, Dish, and Yahoo are all offering conventional bids of up to $2 billion, but Google is now thought to have said "there's enough money" for a much more involved deal. Tips to AllThingsD didn't identify what the intentions were, but the amount was enough that Hulu would have normally thrown it out were it not for the cash involved.

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Dish a frontrunner to buy Hulu, plans rival to Netflix

09/02, 8:10pm

Dish plans Internet video push with Hulu, more

Dish Network is planning a big push into direct competition with Apple, Netflix, and other big Internet video services through its acquisitions, two leaks showed Friday. One scoop had it one of just three companies clearing the

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