Discussing his company's strategy for its new Sling TV programming tier that lets more than one member of a subscriber home access the service simultaneously, Sling CEO Roger Lynch said adding the coveted ESPN would simply drive the cost of the service up too high.
Dish Network Chairman and CEO Charlie Ergen said he sees a path to continued carriage in his company's current negotiations with Viacom, but that Dish is "prepared to move on as others have without the content."
Dish Network reported its first-quarter numbers marked by a net loss of 23,000 pay-TV subscribers, compared to a net gain of 35,000 in the year-ago quarter. But it's still difficult to determine how much Dish's Sling TV offset losses to the core DBS service because Dish still isn't breaking out subscriber numbers for its IP-based streaming service.
Dish Network is taking its integration of Netflix into the realm of 4K, announcing that UltraHD content on the SVOD provider will be playable on its new Hopper 3 DVRs.
Dish Network has signed separate multi-year agreements with Nielsen and comScore to provide the research companies with data from its network of pay-TV set-tops.
With yet another retrans battlefront opening with Cox Media Group, Dish Network may see as many as 84 stations go dark on its service tonight.
Dish Network notified the FCC last week that it will indeed seek binding arbitration to end a negotiating impasse with NBCUniversal on a new, broad-reaching broadcast retransmission and cable programming carriage agreement.
While purchasers of pricey 4K TV sets haven't had a lot of UltraHD programming available to help amortize their purchases, Dish Network is offering some level of justification with the newly introduced "Sports Bar" feature in its new Hopper 3 DVR.
With Sony's recent availability expansion and price reduction for PlayStation Vue, the online TV service is now in more direct competition with Dish Network's Sling TV. Both services are available nationwide, and Vue's new $30 entry level price isn't far off from the $20 monthly rate for Sling's most basic package.
After reporting customer losses of 81,000 for 2015, Dish Network says its getting so efficient at customer service, it can afford to lose a service center located in the Houston suburb of Alvin.