I put my conspiracy theory guy pants on this morning as I emailed a couple of media analysts with a half-baked theory whose time has come: In hoisting a controversial new bundling strategy that has irked its programming partners, Verizon is really working to build leverage to negotiate content rights for its upcoming wireless OTT service.
DishNetwork's Charlie Ergen and Comcast's Brian Roberts may be the household names in the pay-TV industry, but it's the up-and-coming executives in these companies who are helping to drive key initiatives.
Verizon Communications late last week became the latest telecommunications company to publicly object to Dish Network's strategy for obtaining deep discounts on winning bids in the FCC's recently completed AWS-3 spectrum auction.
Dish Network wants to use its wireless spectrum to launch a mobile video service, and it's willing to partner with companies both in and out of the wireless industry to do so, according to Charlie Ergen, chairman of the satellite provider.
Dish Network Chairman and incoming CEO Charlie Ergen dismissed characterizations of his company's new OTT service as being disruptive to pay-TV.
Dish Network announced the retirement of Joseph Clayton Monday, less than two months after the CEO introduced the disruptive Sling TV OTT service that was developed under his watch.
Reviews of Dish Network's new OTT service generally say that it is technologically elegant, but lacking in the breadth and depth of programming necessary to render it "game-changing." Yet Sling TV has a few key differentiating factors that make it more than just a cheaper version of cable.
Dish Network is spending around $10 billion to acquire a wide range of spectrum licenses in the FCC's now-completed AWS-3 spectrum auction. That's on top of a boatload of spectrum the company already owns. Just how did Charlie Ergen's company become such a spectrum powerhouse, and what exactly does Ergen plan to do with it?
Monday's Dish Network press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show was as jarring as a ride across the outback in a pouch. It started off with CEO Joseph Clayton being escorted onto the Mandalay Bay stage by a small marching band of kangaroo-costumed players, a reference to the Hopper DVR the executive would soon laud.
Dish Network engaged in talks with embattled Sony Pictures over the weekend about screening the comedy feature The Interview for its 14 million subscribers, but ultimately balked.