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.
Media conglomerate 21 st Century Fox has removed Fox News and Fox Business from the programming guides of over 14 million Dish Network subscribers.
Dish Network wants to charge ahead with a plan to launch its new OTT service without broadcast channels being offered to subscribers in the basic tier, keeping the base price at around $30.
Dish Network and Turner Broadcasting announced an end to a bitter carriage standoff that saw CNN disappear from the satellite operator's program guide for a month, and also threatened to pull TNT and TBS from the service.
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After launching a series of TV commercials warning Dish Network subscribers that they could soon lose access to SEC football games, Naval Criminal Investigative Services-themed procedural dramas and the Big Bang Theory, CBS Corp. sent out a statement Tuesday accusing the satellite operator of "dragging its feet for months" in retrans negotiations.
With the current retrans deal between the broadcast network and the satellite operator set to expire Nov. 20, CBS has already gone into propaganda mode, warning Dish Network subscribers of a possible blackout.
Responding to tough earnings-call comments made by Dish Network chairman Charlie Ergen regarding ongoing retrans talks with his conglomerate, CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves let loose with some pointed remarks of his own on Monday.
As he aggressively dragged a program licensing dispute into Dish Network's third-quarter earnings report Tuesday, I had to chuckle a bit at this particular Charlie Ergen barb: Choosing to permanently ditch Turner Networks' channels, he said it "would be a little bit tougher if their original programming was a success like AMC."