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Dish co-founder takes over as CEO — is mobile the next step?

Dish co-founder takes over as CEO — is mobile the next step?

Today, Dish is announcing their CEO is stepping down. Joseph Clayton took over for Dish co-founder Charlie Erdman in 2011, and was charged with transforming Dish’s business. He was at the head of the table as Dish acquired a massive portfolio of spectrum (relative to their needs), and also helped bring us Sling TV. In his absence, Erdman will reclaim the CEO role. The appointment of Erdman, who sat on Dish’s board since stepping down as CEO, isn’t temporary, either, suggesting even more change is afoot.

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Sling TV strikes deal with Univision, adds Spanish-language channels

Sling TV strikes deal with Univision, adds Spanish-language channels

Dish Network's long rumored Internet television service became real last month with the introduction of Sling TV, a service that allows subscribers to watch live channels streamed over the Internet. Upon introduction, the service brought with it a dozen channels (including those coveted sports channels), and now less than a month later the number of channels it offers has expanded. Sling TV has struck a new partnership with Univision, and under it will add several of the network's Spanish-language channels.

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FCC Commissioner wants Dish’s spectrum auction bids investigated

FCC Commissioner wants Dish’s spectrum auction bids investigated

When the FCC auction ended last week, Dish walked away with roughly $10 billion in spectrum. That spend was down from $13 billion, where Dish took advantage of $3 billion or so in discounts. Now, an FCC commissioner is questioning whether or not Dish should be entitled to those discounts. The rub is in how Dish actually acquired the spectrum, where they used a series of subsidiaries to snap up blocks of spectrum. In doing so, they took advantage of ‘small business’ discounts.

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Super Bowl Ads only: Dish Reverse AutoHop to the rescue

Super Bowl Ads only: Dish Reverse AutoHop to the rescue

Oh thank goodness the Dish team have come to their senses, turning their advertising-skipping feature "AutoHop" on its head for the Super Bowl. Instead of skipping the advertisements, Dish suggests you may want to skip the football. With Reverse AutoHop, the Hopper DVR device will allow you to watch the entire Super Bowl without all those tiresome, boring minutes of sports. Now you can just watch Kim Kardashian's T-Mobile USA ad instead - or the one with the rabbits. Or the one with the guy - the ad about the stuff!

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Sling TV Review: Taking TV back

Sling TV Review: Taking TV back

As I write this review, SportsCenter is on in the background. I’ve not watched ESPN in years — actual years — so this review is like revisiting a memory. I’m a bit of a cord cutter (I still get Internet via the cable company), and there are several reasons for that. Sling TV brings cable back into my life, but in the best way possible. I don’t have to re-up some cable contract, and it works with streaming devices I have on every TV. It’s must-have TV. Here’s why.

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Dish Network liable for millions of telemarketing violations, rules court

Dish Network liable for millions of telemarketing violations, rules court

In a recent court ruling, Dish Network was found to be liable for millions of telemarketing violations, including failure to honor Do Not Call requests. The ruling was made by the Central District of Illinois' district court, which says that Dish has "tens of millions" of calls under its belt that weren't made in line with the FTC's Telemarketing Sales Rule. This is a partial summary judgement victory for the FTC, which had a case filed on its behalf by the Justice Department back in early 2009.

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CES Day 1: 4K is here to stay, Lenovo douses the competition

CES Day 1: 4K is here to stay, Lenovo douses the competition

If you thought CES was dead, you’re wrong. It’s not the over-the-top extravaganza it once was, but there are still plenty of interesting things to be found. On day one, some heavy hitters brought their arsenal out, giving us something to think about for the rest of the week. TVs were a big deal (literally), while we also got a look at some new phones. In case you weren’t sure, CES also made it clear that 4K is the new normal.

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DISH Hopper Voice Remote and 4K Joey box unveiled

DISH Hopper Voice Remote and 4K Joey box unveiled

This week at CES 2015, Dish is bringing more than a Sling TV service to the market. They're also bringing a new DISH Hopper Voice Remote and a 4K Joey TV box as well. With the Hopper Voice Remote, you'll find a "streamlined customer experience," as they say, finding a sweet spot between the limited functionality (requiring more clicks) of the Apple TV remote and the overly-complicated universal remotes of the past. This remote will be present in most future Dish device setups.

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Sling TV brings cable channels to cord cutters for $20/month

Sling TV brings cable channels to cord cutters for $20/month

What is Sling TV? It’s not the Sling you might be thinking of for media consumption, but it’s close. While the Sling Player lets you broadcast content just about anywhere you like, Sling TV lets you subscribe to cable without having to go through a legacy Cable TV provider. It’s Internet cable, and comes courtesy of Dish. Maybe best of all, it only runs $20/month. For that spend, you get access to a variety of popular cable TV channels, including ESPN.

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Fox News and Fox Business removed from Dish Network

Fox News and Fox Business removed from Dish Network

It's not uncommon at all for negotiations in the cable and satellite TV industry to come to a standstill and for either the cable or satellite firm or the owner of a network that airs on the TV platform to remove channels from the line up as a negotiation tactic. This has happened several times to Dish Network over the years and its happening again now.

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