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DISH Network grabs Blockbuster bankruptcy assets

DISH Network grabs Blockbuster bankruptcy assets

DISH Network has snapped up Blockbuster's assets for $320m, after the bankrupt rental retailer put itself up for auction after facing an insurmountable $1bn in debt. "With its more than 1,700 store locations, a highly recognizable brand and multiple methods of delivery, Blockbuster will complement our existing video offerings while presenting cross-marketing and service extension opportunities for DISH Network" Tom Cullen, DISH Network's exec in charge of sales, marketing and programming reckons, suggesting that the satellite company won't immediately shutter all the stores.

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Montana Radio Shack offers free gun with Dish Network purchase

Montana Radio Shack offers free gun with Dish Network purchase

If you live in a rural area where the local cable company has a junky cable line up odds are you have moved on to satellite service so you can get all the channels that your local company lacks. Even some folks that live in urban areas with lots of channels still opt for satellite service. Satellite is one of the most common alternatives to cable today.

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Another legal round for DISH and TIVO

Another legal round for DISH and TIVO

DISH Network has scored a victory in it's legal struggle against TIVO.  A judge has ruled that since the field is densely populated with DVRs competiting with TIVO, that DISH has a legal right to re-examine original decisions that now seem mute.  But does that really mean it's all over but the shouting?

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Dish Network adds new 3D movies

Dish Network adds new 3D movies

One of the big issues that have plagued 3D TV owners and kept many from adopting the new tech aside from price of the sets and the fact that the active glasses are expensive has been the lack of content. Some of the big cable companies have added 3D sports channels, but many of the 3D stations are not 3D all the time.

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Live TV on iPad Today Via DISH Remote Access App

Live TV on iPad Today Via DISH Remote Access App

Today DISH Network LLC announces their DISH Remote Access app for iPad, a free application that allows DISH Network customers the ability to watch both live and recorded TV on their tablet. To use this service, DISH Network customers must have a broadband-connected, Sling-enabled device like the Sling Adapter which pairs with DISH Network's ViP 722 or 722k HD DVRs. Sound easy enough? Well then it's probably time to connect!

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SlingPlayer Mobile for Android hands-on [Video]

SlingPlayer Mobile for Android hands-on [Video]

Sling Media have released a brief demo of their new SlingPlayer Android client, but we fancied a better play and so managed to grab a copy of the beta for ourselves.  Loaded up on a Nexus One, the control process was just as straightforward on the Google phone's 3.7-inch display as it looks on the EVO 4G's 4.3-inch screen; picture quality is decent, and while there are a lot of on-screen controls - since they're basically recreating your full set-top box remote in the mobile client - after a little use it's all reasonably familiar.  More first impressions - and a demo video - after the cut.

Video demo after the cut

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Google TV: Good Idea, Poor Initial Execution

Google TV: Good Idea, Poor Initial Execution

At last week’s Google I/O conference, the search giant revealed plans for new web video technologies, an update to Android, and Google TV. Before we get into what Google TV is, it’s worth noting something that it isn’t – a tablet. (You’re probably thinking, “I don’t need a fancy analyst guy to tell me that Google TV isn’t a tablet, it’s sort of self-evident.” Bear with me.) Apple’s unbelievable early success with the iPad is due in large part to the fact that the iPad isn’t an entirely new product – it’s a sibling to the iPod touch. However, in addition to extending the iPhone/iPod/iTunes ecosystem to include the iPad, Apple rewrote its apps for the larger form factor and encouraged developers to specifically target the iPad with a segmented app store. Google is now targeting all three screens, the PC, TV, and phone, but missed the opportunity at its annual developer event to promote its vision for things that fit in between the phone and PC. There will be dozens of Android tablets out this year, and none of them will have an optimized experience. I think this is a major missed opportunity.

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Google Teams With Sony, Logitech, DISH Network, and Intel to Bring Google TV to Best Buy

Google Teams With Sony, Logitech, DISH Network, and Intel to Bring Google TV to Best Buy

Google TV, according to those invested in the project, is going to bring you the next generation of TV. Basically, that means it's going to be bigger than big. Some might even say huge. And with partners like these, we imagine that Google may be right in their assumption. Of course, we've detailed Google TV for you already, but it never hurts to bring you the full press release, now does it?

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