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Blockbuster’s last day to rent set for November 9th

Blockbuster’s last day to rent set for November 9th

The final day any person living will be able to rent a video from the physical rental store chain Blockbuster has been set for November 9th, 2013. While this day has been solidified for physical rentals of media from the stores across the United States, store locations will remain open for several weeks afterward. According to DISH, in addition to staying open to accept returns, these final weeks will be used to liquidate stock.

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Blockbuster stores closing: where do all the rentals go? [UPDATE]

Blockbuster stores closing: where do all the rentals go? [UPDATE]

Today the folks at DISH have stated that their subsidiary Blockbuster will be closing its physical stores nationwide. That includes every single physical rental store with a Blockbuster sign in front of it, not just the 16 that used to be across your city reduced in recent months to a scant few. This move will close all of the remaining Blockbuster stores in the USA - all 300 of them.

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DISH will loan iPad 2 tablets to Southwest passengers on select flights

DISH will loan iPad 2 tablets to Southwest passengers on select flights

Earlier this year we mentioned that DISH and Southwest Airlines had teamed up to bring free live television and on-demand services to all Wi-Fi equipment Southwest flights. The inaugural flight for the service saw DISH hand out free iPad tablets to passengers so they can enjoy the service. Being able to watch DISH programming during the flight is much better than having to endure whatever movie the airline happens to choose for the flight.

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DISH Hopper gets Control4 integration for smart home

DISH Hopper gets Control4 integration for smart home

DISH and Control4 have teamed up to integrate the Hopper HD DRV into the Control4 home automation system, spreading control of the digital video recorder across any in-wall touchscreen, remote, tablet, or smartphone used in the home. Building on DISH's API, which the company launched back in July, the integration means that those living in a Control4-enabled smart home will be able to manage setting and playing back their recordings from third-party devices, as well as have EPG information fed into the system and displayed on other screens.

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Fox denied preliminary injunction against DISH Network Hopper place shifting tech

Fox denied preliminary injunction against DISH Network Hopper place shifting tech

Major television networks have been fighting DISH Network and the company's Hopper whole home DVR system since it launched. The Hopper whole home DVR system had some very interesting technology that allowed viewers to skip commercials during prime time shows and view live and recorded content outside of the home on smart devices. One of the first networks to step up and try to block some of this technology was Fox.

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Southwest Airlines DISH deal brings free TV to WiFi flights

Southwest Airlines DISH deal brings free TV to WiFi flights

While some airlines are still trying to catch up by bringing WiFi to its fleet of aircrafts, Southwest Airlines is a step ahead of the crowd. Today, Southwest and DISH have teamed up to bring free live television, as well as on demand services, to all WiFi-equipped Southwest flights. This means that around 75% of Southwest's flights currently can take advantage of free TV while in the air, which they're calling "TV Flies Free".

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DISH Hopper Social app brings Twitter chat and Facebook updates to HD DVR

DISH Hopper Social app brings Twitter chat and Facebook updates to HD DVR

Today an app has been released by DISH that will bring social networking to the Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR machine, integrating Twitter and Facebook into the mix. This app is what DISH calls the "first set-top box application capable of providing contextually-relevant social feeds." Of course this isn't the only way you can chat through Twitter or see your Facebook updates on your TV, but it certainly is a unique bit of integration.

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Dish Network bids $25.5bn for Sprint to bypass Softbank buy

Dish Network bids $25.5bn for Sprint to bypass Softbank buy

Dish Network has thrown in as a Sprint suitor, offering $25.5bn to pick up the ailing CDMA carrier, and frustrate would-be buyer Softbank in the process. The takeover - which Dish chairman Charles Ergen described as "much more compelling than the Softbank transaction," in his opinion, and by the satellite TV provider's own calculations would amount to 13-percent more than the Japanese carrier has offered - would leave Dish able to offer combined home and mobile voice, data, and entertainment services across the US.

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DISH reportedly approached Deutsche Telekom about a possible T-Mobile merger

DISH reportedly approached Deutsche Telekom about a possible T-Mobile merger

DISH Network Chairman Charlie Ergen had reportedly approached Deutsche Telekom about a possible merger between DISH and T-Mobile USA. According to Bloomberg's sources, DISH approached the company before it had approved an improved merger offer to MetroPCS. Deutsche Telekom said it might be interested in DISH's offer, however it will only consider it once its merger with MetroPCS closes.

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