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Dish Network’s chairman says he doesn’t want to kill advertisements, talks about AutoHop

Dish Network’s chairman says he doesn’t want to kill advertisements, talks about AutoHop

Dish Network has been a source of controversy for many months now thanks to its AutoHop commercial-skipping feature, which allows users to automatically skip commercials in DVR recordings. Broadcast networks have stated that such a feature is detrimental to the industry as a whole, which earns quite a bit of revenue through the advertisements. Dish's chairman Charlie Ergen has responded to this criticism in an interview with AllThingsD, stating that he doesn't want to kill commercials.

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CEA seeks new Best of CES partner amid DISH debacle

CEA seeks new Best of CES partner amid DISH debacle

It would appear that the news of CNET's official kicking of DISH's Hopper technology from their "Best Of CES" list on orders from parent company CBS has cost them their spot as the official partner running the awards program. CNET has been the official CES partner in charge of selecting the Best of CES awards for several years but will, according to the press release from CES today, no longer be a part of the program from this point forward. The events that lead up to this situation involve CBS - the parent company of CNET at the moment - and their litigation against DISH, and it's not pretty.

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Dish pulls out while DOJ steps in on Softbank/Sprint merger

Dish pulls out while DOJ steps in on Softbank/Sprint merger

The purchase of a controlling stake in Sprint's business here in the United States has become a bit of a circus when it comes to companies stepping in with complaints here in the spring of 2013. The plan was first tipped back in October of 2012 and confirmed that same month with a 70% stake in Sprint being agreed upon for $20.1 billion dollars, purchased by Japan-based mobile carrier Softbank. Since that announcement, we've seen protests from AT&T, the Dish Network, and now the real deal US Department of Justice - it appears that there are going to be some delays, needless to say.

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CBS says Dish Network pulled a fast one, hid Auto Hop during negotiations

CBS says Dish Network pulled a fast one, hid Auto Hop during negotiations

Dish Network's Auto Hop feature has been the target of more than a few legal proceedings, with networks crying foul over its commercial-deleting abilities. Now, admist the controversy already surrounding the device, is a claim by CBS that Dish Network intentionally concealed Auto Hop during negotiations, something it is none to happy about. According to the network, not providing the information completely altered the resulting deal.

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Dish Network to close 300 Blockbuster stores in the US

Dish Network to close 300 Blockbuster stores in the US

Blockbuster was once the largest movie rental company in the country before digital services such as Netflix and others began to seriously encroach on its turf. Blockbuster was forced to close many of its stores around the country and eventually filed bankruptcy. Satellite TV company Dish Network purchased Blockbuster in 2011 for $320 million.

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Dish demands FCC see Softbank-Sprint deal “unripe for consideration”

Dish demands FCC see Softbank-Sprint deal “unripe for consideration”

This week the folks at Dish Network have made it clear that they're going to go hardcore with their business tactics when it comes to attaining Clearwire - their methods including hitting the competition where it hurts: Sprint's merger with Softbank. Several months ago Softbank made a bid to attain US-based Sprint while Sprint made a bid to attain Clearwire, their ability to purchase Clearwire being based on they themselves being purchased by Softbank. Because Dish Network sees Softbank's acquisition of Sprint as contingent on Sprint's future purchase of Clearwire, they've filed for the whole stack of cards to come tumbling down.

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Dish announces Hopper with Sling HD DVR, offers offline recordings on iPad

Dish announces Hopper with Sling HD DVR, offers offline recordings on iPad

Dish Network has announced the arrival of its second generation HD Whole-home DVR, the Hopper with Sling. With the DVR, subscribers have access to some new features, as well as improvements on existing features, making for an all-around better experience. In addition, the Hopper with Sling will be accompanied by the Transfers app, allowing subscribers to watch recorded content offline via an iPad.

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Dish gets FCC thumbs up on its wireless aspirations

Dish gets FCC thumbs up on its wireless aspirations

Dish Network has been pining to launch its own wireless service, which it will likely advertise in its semi-recently-acquired Blockbuster stores. Thus far, its plans have been on hold pending FCC approval, which it was granted today. This comes a week after rumor spread that Sprint had requested a partnership with Dish, which is looking to fire up its own 4G LTE network.

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Dish sends FCC an angry message on their AWS-4 Spectrum rules

Dish sends FCC an angry message on their AWS-4 Spectrum rules

It's no secret that groups like Dish Network aren't always happy about the rules they've got to follow when it comes to the FCC, and today it's become extra apparent that Dish isn't afraid to dish, as it were, on their frustrations. The FCC has issued a ruling on Dish to allow them to build an LTE Advanced mobile network in its MSS spectrum just recently, biut technical rules inside this proposition have limited up to 5MHz of Dish's spectrum in the meantime. Dish has responded with a message saying that the FCC's proposition is "deeply flawed."

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Dish Network tried to buy MetroPCS before T-Mobile

Dish Network tried to buy MetroPCS before T-Mobile

The Wall Street Journal reports that satellite TV giant Dish Network tried to purchase MetroPCS before T-Mobile stepped up and bought the prepaid cellular carrier. Dish Network reportedly offered $4 billion in August report people familiar with the deal. The four billion dollar offer valued MetroPCS at $11 per share.

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Google Mobile Carrier real possibility with tipped Dish agreement

Google Mobile Carrier real possibility with tipped Dish agreement

While they've not reached final talks by any means whatsoever, it appears that Google (along with several other large-name groups in the market) have been speaking with Dish about creating a mobile carrier service of their own. This set of talks has been tipped by sources speaking with the Wall Street Journal where they almost immediately warn that the conversation was not "advanced" and that they "could amount to nothing." Google has been tipped to be getting into the wireless data business for smartphones and tablets since Android was first acquired by the company known then as a Search Giant back in 2007.

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