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NBC not happy about Dish Network Auto Hop

NBC not happy about Dish Network Auto Hop

Last week, we mentioned a new and interesting feature that Dish Network added to some of its DVRs. The new feature is called Auto Hop and would go in on certain shows and automatically delete the commercials. The feature did have caveats such as only working on prime time programming for the four big broadcast networks.

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DISH Network adds automatic ad skipping to Hopper DVRs

DISH Network adds automatic ad skipping to Hopper DVRs

The rise of TiVo and other digital video recorders foretold an apocalypse, a sweeping river of change that would destroy the television industry as we know it thanks to lowered commercial advertising revenue. Except it didn't - it just made it easier to skip those four Honda commercials interrupting Law & Order. Now DISH Network has taken it one step further, installing a feature on its Hopper DVRs that automatically bypasses commercials.

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Verizon launching HomeFusion residential 4G LTE this week

Verizon launching HomeFusion residential 4G LTE this week

Verizon's 4G LTE wireless connectivity will soon be an option for residential broadband. The company will be launching a new HomeFusion service that will leverage its 4G LTE wireless network to bring high-speed connectivity to residential customers, which will be especially welcome to those living in areas with limited broadband choices. The service will be available starting Thursday, May 3, kicking off nationwide (230 markets), which covers two-thirds of the US population.

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DISH adds Pandora to Hopper DVR system

DISH adds Pandora to Hopper DVR system

Spotify isn’t the only music streaming company making headlines today. DISH has announced that it’s taking Pandora, the personalized radio service, and bringing it to the DISH Hopper HD DVR system. Pandora integration will mean that customers will be able to search and access Pandora from their Hopper DVRs across the house.

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Dish Network to axe more Blockbuster retail stores

Dish Network to axe more Blockbuster retail stores

When Dish Network purchased the ailing Blockbuster rental chain last year, it had planned to keep about 90% of the stores around the country open. That means that 10% of the stores fell under the knife straight away and were closed. Dish Network noted at CES that it was set to axe every one of the stores around the country not making money.

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DISH Network Hopper and Joey multi-zone DVR system revealed

DISH Network Hopper and Joey multi-zone DVR system revealed

DISH Network has revealed its new whole-house high definition DVR system, the bizarrely named Hopper and Joey, consisting of a main DVR base station and multiple smaller STBs. Hopper can record up to six HD channels simultaneously to its 2TB of internal storage, funneling that to individual Joey boxes that are connected via your home's existing co-axial cabling. Meanwhile an ecosystem of Sling adapters, online management through the browser and the DISH Remote Access apps allow for access outside of the home.

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DISH Network adds video-on-demand to iPad app

DISH Network adds video-on-demand to iPad app

DISH Network has refreshed its DISH Remote Access app for iPad with on-demand access to a catalog of thousands of streaming movies and TV shows, the company has announced at CES today. The updated app requires a subscription to the Blockbuster @Home package - previously known as Blockbuster Movie Pass - or select premium movie packages, including HBO and Cinemax, but once you have that you can use your iPad to trawl through DISH's back-catalog of content.

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AT&T, T-Mobile consider deal re-cut, Dish steps in

AT&T, T-Mobile consider deal re-cut, Dish steps in

For months now we've been hearing that AT&T and T-Mobile have been going back and forth with various investigatory boards, the FCC, the Department of Justice, their grandmothers, and today its come to light that AT&T is considering "recutting" its original $39 billion dollar deal for T-Mobile USA in light of U.S. antitrust authorities ever-rising opposition. The antitrust case at hand has been postponed in face of the possible recutting, and both AT&T and the Justice Department have joined in asking the judge to postpone all proceedings in the court until January 18th, 2012 -- that way everyone can take a rest and drink some egg-nog while they mull everything over.

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Dish considering Sprint or Clearwire acquisition

Dish considering Sprint or Clearwire acquisition

Sprint and Clearwire are not doing well and neither is their partnerships to bring WiMax 4G service to the masses. Sprint was said to be in talks with Clearwire in August to possibly buy Clearwire out. Since then nothing has happened between the two companies. A new report has surfaced from Dish Network CEO Joseph Clayton that says that Dish may be looking to buy out or partner with Clearwire or Sprint.

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No Matter Who Owns Blockbuster, It’s a Joke

No Matter Who Owns Blockbuster, It’s a Joke

Like many others, I’ve been extremely critical of Blockbuster over the years. I’ve felt that the company has failed to see the changing times, and has generally lost all sense of what consumers are after.

So, when Dish acquired Blockbuster earlier this year, I thought it might be a good thing for the formerly dominant rental firm. I thought that Dish could find a way to revive Blockbuster’s ailing business model, and return it to a place where it would no longer be viewed as a joke.

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