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Judge rejects request to block Dish AutoHop and PrimeTime Anytime

Judge rejects request to block Dish AutoHop and PrimeTime Anytime

Ah, commercials. They're convenient for those times you want to grab more snacks without missing any of your show, and maddening when you just want to watch TV without seemingly endless commercials. Dish Network offers two features via its Hopper Whole-Home DVR that allows users to record shows and skip commercials. Fox tried to block these features, but a judge has ruled in Dish's favor.

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SpaceX Dragon engine loss had consequences for Orbcomm OG2 satellite

SpaceX Dragon engine loss had consequences for Orbcomm OG2 satellite

The SpaceX Dragon capsule is currently on the way to the International Space Station, but today we found out that the launch didn't exactly go as smoothly as planned. A little over one minute into the launch, the Falcon 9 rocket lost one of its engines. We were told that this little issue won't affect the mission to the ISS, but now Orbcomm is saying that the engine loss had some unintended consequences for the launch of one of its OG2 telecommunications satellites.

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Freesat+ “free time” blurs on-demand and free satellite TV

Freesat+ “free time” blurs on-demand and free satellite TV

The next-generation of free-to-air digital satellite service Freesat has been revealed, <free time>, complete with a new listings system, catch-up TV from BBC iPlayer and others, and streamlined recording. The Freesat+ UK service now includes a "backwards" TV guide that shows what has been broadcast in the recent past, pulling content from BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, and - by the end of the year - 4oD and Demand 5 - while Humax has revealed the first of the new Freesat+ boxes.

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Dish Network tipped for nationwide satellite broadband network

Dish Network tipped for nationwide satellite broadband network

There are a significant number of Americans around the country that don't have access to broadband Internet. The reason many of these people don't have access isn't that they can't afford it. The reason that they don't have broadband is because in many rural locations broadband is simply not available by traditional means such as cable or DSL. That leaves the only option in some instances being satellite broadband.

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Longest-running continuous view of Earth from space turns 40

Longest-running continuous view of Earth from space turns 40

It was exactly 40 years ago today when the first Landsat satellite—the ERTS-1—was launched into orbit by NASA to provide global coverage of large-scale human activity like building cities and farming over the long term. The very first Landsat satellite was sent into orbit on July 23, 1972 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and marks the world’s longest-running Earth observation satellite program.

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Dish Network drops AMC from lineup

Dish Network drops AMC from lineup

If you're a big fan of some the cool original programs on AMC like Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and Mad Men, bad news. After threatening for months to drop AMC, Dish Network has made good on the threat. AMC has now been dropped from the Dish Network lineup meaning fans of any of the networks programming will need to change carriers to be able to watch.

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DISH and Qualcomm team up for satellite chipset

DISH and Qualcomm team up for satellite chipset

Seems like everyone wants to make use of the new Snapdragon S4 SoC, with DISH and Qualcomm announcing a partnership that will see the popular chipset used in upcoming wireless devices. DISH is hoping to create mobile handsets that will be able to take use of the integrated 3G and LTE radios while also leveraging a satellite mode. DISH looks to be utilizing its spectrum to deliver wireless broadband on the ground in addition to its satellite service.

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Kazakhstan blocking Russian satellite launch

Kazakhstan blocking Russian satellite launch

Russia is hoping to launch three new satellites into space, but Kazakhstan has blocked the launches due to disputes over the drop zone for the rocket debris. The debris would fall in the northern region of Kazakhstan, with the country believing that Russia should sign a new leasing agreement if the debris zone is to be used. That’s left Russia in somewhat of a difficult position.

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