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Dish Network gets CBS back after brief service blackout

Dish Network gets CBS back after brief service blackout

Dish Network subscribers once again have access to CBS following the brief service blackout resulting from an expired contract between the two. The blackout happened late Monday night, the latest instance of CBS and Dish Network's business relations souring. Now, less than a week later, Dish has announced that it has signed a new multi-year carriage deal with CBS.

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Dish Network loses CBS channels in latest service blackout

Dish Network loses CBS channels in latest service blackout

Dish Network has lost CBS channels due to an ongoing dispute between the two companies. The service blackout spans 18 cities, some of them major ones, and will result in those customers being unable to watch Thanksgiving's NFL game unless something changes in the very near future. This isn't the first time Dish Network has lost access to CBS channels over a carriage contract battle.

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Sling TV begins rolling out traditional ‘grid’ channel guide

Sling TV begins rolling out traditional ‘grid’ channel guide

Live television is undergoing a revolution, and while it is mostly a welcomed thing -- who doesn't like the idea of contract-free live TV streaming? -- it does have a downside: some of the new services are less-than-simple to navigate. While this may not be a problem for the youngest generation who will grow up exposed to these new-fangled interfaces, the experience is mostly just frustrating for everyone else. Thusly enters Sling TV's new traditional channel guide.

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Amazon Alexa now controls your DISH DVR by voice

Amazon Alexa now controls your DISH DVR by voice

DISH is looking to end "where's the remote?" hunting with an update for its Hopper and Wally set-top boxes that adds Amazon Alexa support. The new feature works with Amazon's Echo, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap, with voice control for everything from navigating between channels, search, and the basics of pause, fast-forward, and rewind. It's the first official integration of this sort between Alexa, Amazon's virtual assistant, and a third-party TV provider's hardware.

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DISH reveals Alexa Hopper skill, DISH Music, and Sling TV certification for devices

DISH reveals Alexa Hopper skill, DISH Music, and Sling TV certification for devices

DISH announced its AirTV streaming device earlier in the day, but the CES 2017 reveals don't stop there. Chief among these reveals is a new Hopper skill for Amazon's Alexa devices, namely the Echo and Echo Dot. If you have one of those and a Hopper DVR, you'll soon be able to pair your DVR with your Alexa device and start channel surfing using voice commands.

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DISH introduces AirTV, its new 4K Android TV-based streaming device

DISH introduces AirTV, its new 4K Android TV-based streaming device

The market for media streaming devices is getting a little bit crowded, but that isn't stopping DISH from getting in on the action with AirTV. Based on Android TV, AirTV is a new streaming device that combines internet streaming services with over-the-air signals. That is, it combines the two formats assuming you have the right add-ons.

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DirecTV NOW vs Sling TV vs PlayStation Vue: Streaming Showdown

DirecTV NOW vs Sling TV vs PlayStation Vue: Streaming Showdown

The brave new world of live television is upon us, and it comes in three forms: PlayStation Vue, Sling TV, and DirecTV NOW. Having multiple products to choose from is never a bad thing, but it does require more leg work. Which service has the features you can't live without? Is there some hard-to-find fine print you should know about? Does the service you're leaning toward offer the best value for your money? We've answered all those questions and more.

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DISH Network is giving out free HopperGO DVRs

DISH Network is giving out free HopperGO DVRs

This week the folks at DISH have made clear their intent with this holiday season, giving a bunch of HopperGO devices away to roll in the new users. To make this happen, users are asked to call a phone number and mention a code right after signing up for a Flex Pack. Users might also want to sign up for "any other base programming package" - these also work just as well, so says DISH.

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Dish unveils new low-cost skinny bundle with channel add-ons

Dish unveils new low-cost skinny bundle with channel add-ons

Dish Network has announced the launch of Flex Pack, a skinny bundle of sorts that starts at $29.99/month and gives subscribers more freedom in regards to which channels they get. Anyone who has subscribed to Sling TV or PlayStation Vue should be familiar with the bundle — it includes a core package of channels and then has eight optional add-on channel packs grouped by category, such as a Kids Pack and a News Pack.

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Dish to air 4K and On Demand Rio Olympics coverage

Dish to air 4K and On Demand Rio Olympics coverage

The main problem with 4K TVs for many people since they launched is that there just isn’t that much in the way of content to watch. There are a handful of movies and some Netflix content, but that is about it. Dish has announced something that will make 4K TV fans who like sports happy. Dish will be airing lots of 2016 Rio Olympics coverage with much of that content on demand and in 4K resolution.

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DISH Voice Remote launches for Hopper 3, 4K Joey users

DISH Voice Remote launches for Hopper 3, 4K Joey users

Smart TVs and TV platforms these all flaunt some sort of voice control or another, whether they be Google Now, Siri, Alexa, or some unnamed, disembodied voice. Naturally, set-top boxes and DVRs have to get into the game as well. DISH Network is doing precisely that and then some. Its new Voice Remote, which will be available to Hopper 3 and 4K Joey customers, can, of course, react to your voice. But lest you think that is its only ability, you'd be pleasantly surprised to find out how wrong you are.

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NFL blackout hits Dish Network as talks sour

NFL blackout hits Dish Network as talks sour

For the first time ever, the NFL has had its channels dropped by a TV service provider, a popular one at that. Dish Network kicked off an NFL Network and NFL RedZone blackout after talks between the two companies soured. The squabble is reportedly over distribution fees; the existing contract that gave Dish the NFL channels has expired, and the service provider apparently didn’t like the terms being offered by the new proposal.

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