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28 Oct

Sling TV Crosses One Million Subscribers

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Dish Network has reasons to be happy, as their Sling TV online video service, has surpassed the one-million users mark. This is as per the report of a research firm that tracks streaming services. The report has given Dish Network a head start before their rivals AT&T, YouTube, and Hulu get on the market.

The one-million milestone has put Sling TV ahead of Time Warner’s HBO Now in terms of total number of subscribers, according to Brett Sappington, an analyst at Parks Associates that bases their information on mobile data and various consumer surveys. However, Dish Network never disclosed the details of their Sling TV subscriber base and their spokesman Bob Toevs declined to comment on the news. It is also to be noted that Bloomberg Intelligence estimated in June that Sling TV had 671,000 subscribers at the end of the month.

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Sling TV Subscribers

Sling TV service started with twenty channels for twenty dollars in January 2015. Sling TV service was the first live “skinny bundle” television service out of the gate, and the service undercut the traditional cable television providers by offering a small number of channels at a very low price. The idea of Dish Network was to lure in people who were not paying for the big bundle cable TV packages. Sling TV was later developed to include more channels, and offered fifty channels for forty dollars since earlier this year.

The initial reports on the service showed that it was slow to take off, partly due to problems like service disruption during college basketball Final Four series. Due to the disruption, subscribers were unable to watch some of the games. This service outage was blamed on the capacity constraints of the network and these issues are now addressed, Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch said.

“When it was first launched, most were expecting they could get to 2 million within two years,” said Amy Yong, an analyst with Macquarie Capital USA Inc. “They’ve had a few glitches along the way, which reset expectations, so 1 million is definitely encouraging.” Sling TV is ranked sixth among the various OTT internet video subscription services.

AT&T is buying Time Warner Inc. and they will start their own internet-based bundle, DirecTV Now, by November, which offers more than hundred channels for just thirty five dollars per month. This would be a great competition for Dish Network’s Sling TV service.

22 Oct

Sling TV Subscribers Can Now Access Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

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Lifestyle Plus Extra

Sling TV has been trying to strengthen their competition with other online streaming platforms by adding several new offerings to their channel lineup. It is evident that Dish Network’s Sling TV has enjoyed great success in the recent years by attracting more customers to their offerings.

In a recent announcement, Sling TV confirmed that they have acquired the rights for two distant networks, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries and Hallmark Channel from Crown Media Family Networks. These new channels will be available to the Sling subscribers in their “Lifestyle Plus Extra” add on service, which will be available on both Sling Blue and Sling Orange packages.

“Families are embracing our service and the wide array of family-friendly programs on Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries makes Sling TV the perfect option for families looking to customize their entertainment,” CEO Roger Lynch said. “Just in time for the holidays, subscribers can enjoy both networks’ seasonal programming events, which include original movies and special programs like the ‘National Christmas Tree Lighting’ on December 5.”

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Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

Commenting on that, Bill Abbott, President and CEO for Crown Media Family Networks, said, “We are delighted to partner with Sling TV and to further extend the reach of our unique brand of family entertainment. The timing of these launches couldn’t be better as we embark on our holiday season and the October 29th kick-off of our highly-anticipated and top-rated 24/7 seasonal programming events – ‘Countdown to Christmas’ on Hallmark Channel and ‘The Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas’ on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.”

Hallmark Channel offers a wide variety of family-friendly content and entertaining programs including primetime scripted series, annual specials, light-hearted romantic movies, “Home & Family” talk show, Emmy-nominated lifestyle programs, and approximately 20 hours of On Demand programming. In addition to that, Sling TV subscribers can also enjoy some of the popular TV series offered by the Hallmark Channel, which includes Frasier, Golden Girls, I Love Lucy, and The Middle.

The other channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, which is also available in Sling TV’s Lifestyle Plus Extra add on package, offers an abundant collection of mystery movies, series, and original dramatic shows to their viewers. Sling TV subscribers can purchase the Lifestyle Plus Extra add on package for 5 dollars for a month.

17 Oct

Arabic Video On Demand Service, SHAHID Comes To Dish And Sling

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Video On Demand

Dish Network and Sling TV subscribers in the United States will now be able to access SHAHID, a Video On Demand (VOD) service, which offers an abundant collection of popular and entertaining Arabic contents. The owner of this VOD service is Pan-Arab broadcaster, MBC Group.

MBC group has an enormous customer base and they almost reached to 28 million viewers during Ramadan 2016. Reports indicate that the addition of this service in Dish Network and Sling TV will attract more Middle East subscribers towards their offerings.

Izabela Slowikowska, Vice President of International Programming at Sling TV and DISH said, “Access to quality on demand content has become an elemental part of the viewing experience, and by offering SHAHID we are unlocking a wealth of Arabic content that is now available in the US. Together with our existing line-up of live and VOD content, this platform gives our viewers an unparalleled experience in finding and enjoying Arabic entertainment.”

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SHAHID Comes To Dish

Fadel Zahreddine, MBC’s Group Director of Brand Management & Digital said, “SHAHID is known around the world as the top destination for VOD Arabic entertainment, and now we are available for a key market audience, the US viewer. With SHAHID joining forces with DISH and Sling TV, I foresee an unprecedented market penetration among the Arab community in the US.”

SHAHID offers a wide collection of popular Arabic series on different genres, as well as classic and blockbuster Arabic movies to their viewers, and is the leading VOD Service in North Africa (MENA) and Middle East. This Video On Demand service is easy to use and the users can use it across different operating systems and devices.

Dish Network subscribers who have opted for Arabic Elite Super pack and Sling TV subscribers who are currently using Arabic Mosaic package can access this Video On Demand service by using their log in credentials. Sling and Dish Network subscribers will also be able to access SHAHID from whenever and wherever they want through laptops, tablets, Android devices, iOS devices, and many more.

Dish Network is also offering an opportunity to the US subscribers, who have not yet subscribed to both Sling and Dish Network, by offering a standalone access to SHAHID’s offering through Sling TV at an affordable price of $10 per month.

17 Oct

Top Five Shows On Sling TV In October

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Most Viewed Series

Dish Network’s Sling TV has been attracting more customers through their amazing offerings. Sling has an abundant collection of popular TV shows, blockbuster movies, and many other entertaining contents. Here are five popular TV shows available to Sling TV subscribers in October.

America Divided

The executive producers of this eight part TV miniseries are Norman Lear and Shonda Rhimes. Each episode of America Divided focuses on issues such as inequalities in healthcare, labor, education, housing, political system, and criminal justice, as well as discuses tips and suggestions on how to eliminate these issues. Zach Galifianakis, Rosario Dawson, Amy Poehler, and Peter Sarsgaard are some of the common celebrities who have appeared in this TV series.

The Exorcist

This scary horror-thriller show is based on the popular 1971 novel written by William Blatty. The storyline moves around the life and works of a priest, who performs exorcism on evil demonic spirits. This series is one of the best horror shows in the history of television and is a must-watch for horror film lovers. The main cast members of The Exorcist are Ben Daniels, Alfonso Herrera, Hannah Kasulka, and Geena Davis.

Killing Reagan

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Top Rated Series

This drama series is directed by Rod Lurie and is co-written by Eric Simonson and Bill O’Reily. This series is a screen adaptation of a bestselling book that goes by the same name. The creators of this show take us back to 1981 and give a glimpse at the assassination attempt of Ronald Reagan, who was the president of U.S.A during 1981. The main cast members of Killing Reagan are Cynthia Nixon, Joe Chrest, Tim Matheson, Joel Murray, and Gary Weeks.

Westworld

This Sci-Fi western drama TV show is actually inspired from the 1973 film of the same name. The story of Westworld revolves around a futuristic theme park, which is populated by artificial living beings. Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy are the creators of this engaging show, which has attracted many viewers since its premiere. The main cast members of Westworld are Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Luke Hemsworth, and Thandie Newton.

Gotham

Bruno Heller brings us the story about the city of Gotham, where Bruce Wayne is just a kid. This DC comic book inspired series is centered on Detective James Gordon and his attempts to make this crime-ridden city into a peaceful one. The show creatively shows the terrors and dangers a dedicated police officer has to encounter during the service. Ben McKenzie, Camren Bicondova, Sean Pertwee, Morena Baccarin, and David Mazouz are the leading cast members of Gotham.

06 Oct

DC Superheroes Return To Dish Network This Fall

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DC Superhero Shows

This fall will be full of both returning and new TV shows. Dish Network offers an abundant collection of TV shows on different genres such as action, adventure, romance, comedy, sci-fi, and a lot more, to their subscribers. Many fan favorite TV shows such as Arrow, Big Bang Theory, and The Flash will be returning to Dish Network this fall.

CW is one of the leading channels, which offer quality programming and thrilling TV shows to their viewers. Moreover, CW Network is home to DC comic superhero TV series such as the Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, and Arrow. In addition to this, CW has also acquired the rights to broadcast the second season of Supergirl.

CW has also announced that there will be a 3-hour major crossover between the four DC superhero shows. Rumors from several sources indicate that this crossover will show the effects of Flashpoint.  The CW Network has also released a 5-minute promotional video on their YouTube called Fight Club 2.0, which features DC superheroes from all of the four TV shows.

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DC Superheroes

The crossover episode[s] are expected to be broadcasted by the end of January, 2017. However, show creators have also hinted about a musical crossover between The Flash and Supergirl in this fall. According to one of the show creators, Greg Berlanti, “You really are trying to run a single production across three different productions. But they’re run as three separate entities. We have to figure out when we’re borrowing one actor from where.”

“We’re telling one cohesive story; Supergirl will participate, but the storyline doesn’t actively begin there. There are some characters who show up in her episode, but the story begins with The Flash episode and goes to Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow,” Berlanti added.

“We’re just getting into designing the bad guy for it, and we start now but it doesn’t air until the end of November. We will put a lot of time between now and then figuring out visual effects sequences. Just today I was holding the three scripts back-to-back – that’s 180 pages of material. It’s a three-hour story, almost a miniseries.”

29 Sep

Popular Channels Offered On America’s Top 120+ Package

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America’s Top 120+ Package

Dish Network offers the best and most popular channels that broadcast quality programs to the subscribers. As there are many packages offered by the satellite TV provider, it would be better to take a look at what each of the Dish Network packages has to offer. Let us take a brief peek on the popular channels offered by Dish Network in their America’s Top 120+ package.

FOX Sports 1

FOX Sports 1 is undoubtedly one of the best sports channels offered by Dish Network. This exceptional sports channel brings the exclusive coverage of entertaining and thrilling sports events such as MLB, NHRA, UFC, college football, world-class soccer, college basketball, and a lot more.

In addition to this FOX Sports 1 also broadcasts excellent studio shows, which include Speak For Yourself, The Herd, Garbage Time with Katie Nolan, and FOX Sports Live. FOX Sports 1 is available on channel no. 125 on your Dish Network channel guide.

National Geographic Channel

National Geographic Channel is a unique channel that offers excellent reality, science, documentary, and outdoor programs. This channel is exclusively dedicated to adventure lovers. The amazing programs broadcasted in this channel tell the tragedies and triumphs of many human endeavors.

Real and authentic programs are depicted in an exciting and thrilling manner and it will easily make the viewer engaged. Some of the famous programs aired on this channel are Alaska State Troopers, Life Below Zero, Underworld, Yukon Gold, and Brain Games. Dish subscribers can access National Geographic Channel on channel number 186.

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Popular Channels

FXX

FXX is an exciting entertainment channel that offers plenty of different TV shows in different genres, popular and latest blockbuster movies, and a lot more to the subscribers. Both original and acquired TV shows are available on this channel.

In addition to that, the entire 27-season episodes of popular TV show “The Simpsons” is also aired on FXX. Other popular programs featured on this channel are Raising Hope, Parks and Recreation, In Living Color, and Mad About You. FXX channel is available to Dish customers on channel number 125.

Big Ten Network

Exciting and thrilling sports events, which include basketball, football, championship events, and a lot more from all the 14 Big Ten Conference Universities, are available on this sports channel. In addition to that, expert and detailed studio analysis on games, and many other original programs are also aired on Big Ten Network.

The popular programs featured on this channel are BTN Football in 60, BTN Live, and B1G Finale. This channel is available on either channel number 405 or on channel number 410 on your Dish Network channel guide.

26 Sep

Dish Demonstrates Hopper 3, Hopper Go, And Dish Anywhere At CEDIA Expo

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Dish Network had a booth at the CEDIA Expo 2016, and they demonstrated their Hopper 3, Hopper Go, and Dish Anywhere Mobile DVRs at the expo. Anyone who is looking to become a Dish dealer can have their chance to do so, as Dish Network is welcoming dealerships.

The clients can also have the new CI BUYER sales program, which is designed to suit the privacy minded ones. With this program, clients can prefer to have their custom integrator manage the activation of accounts, programming changes, and service appointments on their behalf.

Dish was promoting their Dish Anywhere at their booths. They were advising new dealers to take a look at their mobile solution Dish Anywhere, as they believe that it is the most highly integrated mobile entertainment platform currently available in the market.

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Besides that, they also offered many courses to the dealers, one of which was the Sell DISH-Delight Clients training. This course offered dealers an overview of the various products offered by Dish Network, reviews on install configuration, and highlights of the dealer sales program.

Dish also hosted a cocktail hour before the CEDIA Awards celebration at Gilley’s. They also offered special gifts for the first five hundred guests at the event. When asked about the one thing that Dish offers and their competitors do not, Dish Spokesperson said that only Dish allows the users to take their DVR with them, which clearly is about the new HopperGO DVR.

The new Hopper Go DVR has a memory of 64 GB, has a rechargeable battery to power up the device on the go, and is capable of storing hundred hours of video content. The device has up to four hours of playback on a single charge and it is expected that the device will redefine the meaning of mobility.

25 Sep

Sling TV Offers 18-Hour Free Preview For Their Subscribers

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Presidential Candidates Faceoff

Television viewers are in for a treat on Monday. Two major events will appear on your television screens from tomorrow, September 26, 2016. The first major event will be the faceoff between the two presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and they will engage in their first debate.

The second event is one of the most awaited NFL sports events of the year and it will feature Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints. Sling TV is looking to make the most with these major television events by giving their subscribers an 18-hour free preview on the same date.

In a statement, Roger Lynch, Sling TV CEO said, “Sling TV is synonymous with live television, and whether America craves pigskins or politics, these two events on Monday night represent the pinnacle of must-see-live TV. This preview is 100 percent free and gives all Americans the opportunity to watch the first Presidential debate and more, I can’t think of a better night to welcome new Sling TV viewers to experience our service.”

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Atlanta Falcons Vs. New Orleans Saints

This offer is available to both new and existing Sling TV subscribers. Sling TV has set up a special landing page for the streaming service. The subscribers, who wish to enjoy the 18-hour free preview from Sling TV, can sign up for the free service through this page.

In addition to these programs, Sling TV subscribers can also enjoy programs from other channels, which are included in Sling TV’s Sling Orange package during this free trial. Sling subscribers will have to sign up, in order to enjoy the 18-hour free preview. However, Sling TV has assured that the subscribers will not be charged for this free service.

Sling Orange was the only package offered by Dish Network’s Sling TV, when it was launched in the year 2014. Sling TV offered this package to the subscribers at an affordable rate of $20 per month and this package offered over 25 popular channels including Bloomberg Television, Comedy Central, AMC, CNN, and ESPN.

Sling Blue is another package offered by Sling TV and this package is available to the subscribers at $40 per month. The Sling Blue package allows subscribers to watch their favorite programs on multiple devices and it involves multi-stream support options. The 18-hour free preview will start at 08:00 a.m. ET on Monday and end by 02:00 a.m. ET the next day.

23 Sep

Betsy Francis Confirms AT&T’s Plans To Expand Their GigaPower Service

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GigaPower Service

The iPhone launch day was a dream come true for Betsy Francis who now holds the position of Vice President/General Manager of AT&T Mobility. Francis has done an extremely incredible job to reach this position from a wireless phone seller. She said, “It’s pretty crowded,” from AT&T’s Crossroads Cary retail location when asked about the iPhone launch day.

“This is a busy store for us anyway, so we have about 18 sales reps and everybody is busy. We’ve got a good rhythm. We’re pretty skilled at these launches now and we have a pretty good system for [managing] the traffic and keeping the hype up,” Francis said.

She also added that AT&T considers Triangle as a target market, as they are battling for a bigger bite of wireless business. This is the second time Francis is visiting the Triangle. She said that she is planning to spend at least one day per month at the Triangle.

Reports indicate that Francis is currently evaluating AT&T’s strategies in the Triangle region. She also admitted that Triangle is one of the major competitive markets for AT&T, as other major companies are investing heavily in Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh areas.

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AT&T’s Latest Plans

“We want to lead in wireless and entertainment and, in order to do so, we need to be properly positioned with our distribution channels. We have a whole strategy around rationalizing the distribution in the Triangle, to make sure everywhere customers live, work and play that we’re present, where customers can experience our products,” she said.

Francis further added that they might expand into new retail locations in the near future. “There’s a tremendous amount of growth here. There’s so much growth in apartments, in single-family homes,” she said, while looking at the construction sites at this region.

Francis also stated that AT&T is planning to expand their high-speed Internet service, popularly known as GigaPower in these regions. GigaPower service from AT&T began at Triangle in the year 2014 and gradually expanded to Charlotte by the year 2015.

She also ensured that GigaPower service expansion would continue to prevail despite the increased market pressure. “This is a very important market for us, so we’ll keep up with where the trends are going.”

21 Sep

Why Is Dish Network Making Their Investments In Sports Rights For Sling TV?

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PAC-12 Network

Recently, Sling TV of Dish Network signed an agreement with regional college sports networks of NCAA Pacific 12 conference (PAC-12). Under the new agreement made, all the six PAC 12 networks will offer about 800 sports events and these events can be viewed on Sling TV from any location.

Dish Network has faced a great subscriber loss earlier this year, as many users are cutting the cord and are moving on to streaming services. With Sling, Dish is now looking to attract those internet TV users who do not subscribe to pay TV.

Sports programming can be a key attraction to users, but can increase subscriber churns as well, as users tend to disconnect the service after watching their favorite sporting season. Sling TV is targeting new users with their latest marketing campaigns, offering access to many popular sporting events and they believe that this will help to reduce subscriber churns and increase subscriber loyalty in long run.

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Sling TV Blue

As the streaming TV market is becoming very much competitive, it is very important for Sling TV to invest in popular content that appeal to young users. In addition, Sling TV is introduced to attract the cord cutters and cord nevers who are not willing to pay high charges for cable. With their latest deal with the PAC-12 network, Sling TV plans to become the go to place for the fans of college sports.

Sling TV has made it possible for the viewers to watch the action at a fraction of Pay-TV charges. This is obviously a great strategy that can draw youngsters to Sling TV services.

Streaming TV is popular among sports fans who wish to watch the action in a social set up. With social media networks like Facebook and Twitter planning to stream live sports events, users are getting a chance to move on to the next generation in sporting experience.

Above all, these offerings are very much cheaper than the traditional pay TV subscriptions. Sling is simply trying to take advantage of the trend by increasing sports content in their service.

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