More dish-network Stories Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has sold off its $38 million stake in newspaper publisher Gannett Company and purchased $23 million worth of shares in the Dish Network, according to SEC filings. CNN Money notes that Berkshire Hathaway remains the largest outside shareholder in the Washington […] Read more at GigaOM »

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Cord cutting / cutting the cord
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With satellite carrier DirecTV reporting its first-ever net quarterly loss of subscribers, the Big Four pay TV services collectively lost 407,000 U.S. video customers in Q2. This was not offset by gains of 322,000 net video users reported by telco services AT&T U-Verse and Verizon FiOS. Read more »


As Variety first reported, Dish has quietly been rolling out a software upgrade to its new DVRs that puts the user more in control of the “AutoHop” commercial-skipping feature. Dish says the upgrade “enhances the user experience,” but it seems more legally motivated. Read more »


Viacom has its way of dealing with a carriage dispute, and AMC Networks apparently has a very different way. AMC says it’ll stream Sunday night’s anticipated fifth-season premiere of Breaking Bad for the nearly 14 million blacked-out Dish Network subscribers. Read more »


While the Viacom/DirecTV carriage dispute is commanding the bulk of attention Wednesday, several high-profile media analysts publicly advised Dish Network to end its own carriage war with AMC Networks, and to also bite the bullet and settle its expensive legal dispute with AMC over Voom HD. Read more »


With its channels now officially pulled off the programming guides of Dish’s 14 million U.S. subscribers, AMC gets straight to the point: This dispute has nothing to do with ratings or fees and everything to do with unrelated litigation, the programmer said Saturday night. Read more »

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Mark Cuban At NBA All Star Game 2010 (horizontal)
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How serious does Dish look about actually blacking out AMC channels? It just gave away AMC’s primo real estate to Mark Cuban’s HDNet and HDNet Movies. Yes, the No. 3 pay TV service is really ready to live without the most critically acclaimed shows on TV. Read more »


Broadcasters are hopping made at Dish Network and Charlie Ergen about their new commercial-deleting DVR feature. Some might look back on litigation with ReplayTV with some regret. Broadcasters failed to get the anti-commercial-skipping ruling they were seeking at the time. Read more »


Already locked into a carriage dispute that threatens to keep AMC’s ad-focused hit drama Mad Men away from its 14 million subscribers, Dish Network was taken to task by Sanford Bernstein analyst Craig Moffett for new commercial-skipping features in its “Hopper” set-top boxes. Read more »


Speaking to investors during Dish Network’s Q1 conference call Monday, Dish chairman Charlie Ergen said the reason his company hasn’t reached a carriage renewal agreement with AMC stems from the fact that the cable programmer has “devalued” its content through its streaming deals. Read more »


The once dying Blockbuster brand generated a profit of nearly $14 million in the first quarter for its new corporate parent, Dish Network, flourishing as a combination streaming/physical movie rental service. Still, Dish plans to close 100 more brick-and-mortar Blockbuster stores in Q2. Read more »

Blockbuster closing
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The Blockbuster brand emerged from the ashes of bankruptcy to have an impact on the bottom line of its new owner, Dish Network (NSDQ: DISH).… Read more »

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