Advanced Television


Data: US sheds 860,000+ pay-TV subs in Q3

The top 10 service providers in the US that provide figures collectively lost 862,800 television subscribers in the third quarter of 2020, according to the informitv Multiscreen Index. Eight of the top 10 services in the US lost

November 10, 2020

Intel supports DISH 5G buildout

US comms and pay-TV provider DISH and tech giant Intel are partnering to integrate Intel 5G infrastructure technology into DISH’s buildout of the nation’s first virtualised, open Radio Access Network (O-RAN) 5G network deployment. DISH has selected the Intel Xeon Scalable Processor, the Intel Ethernet 800 Series network adapter, the Intel vRAN Dedicated Accelerator ACC100 […]

November 2, 2020

DoJ thwarts Dish/DirecTV merger

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has ruled out any sort of merger between Charlie Ergen’s Dish Network and arch-rival AT&T’s DirecTV. The two pay-TV giants are both losing subscribers and a merger between them has long been mooted, not least by Ergen who has frequently said that a merger was inevitable. However, the New […]

October 16, 2020By Chris Forrester

Ergen creates Conx for telco acquisitions

Charlie Ergen has filed documents with the US Securities & Exchange Commission to create a public company called Conx. Ergen is using Conx as a SPAC (a Special Purpose Acquisition Company) as the shell vehicle for his move. Conx is offering 100 million shares (and possibly up to 115 million) at $10 each as part […]

October 5, 2020

DISH partners with Quantum Metric

Quantum Metric, the SaaS platform that helps organisations build digital products, and DISH, has formed a new partnership with US pay-TV network DISH to build innovative new product experiences driven by customer behaviours, intelligence, and input. Through this collaboration, Quantum Metric will help DISH analyse technical and behavioral indicators while creating optimised in-page analytics that […]

October 2, 2020

DISH chooses Nokia to build US 5G network

Nokia has announced that DISH Network has chosen Nokia’s cloud-native, standalone Core software products to help it build a fully-automated, cloud-native 5G network in the US with high-level scale, performance, and efficiency. The deal follows months of joint testing as Nokia and DISH proved their respective “any cloud” capabilities in multiple cloud environments, along with […]

September 14, 2020

NFL and DISH reach new multi-year agreement

NFL Media and DISH Network have announced that the two parties have reached a new carriage agreement for NFL Network and NFL RedZone in the US. Distribution of both networks was restored on DISH TV and Sling TV (as part of the Sling TV Blue package) in time for the first Sunday of the 2020 […]

September 14, 2020

AT&T looks to sell DirecTV

AT&T has hired investment bank Goldman Sachs to advise it on a sale of its DTH pay-TV operation DirecTV. AT&T bought DirecTV back in 2015 and – including the operator’s borrowings – paid some $67 billion overall ($49 billion plus debts). But the AT&T purchase happened with the rise and rise of rival content bouquets […]

September 1, 2020By Chris Forrester

DISH closes Boost Mobile deal

US pay-TV operator and wireless carrier DISH has completed its $1.4 billion (€1.24bn) acquisition of cellco Sprint’s prepaid brand Boost Mobile, officially entering the retail wireless market, serving more than nine million customers and advancing the build of what it says will be the nation’s first standalone 5G network. “Today, we are proud to welcome […]

July 2, 2020

Dish Network prices $1bn debt borrowing

Charlie Ergen’s move into cellular telephony is proving to be costly. A $1 billion debt offering of Senior Notes by Dish Network has been priced at 7.35 per cent. The debt is due for repayment by 2028. As a comparison last week SES offered a €400 million Eurobond, also due for repayment in 2028, and […]

June 29, 2020