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DOJ Approves $26.5B Deal. Now, a 'Disruptive Force in Wireless'

T-Mobile greenlit to take over Sprint, while Dish now enters the arena as 4th big wireless company

(Newser) - US regulators are approving T-Mobile's $26.5 billion takeover of rival Sprint, despite fears of higher prices and job cuts. Friday's approval by the Justice Department and five state attorneys general comes after Sprint and T-Mobile agreed to conditions that would set up satellite-TV provider Dish as a... More »

Colo. Court: Dish Can Fire Worker for Pot Use at Home

Even though marijuana is legal in that state, and even if it's medicinal

(Newser) - A Colorado quadriplegic who lost his Dish Network job for using marijuana outside of work for medical reasons lost his case in the state's highest court today. The Colorado Supreme Court ruled 6-0 that businesses can fire employees who violate their drug policies, even if that drug use is... More »

Dish May Merge With T-Mobile: 3 Reasons to Care

Purchase price hasn't been agreed upon

(Newser) - Today's merger rumblings: Dish Network and T-Mobile are in talks to merge, sources tell the Wall Street Journal . Though details, including a purchase price, have yet to be finalized, the companies agree that Dish CEO Charlie Ergen would be chairman of the combined company, while T-Mobile CEO John Legere... More »

Sports Nuts Score: You Can Now Stream ESPN

Dish Network to offer sports network, others with $20-a-month Sling TV

(Newser) - Sports fans who've been holding tight to their cable TV package so they never miss a game will soon have a new option in their playbook: Sling TV, Dish Network's new streaming-video service that will include ESPN, the Washington Post reports. The $20-a-month service, which was announced yesterday... More »

CBS, Dish End Blackout

Deal puts shows back on in big markets on after 12 hours

(Newser) - CBS and Dish Network have ended a contract dispute that led to a programming blackout in 18 local markets, including New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago. CBS had blocked Dish from carrying the local channels of CBS-owned TV stations for 12 hours yesterday because of the dispute. In a... More »

Last Blockbuster Store to Close in Months

Parent Dish Network shutting last 300 in US

(Newser) - About a decade ago, Blockbuster had 9,000 stores at a time when video streaming was more concept than reality. By early January, the last 300 remaining Blockbuster stores in the US will close for good, reports Mashable . Parent Dish Network will keep the Blockbuster name alive in its own... More »

Dish Offers Up $25.5B to Buy Sprint

...Even though SoftBank already has a deal to buy it

(Newser) - Dish Network wants to buy Sprint Nextel for $25.5 billion, the satellite TV company publicly declared today, in what the Wall Street Journal calls Dish's "most audacious attempt yet" to jump into the wireless business. The bid is unsolicited, which makes sense, given that Sprint already has... More »

38% of Remaining Blockbusters to Close

With 3K employees getting the ax

(Newser) - The latest news for Blockbuster is more of the same : Bad. Some 300 of the remaining 800 Blockbusters operating in the US are to be closed, Dish Network announced yesterday. That company acquired the floundering video-rental chain in 2011, and shuttered 500 stores last year. The latest round of closures... More »

CNET Reporter Quits Over Meddling CBS

Network forced review site to switch top gadget choice

(Newser) - A CNET reporter has left the tech review site after owner CBS stepped in to alter a story. When the CNET team picked a Dish Network product as the best home theater and audio item at the Consumer Electronics Show, CBS rejected the choice. That's because CBS is in... More »

Weird Math Fuels Great TV —for Now

TV's current 'golden age' may not last: Adam Davidson

(Newser) - The cable industry is raking it in: With NBC Universal and Viacom set to each score profit margins of around 50% this year, it's "arguably America's single-most-profitable big business," writes Adam Davidson in the New York Times —for now. The co-founder of NPR's "... More »

Glenn Beck Returns to Television Tonight

This time he's got his own channel

(Newser) - He's baaaaaack. Conservative talk show host and onetime Fox News darling Glenn Beck is returning to the television airwaves after about a year of trying his hand at Internet-only broadcasting, reports the New York TImes . He plans to make an announcement later today about a new partnership with Dish... More »

Dish Working on Nationwide Broadband: Report

Satellite technology has improved 'by an order of magnitude'

(Newser) - Dish Network is revamping its Internet offerings, with plans to unveil a nationwide high-speed broadband service late next month, sources tell Bloomberg . The service will be developed with sister company EchoStar, which wouldn't comment on the deal, but would say that recent satellite technology advances had made such a... More »

Dish TV Chief to Networks: Adapt or Die

Charlie Ergen defends ad skip feature, which infuriates networks

(Newser) - Networks need to develop more creative and targeted ads that viewers don't want to skip, or they risk being left in the digital dust, said the chairman and co-founder of Dish Network, America's No. 3 pay-TV distributor, reports the Wall Street Journal . In a rare interview, Charlie Ergen... More »

AMC, Dish Battle Gets Nasty

Dish retaliates after AMC goes public with disagreement

(Newser) - If you actually watched the commercials during Sunday night's Mad Men (instead of skipping them with your DVR like the rest of us), you saw the behind-the-scenes battle between AMC and Dish Network go nuclear. AMC aired a 16-second spot warning viewers that unless they intervened, Dish would drop... More »

Fox Refuses Ads for Service to, Well, Kill Ads

Dish Network's Hopper can automatically skip commercials

(Newser) - How awesome would it be if your DVR automatically skipped commercials on shows recorded off the major networks? Probably not very awesome if you were one of those same networks, which is why they're outraged over the Dish Network's upcoming "Hopper," which, Dish announced last week,... More »

Dish Network Scraps AMC Channels

Says too few people are watching, at least via cable

(Newser) - Dish Network is removing all four of AMC's cable channels because it says too few people are watching. Part of the problem, it says, is that the "very limited popular programming" on AMC is "available to our customers through multiple other outlets such as, iTunes,... More »

Sirius Seeks White Knight

Facing massive debt and under siege by a rival, company turns to Liberty Media for help

(Newser) - With $175 million in debt due Tuesday and an unwanted takeover in the offing, Sirius XM Radio is hoping for help from Liberty Media, reports the Wall Street Journal. The satellite radio company is more than $3.25 billion in debt and nearly cashless, yet remains steadfast in its efforts... More »

Sirius XM Prepares to File for Bankruptcy

(Newser) - Sirius XM is preparing to file for bankruptcy this week, the New York Times reports. The satellite radio company, which has more than $5 billion in assets and a stable of personalities such as Howard Stern, is working with financial advisers to prepare the Chapter 11 filing. The development could... More »

Saint John Still Tainted by Senate Murk

Ethics crusader is still no stranger to lobbying culture

(Newser) - With John McCain the presumptive Republican nominee, Democrats are rushing to expose chinks in the Arizona senator's saintly armor, Michael Scherer reports in Time. Though McCain talks tough about special interests, he has often appeared to have done their bidding. He once, for example, wrote a letter on behalf of... More »

TiVo Wins Patent Suit on Appeal

Court decides that DVRs violated 'time-shifting' patent

(Newser) - TiVo's share price soared after an appeals court ruled that EchoStar Holding and Dish Network had been illegally using TiVo's "time-warp" recording software, the Wall Street Journal reports. TiVo has been trying to expand its business beyond set-top box making and into licensing its technology, which lets users pause,... More »

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