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Sling TV rolls out improved UI features on Apple TV

First, the grid guide will now show you more information when you select a listing. The top of the screen will feature a photo preview as well as a description of that listing, and the listings themselves will be larger. Additionally, channel category filters will be accessible from the left side of the screen. Secondly, when you select a show, the series’ information view will now include images as well as information about other seasons that you can watch on Sling TV. – Mallory Locklear, Engadget https://engt.co/2F3r9OJ

Dish Taking Away Users’ Right To Sue Company In Court. Here’s How To Opt Out

photo: Brady O’Brien, Flickr

Over the weekend, a number of Consumerist readers wrote to us with the bad news that, like a growing number of companies, DISH Network is updating its terms of use to strip customers of their right to dispute legal claims in a court of law. There is a way for Dish subscribers to opt out of this restriction — but only if they do it right away. – Chris Morran, The Consumerist

Dish Network in Merger Talks With T-Mobile (Report)

Under the terms of the deal being proposed, Charlie Ergen, chief executive of DISH, would become chairman of the new company while John Legere. chief executive of T-Mobile, would serve as the company’s CEO, according to the report, which cited people familiar with the matter. […] If both Dish and T-Mobile and AT&T and DirecTV both merged successfully, the nation’s two biggest distributors of video content via satellite would both be assimilated under broader telecommunications companies. – Brian Steinberg, Variety 

Now streaming on Joey: Dish brings Netflix to more set-top boxes

Dish Network became the first pay-TV provider to integrate Netflix’s offering directly into its set-top box, the second-generation Hopper DVR, and now it’s expanding that partnership a step further. Yesterday, the satellite service provider announced it’s bringing Netflix to Joey receivers. […] In an unrelated move, Dish is planning an update to the Hopper that’ll see music video service Vevo join the Hopper’s growing list of applications (that’s also a “pay-TV first,” Dish notes). That grants users access to a free (but ad-supported) library of 140,000 HD music videos and 24/7 streaming pop, country, rap, and R&B channels. – Kyle Wiggers, Digital Trends 

Another Setback in Streaming: Sling TV Can’t Handle March Madness

Some hoops fans who signed up to get their live sports fix from Dish Network’s new Sling TV streaming service were disappointed Saturday night when they couldn’t view the NCAA Men’s Basketball Semifinals because of shoddy service. Sling TV seemingly couldn’t handle the number of viewers trying to watch the games, which points to one of the biggest obstacles facing streaming services: content distribution. […] In the past, a few hiccups in a streaming service were no big deal and only somewhat noteworthy. But as households cut the cord in favor of services such as Sling TV or the upcoming HBO Now, streaming reliability is coming more into focus and could impact a consumer’s decision on whether to ditch the cable company. – Adam Levy, The Motley Fool

HBO begins streaming on Sling TV today

HBO is set to cost $15 per month, on top of the $20 people are already paying for Sling TV’s basic channel package. Still, this has been the cord-cutter’s dream for some time, so we don’t expect to see too many complaints about it — plus, it’s not as if anyone expected HBO to be a part of the Sling TV starter pack, to begin with. – Edgar Alvarez, Engadget

SoundExchange Brings Second Lawsuit Ever, Alleging Streaming Services Abusing Grandfathered…

Muzak has been on the streaming train far before most similar services, first offering its catalog to Dish Network satellite television subscribers before the passing of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, which set the current statutory rates for royalties on digital streams. The “new” law set the minimum royalty rate at 15 percent, however Muzak and several other preexisting services were allowed to continue using their previous 8 percent rate under a grandfather clause. The lawsuit from SoundExchange contends that Muzak didn’t have the right to continue using that rate as it expanded to other platforms. – Ryan Book, Music Times 

Opening Day streaming is ‘out’ of the question for baseball fans

MLB announced a deal this week with Dish Network that could lead to in-market streaming — but the satellite pay-TV provider needs to reach separate deals with Fox-owned YES Network and SportsNet New York (SNY). […] or any other regional sports networks, known as RSNs — is not likely as RSNs are trying to win those rights from MLB, a source close to the situation said. […] Fox Sports, which owns 15 of the 30 RSNs that carry MLB games, and Comcast, which owns stakes in six, including SNY, are locked in tense negotiations with baseball over in-market streaming. – Josh Kosman, New York Post

Turner And HBO Secure Distribution Deals With Dish Network

Turner Broadcasting channels, except for TBS Network and TNT , went dark on Dish for a month beginning in late October as both sides blamed the other for the breakdown in negotiations to extend their carriage deal. Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen gave Turner an ultimatum that if it could not come to terms by the end of November, then Dish might “just make a long-term decision to go a different direction.” He called the loss of the channels– including CNN, Cartoon Network, and truTV — a “non-event” for Dish, specifically noting that channels such as CNN “are not quite the product that they used to be. – David Lieberman, Deadline Hollywood 
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