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Dish Unveils Internet Pay-TV Service, Sling TV, Starting at $20 per Month

Sling TV provides an option between full-blown subscription TV and VOD services like Netflix or Hulu Plus, [CEO Roger Lynch,Sling TV] said. At a baseline $20 per month, it’s far less expensive than the average monthly pay-TV bill, which hit $92.61 in 2014, according to research firm SNL Kagan.

Unlike traditional cable or satellite TV, Sling TV will not include a proprietary set-top box. Instead, the service is available across a range of Internet-connected devices. Those include Roku’s set-top, HDMI adapter and Roku TVs; Amazon’s Fire TV box and Fire TV Stick; Google Nexus Player; LG Electronics’ smart TVs; select Samsung Smart TVs; Microsoft’s Xbox One; Macs and PCs; and smartphones and tablets running Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems. – Todd Spangler, Variety

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Turner Networks, Including CNN, Return To Dish Network

The companies just made the terse announcement that they have “mutually decided to restore service of CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, truTV, Turner Classic Movies: TCM, HLN, CNN en Español and Boomerang, and extend the carriage of TBS and TNT” — but will have no “further comment.” That leaves unanswered the question of whether they have a deal yet. Also unknown is whether Turner’s channels will join Disney, Scripps Networks Interactive, and A&E on Dish’s streaming video service, which Chairman Charlie Ergen says he expects to launch before year end. […] Turner said it was mystified and disappointed by Ergen’s attacks “particularly given the fact that Dish agreed to our rates and carriage proposals” and the programmer was “supportive of the Dish OTT effort and had found common ground on the major issues there. While there were clearly deal points to get done, they were not the type you would usually go dark over.” – David Lieberman,Deadline Hollywood 
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The Other Reason the TV Guys Are Moving to the Web

Adding an “over the top” service — one that uses a Web connection instead of a cable box — gives TV networks more buyers, which gives them more leverage. And they’ll try to use that leverage to get concessions from pay TV distributors, so the networks can improve their existing businesses, even as they build out new ones. Some of the TV networks that are heading to the Web will even say this out loud. “Just the threat of going [over the top] gives us added leverage” HBO CEO Richard Plepler said on Wednesday, at the investors conference where he announced his plans to sell HBO on the Web. […] You can look at ESPN’s plan to sell its programming on a low-cost Web service from Dish Network in the same light. Like HBO, ESPN believes it can use the Web to acquire customers — mostly millennials — who don’t have pay TV. – Peter Kafka,Re/code
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Looks like web TV is going to be as expensive as cable — unless you use an antenna

Dish’s internet TV service, which is likely going to be called Nutv, may not be that much cheaper — at least not if you want access to local channels as well. Dish is looking to offer broadcast channels like ABC and NBC for an extra fee on top of the basic subscription price, according to a Variety report. Breaking out broadcast channels as a separate tier could help Dish to still cater to price-conscious consumers willing to go the extra mile: The company may offer cable channels like Comedy Central as part of its streaming service, and ask consumers to instead get an antenna capable of receiving broadcast channels like NBC for free if they don’t want to pay extra for these local channels. Dish has already struck deals with Disney, A&E Network and Scripps Networks Interactive, and is reportedly targeting a monthly subscription fee of $30 or less. – Janko Roettgers,Gigaom
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Dish Plans to Charge Internet TV Subs Extra for Live Local Broadcast Channels: Sources

Dish Network, which is assembling one of the first Internet-delivered pay-TV services in the U.S., is planning to offer local broadcast TV networks to subscribers of the over-the-top service as a separate, premium-priced tier, according to industry sources. […] So far, Dish has inked deals with Disney, covering linear and video-on-demand content from ABC-owned broadcast stations, ABC Family, Disney Channel, ESPN and ESPN2, along with cable nets from A&E Network and Scripps Networks Interactive. […] The satellite TV operator has rights to distribute live and on-demand content from ABC, including the Alphabet’s eight owned-and-operated local TV stations. But those ABC stations — as well as other local TV channels — may not be included in the baseline price of Dish’s OTT services. […] At this point, the satscater has not reached deals with CBS, NBC or FOX. Meanwhile, Dish has other challenges in its move to go over the top: Per its Disney deal for ESPN, ABC and the other nets, it’s limited to a single video stream per household, while the A+E and Scripps pacts allow for multistream access. – Todd Spangler,Variety
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Dish Adds Food Network, HGTV and Other Scripps Cable Nets to Internet TV Lineup

Dish Network is another step closer to launching a cheaper over-the-top TV service, obtaining rights to deliver live and on-demand content […] Dish negotiated the OTT rights under a multiyear contract renewal with Scripps Networks Interactive covering the programmer’s HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and Great American Country channels. – Todd Spangler,Variety
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Dish’s internet TV service likely to be called Nutv

Dish’s internet TV service, which the company plans to launch before the end of the year, is likely going to be called @Nutv. […] The Nutv brand has also surfaced in conjunction with one of Dish Digital’s existing apps, suggesting that the app may be used for the new service as well. Dish plans to launch the service with a smaller bundle of TV networks, and has so far been able to sign deals with A+E Networks as well as Disney. A Dish executive recently said that the company plans to target “cord cutters, cord nevers and… cord haters” with the service. – Janko Roettgers,Gigaom
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