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HDNet, AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media, and CAA Establish Joint Venture to Rebrand HDNet as AXS TV

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 19 2012, 4:02am

AXS TVAEG, Ryan Seacrest Media, and Creative Artists Agency (CAA) today announced a joint venture that will rebrand HDNet/HDNet Canada to launch AXS TV (pronounced: access). Scheduled to debut this summer, AXS TV will leverage the global reach and portfolio of content opportunities of its partners to create live entertainment and lifestyle programming. Capitalizing on AEG's unrivaled presence in live events and affiliation with more than 100 of the industry's pre-eminent venues worldwide, AXS TV will provide viewers with exclusive behind-the-scenes access to live concerts and music festivals, red carpet premieres, award shows, parties, pop culture events, and in-depth interviews with the people and artists who make live entertainment so uniquely fascinating.

HDNet's signature programming including HDNet Fights, Inside MMA, award-winning Dan Rather Report ...

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Samsung Announces Set-Top "Boxless" Viewing in all 2012 Smart TVs

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 11 2012, 2:47am

Today at the 2012 International CES, DIRECTV and Samsung Electronics Co, Ltd. unveiled their plans to offer DIRECTV's more than 19.7 million customers the ability to watch live broadcast and stored content from a compatible DIRECTV DVR on Samsung's 2012 line of Smart TVs without the need for additional set-top boxes. This newly enabled feature will also provide the same seamless user experience and replicate the full User Interface (UI) of a DIRECTV DVR set top box. Installers and homeowners alike will benefit from the ability to mount the TV without having to worry about locating an additional set top box.

As founding members of the RVU Alliance, Samsung and DIRECTV are committed to providing...

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DISH Introduces Hopper and Joey -- Next Generation Whole-Home HD DVR Entertainment System

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2012, 5:10am

DISH Network L.L.C., the nation's third largest pay TV provider, today introduced a whole-home high definition DVR entertainment system featuring the award-winning Hopper™ and Joey™.

The Hopper HD DVR and accompanying small Joey set-top boxes create a whole-home HD DVR entertainment system that lets DISH customers easily record, pause, and play back shows from any room in the home. While most whole-home DVRs do not have...

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #504: New ways to watch TV

By The HT Guys • Nov 11 2011, 8:37am

Going way back in the history of watching TV at home, we all used to have antennas so we could watch over the air broadcasts. Eventually Cable TV service emerged and changed the way we would get our favorite shows at home. Then came Satellite, then IPTV and we were in heaven. Fast forward a few years and prices for TV service have constantly skyrocketed, leading us all to become frustrated at the lack of options. But there may be a way out.

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DISH Network Introduces Blockbuster Movie Pass, Featuring First Subscription Streaming Movie Service Bundle in Pay TV Industry

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 26 2011, 12:54am

DISH Network L.L.C. and Blockbuster L.L.C. announced today Blockbuster Movie Pass, the most comprehensive TV entertainment programming package ever delivered by a multichannel pay TV provider.

Beginning Oct. 1, 2011, Blockbuster Movie Pass is available for DISH Network customers, starting at...

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HDTV Almanac - DISH on the Road

By Alfred Poor • Aug 30 2011, 1:00pm

Satellite TV subscriptions are great, especially if you live out past where the sidewalks end, beyond the reach of cable services. But it’s not so great when you want to go somewhere else. You can’t exactly bring down your dish antenna and take it with you. At least you couldn’t until now. DISH Network is [...]

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HDTV Almanac - NFL on PS3: It’s More than Just Madden

By Alfred Poor • Aug 24 2011, 1:00pm

Okay, here’s how I see it. Online streaming content has been the poor step-child of the broadcast networks, movie studios, and other content distributors. All the good stuff goes to the cable and satellite services, and the crumbs fall to the online sites. But streaming is managing to post some impressive growth and revenue figures, [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Pay TV Services Lose 0.5 Million Subs

By Alfred Poor • Aug 10 2011, 1:00pm

Are people unhappy with their pay TV subscriptions? Is the bad economy wiping out the money that people are willing to spend on television entertainment? According to the second quarter earnings reports, the cable and satellite television services lost a net of 553,000 subscribers in the second quarter of this year. Only DirecTV picked up [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Netflix Hurts Subscription TV

By Alfred Poor • Jun 14 2011, 1:00pm

This should not come as much of a surprise, but The Diffusion Group (TDG) has done the legwork to back it up. People who stream video content from Netflix over the Internet are twice as likely to cut back on their cable or satellite service than they were a year ago. According to a [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Satellite Shouldn’t Count

By Alfred Poor • Jun 2 2011, 1:00pm

I was sitting in a restaurant lounge the other day, waiting for a take-out order to be prepared, and I was watching a sports channel on their flat screen televisions. Actually, I mostly watched text images that announced that the signal had been lost (which was probably caused by the massive thunderstorm that was going [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #480: What is RVU?

By The HT Guys • May 27 2011, 4:38am

DirecTV recently began testing what they’re calling a new “media center” that will allow customers to watch live and DVR recorded programming on any TV in the house without the need for a set-top box in each room. This new media center is built on a technology called RVU. But what exactly is RVU? There’s an RVU Alliance, but what do they do? What does “RVU” even mean?

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HDTV Almanac - TiVo and DISH Bury the Hatchet

By Alfred Poor • May 3 2011, 1:00pm

TiVo was one of the first two companies to come out with digital video recorders (DVR) and the one to eventually dominate the market and kill off the video cassette recorders (VCR). (They will not be missed!) But then the consumers rapidly shifted from over-the-air television to subscription service with cable or satellite. TiVo deftly [...]

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HDTV Almanac - EPIX Multi-Screen Strategy

By Alfred Poor • Apr 29 2011, 1:00pm

EPIX is a a movie channel for subscription TV services including cable, satellite, and telco (such as Verizon’s FiOS). It boasts recent releases from major studios, including Paramount, Lionsgate, and MGM. But you aren’t just limited to watching the movies and other programming on your TV service when they are scheduled; EPIX is also a [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Storefronts for Satellite TV?

By Alfred Poor • Apr 13 2011, 1:00pm

Last week, DISH Network successfully outbid others to buy the assets of bankrupt Blockbuster for about $320 million. (The company reportedly owes its creditors more than $1 billion.) Does DISH intend to go into the DVD rental business?
It’s not likely. Already, it appears that the company will continue to close many of the remaining Blockbuster [...]

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HDTV Expert - Blockbuster And Dish Network: A Marriage Made In Bankruptcy Court

By Pete Putman • Apr 6 2011, 3:55pm

Surprise! Blockbuster has been saved from an ignonimous ending by – Charlie Ergen?

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HDTV Almanac - More Retransmission Woes

By Alfred Poor • Mar 23 2011, 1:00pm

LIN Media blacked out programming on 27 stations in 17 markets for a total of eight days during a fee dispute with DISH Network. According to a release by the American Cable Association (ACA), the Univision affiliate WUNI in Providence RI has been blacked out on the local Full Channel TV cable system for 30 [...]

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DIRECTV Continues 3D Leadership with Exclusive Full-Length 3D Opera and Even More Hollywood Movies in 3D This Spring

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 3 2011, 4:00am

3D is in full bloom on DIRECTV this spring with a colorful variety of new programming to choose from, including the exclusive, U.S. broadcast of the full-length 3D opera, Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia, directed by acclaimed British filmmaker, Mike Figgis, and several 3D Hollywood movies – all available on the DIRECTV CINEMA platform. DIRECTV offers more 3D programming than any other television provider in the country.

Told through the visionary directorial style of...

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HDTV Almanac - 3DTV on DirecTV

By Alfred Poor • Feb 14 2011, 1:00pm

Last night, “3net” was scheduled to debut on DirecTV. (I can’t confirm that it did, because I don’t get DirecTV and I don’t have a 3DTV to test it with anyway.) This collaboration with Sony, Discovery, and IMAX will broadcast 3D programming 24/7, which is pretty cool. And the network has promised to premier new [...]

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HDTV Almanac - DirecTV Raises Rates

By Alfred Poor • Dec 29 2010, 1:00pm

The number one complaint about cable companies appears to be the increased subscription fees with no change in the service. The DirecTV satellite service is following in a similar trajectory. The company just announced a 4% rate increase, effective February 10. This is similar to a rate increase that they announced a year ago.
According to [...]

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DISH Network Rolls Out 3D Movie Selections

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 16 2010, 10:31pm

DISH Network L.L.C., today announced the rollout of multiple 3D movies available from DISH Cinema On Demand.

Beginning this month, DISH Network is giving customers access to a variety of 3D movies including "Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore," "The Last Airbender," "A Christmas Carol" and "Step Up 3D." Additional titles coming in January include "Despicable Me," "Shrek Forever After," and "Saw: The Final Chapter." These movies will be delivered in up to 1080p resolution.

To celebrate the introduction of 3D programming...