A New York judge has decided not to issue a preliminary injunction against Dish's Hopper, allowing the ad-skipping digital video recording device to remain legal in the state.
The ruling, released Wednesday by US District Judge Laura Swain, denied ABC's request for the injunction, which would have put a temporary hold on the sale of the devices.
This is another win for Dish, which has been embroiled in multiple lawsuits with broadcast companies over its ad-skipping technology called AutoHop. In addition to ABC, CBS (the parent company of CNET), and other companies have filed separate suits against Dish … Read more
A federal appeals court Friday denied broadcaster 21st Century Fox's appeal to make Dish Network Corp.'s Hopper ad-skipping service temporarily unavailable to consumers.
At the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth District, a panel of the court denied Fox's request for an "en banc" rehearing, which means the entire bench of the Ninth Circuit court would rehear the case rather than the smaller panel. It also rejected another panel rehearing.
According to the opinion, the judges involved voted against the rehearing because the lower Los Angeles court's decision appropriately determined Fox failed … Read more
Pay-TV companies typically keep their technology close to the vest, but Dish is opening up its Hopper Whole-Home DVR to outside developers -- though it's limited to a select number of programmers and for second-screen apps only.
Second-screen apps allow a separate device to work in tandem with your television and the programming you're watching. It's different than, for example, a recent social app that Dish launched for Hopper. That app, called "Social," allows viewers to follow relevant posts and tweets or to comment about a show at the bottom on their TV screens.
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T-Mobile CEO John Legere said he'd be open to potential combinations with Dish Network or even rival Sprint.
"When I look at the medium to long term, I'm intrigued by Dish's vision," Legere told CNET in an interview Wednesday.
T-Mobile is in the midst of a comeback powered by its "Uncarrier" stance of ripping away old carrier conventions such as service contracts. The company today introduced a new program that would allow customers to upgrade their phones as frequently as twice a year.
Dish Network has been looking to buy both Sprint and … Read more
Sprint has jumped through the last hoop in its effort to buy the remaining stake in Clearwire.
On Monday, Clearwire shareholders approved a deal in which Sprint, which owns about 50 percent of the company, would buy the remaining shares of Clearwire for $5 a share. The companies said the deal is expected to close on Tuesday.
Clearwire offers a nationwide wireless broadband network using spectrum in the 2.5GHz band. Sprint, which had previously owned about 50 percent of the company, is the only customer that Clearwire has for its wholesale network business. The company also has a retail … Read more
Softbank's bid for Sprint Nextel has reportedly won the support it needs from the Federal Communications Commission, the last regulatory approval necessary to complete the $21.6 billion deal.
Two of three members of the FCC have signed off on the deal, sources familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. That approval reportedly extends to Sprint's buyout of mobile broadband provider Clearwire.
Sprint declined to comment. CNET has also contacted Softbank for comment and will update this report when we learn more.
Next time you're on a flight and the captain signals the OK to resume using your mobile device, you may be able to pull up free live TV, if you're on a Wi-Fi-equipped Southwest Airlines flight.
The carrier and Dish have joined up to offer passengers access to live TV and up to 75 on-demand shows on the airline's more than 400 Wi-Fi-enabled aircraft, more than two-thirds of the fleet.
Dish also provides TV service to Delta Air Lines, the country's biggest airline by total number of passengers, and Virgin America. But adding a mobile-device service … Read more
Dish Network said on Thursday that it was withdrawing its offer for Clearwire, ensuring that Clearwire will be acquired by Sprint Nextel.
Dish and Sprint were embroiled in a furious back and forth over the 4G wireless provider, but Sprint had taken control after raising its offer above Dish's own offer for a second time last week, winning the backing of major Clearwire shareholders.
Dish had sought to insert itself into what looked like a regular roll-up of Sprint and Clearwire by Japanese carrier SoftBank. Dish initially had its sights on Clearwire, which provides 4G wireless services to Sprint … Read more
Dish Network put the last nail in the coffin of its unsolicited bid for Sprint Nextel.
Earlier this week, the satellite TV provider said that it was dropping its effort to buy Sprint in order to focus on its acquisition of upstart wireless provider Clearwire. In a regulatory filing Friday, the company confirmed that it is walking away from its takeover efforts and said that it would redeem several senior notes because it no longer needed the funds for an acquisition.
The filing comes just a day after Sprint raised its offer to Clearwire, outbidding Dish and securing new terms … Read more