Light Reading

Dish Kindles TV Everywhere Flame

Alan Breznick

Just a couple of days after signing a landmark multiscreen streaming pact with Disney, Dish Network has added another video screen to the roster of portable devices that it can serve.

Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH), the third-largest US pay-TV provider with nearly 14.1 million satellite TV subscribers, has rolled out a TV Everywhere app for Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN)'s popular Kindle Fire HDX tablets. The "Dish Anywhere" app allows Dish customers with its Hopper service and Sling DVRs to stream live TV shows and movies, recorded programming, and video-on-demand content from their DVRs to their tablets for viewing both inside and outside the home.

Previously, Dish offered the TV Everywhere app for Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s iPhone and iPad and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s Android-powered smartphones and tablets. At the Consumer Electronics Show in January, the company announced the integration of the Hopper Transfers feature with its Dish Anywhere app, enabling customers to sling content from their DVRs to their mobile devices even when no Internet connections are available.

With the move, Dish thus becomes the third major US pay-TV provider, and the first satellite TV operator, to serve the Kindle Fire tablets. Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) started the trend in 2012 and Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) joined the Kindle club in December. Other major MSOs, telcos, and DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) are all likely to follow suit.

Like Dish, most pay-TV providers began their multiscreen push gingerly by focusing on Apple's highly popular iPad and iPhone devices. But now, with Android smartphones and tablets, video-game consoles, Kindle Fire tablets, and other mobile devices making a big dent in the multiscreen market as well, they have started spreading the wealth around.

For example, TWC now streams live and recorded programming to seven different video platforms -- Apple's iOS devices, Google's Android devices, PCs, Macs, Roku Inc. 's streaming media boxes, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT)'s Xbox 360 consoles, and Amazon's Kindle Fires. As a result, the US's second-largest MSO boasted in a jolly pre-Christmas blog that it now has "nearly as many platforms for delivering quality content as Santa has reindeer." (See TW Cable Says: Just Keep Streaming.)

The expansion of its roster of mobile devices will make it easier for Dish to launch its much-anticipated over-the-top (OTT) video service with the Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) and other major programmers. The satellite TV provider took a huge step in that direction earlier this week by signing a sweeping pact with Disney that will allow Dish to become the first US pay-TV provider to stream ESPN, Disney Channel, ABC, ABC Family, and other popular Disney-owned networks to mobile devices inside and outside the home. (See No Mickey Mouse Deal for Dish.)

Still to be determined, however, is the economic model for delivering such an OTT service to consumers. Service and content providers are continuing to haggle over that economic model and how the potential revenues would get split. That will be one of the biggest issues to watch over the rest of the year

— Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading

(5)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
User Rank: Light Sabre
3/7/2014 | 12:59:54 PM
Re: disg
@Phil-Britt very likely.
User Rank: Light Sabre
3/7/2014 | 12:55:46 PM
Re: disg
Thr monetary split issue is similar to the carriage issue. Who pays fees, how much gets passed along to the end customer and the split of profits will continue to remain contentious issues for the foreseeable future.
Mitch Wagner
Mitch Wagner,
User Rank: Lightning
3/6/2014 | 7:26:19 PM
Re: Astounding pace of change
This is exciting and has the potential to be disruptive for an industry in which entrenched players are protected. 
Carol Wilson
Carol Wilson,
User Rank: Blogger
3/6/2014 | 4:14:08 PM
Astounding pace of change
The commercial video services market seems to be changing daily - it's hard to imagine how the business model keeps up. 
User Rank: Light Sabre
3/6/2014 | 2:14:33 PM
"Service and content providers are continuing to haggle over that economic model and how the potential revenues would get split. " Yes, I could see that being quite an issue.
From The Founder
The comms industry is rallying to the cause of open, independent interoperability testing.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
CLOUD / MANAGED SERVICES: Prepping Ethernet for the Cloud
Moderator: Ray LeMaistre Panelists: Jeremy Bye, Leonard Sheahan
LRTV Interviews
AT&T's Chiosi on the Potential of Open Source

10|6|15   |   06:27   |   (0) comments

AT&T Distinguished Network Architect Margaret T. Chiosi talks to Light Reading's Carol Wilson about the potential for open source technology to liberate communications service providers.
LRTV Interviews
Network Security in a Gigabit World

10|6|15   |   05:52   |   (0) comments

Masergy's James Harrison talks about some of the network security and data center issues network operators need to consider as they expand their broadband services portfolios.
LRTV Documentaries
Telefónica: In Search of Virtual Simplicity

10|5|15   |   07:30   |   (0) comments

Francisco-Javier Ramon Salguero, head of Telefónica's NFV initiative, admits virtualization initially means greater complexity, but with the right abstraction layer, it is possible to create a services-driven network architecture. He explains how Telefónica's current trials and initiatives are aimed at doing that, and what his company and other carriers need to ...
LRTV Interviews
Gigabit Europe Takeaways

10|5|15   |   03:47   |   (0) comments

Participants from the inaugural Gigabit Europe event in Munich share their key takeaways from the conference.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
Intel Urges Women to Take Advantage of Their Seat at the Table

10|5|15   |   4:27   |   (1) comment

Have inclusive and constructive conversations, attach a bigger meaning to your work and get involved in the cause, Intel's Monique Hayward advises women in comms.
LRTV Interviews
BT Updates on Plans

10|2|15   |   03:16   |   (2) comments

Peter Bell, CIO at Openreach, the access network division at UK incumbent BT, provides an update on the operator's trials and how Openreach is planning to deploy the broadband technology in its street cabinets.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Sonus Shakes Up SD-WAN

10|2|15   |   7:22   |   (0) comments

Sonus CTO Kevin Riley sat down with Light Reading to discuss the trajectory of the company, its SDN ambitions and why Sonus is taking a market-disruptive approve to SD-WAN.
LRTV Interviews
CityFibre's Gigabit Vision

10|1|15   |   03:18   |   (1) comment

Mark Collins, director of Strategy & Public Affairs at competitive UK city network operator CityFibre, talks about his company's plans to help build Gigabit Cities.
Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
Automate, Scale & Create With Juniper's vCPE Solution

10|1|15   |   6:34   |   (0) comments

Join Kireeti Kompella, Juniper Networks CTO, and Steve Saunders, Light Reading Founder and CEO, as they discuss Juniper Networks' approach to NFV showcased with a turnkey vCPE solution, which demonstrates how service providers can use automation to rapidly deploy services.
LRTV Interviews
Gigabit Europe: Day 1 Takeaways

9|29|15   |   05:47   |   (5) comments

Light Reading's Ray Le Maistre and Iain Morris sup a beer and discuss some of the key takeaways from the first day of Gigabit Europe 2015.
LRTV Interviews
Gigabit in Europe

9|29|15   |   04:24   |   (0) comments

At the Gigabit Europe 2015 event in Munich, Heavy Reading's Graham Finnie talks about the availability of gigabit broadband in Europe.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
AT&T's Band of Women

9|28|15   |   4:36   |   (0) comments

Brooks McCorcle, the president of AT&T's partner solutions divisions and a mathematician by trade, shares stats on AT&T's diversity and advice on how to create your own band of women at work.
Upcoming Live Events
October 14-15, 2015, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
November 5, 2015, Hilton Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA
November 17, 2015, Santa Clara, California
December 1, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
December 2, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
All Upcoming Live Events
Communication service providers realize that an ICT transformation is critical to their long-term survival, but most haven't yet committed to making it happen.
Hot Topics
Verizon's Go90 Is Live – Will Anyone Watch?
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 10/1/2015
Eurobites: Dunroamin'
Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, 10/2/2015
Sprint to Cut Up to $2.5B in 6 Months
Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 10/2/2015
McKinsey: Women Less Likely to Advance at Work
Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 10/1/2015
TiVo Takes Aim With Bolt
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 9/30/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
With so many new and exciting communications technologies now under development, it's easy to get caught up in the industry's escalating hype cycle. That's why the ...
Last week saw a big day in the 15-year history of Light Reading when Editor-in-Chief Ray Le Maistre and I were invited to interview the Deputy Chairman and Rotating ...
Cats with Phones
Hold My Calls, Indefinitely Click Here