Comcast Corp. and NBCUniversal LLC are giving zeebox's entry to the U.S. market a big lift by making an undisclosed investment in the startup and becoming "strategic launch partners" for a company that develops second-screen companion apps, including interactive advertising and social networking, that synchs tablets, smartphones and other connected devices to live TV programming. Time Warner Inc.-owned premium programmers HBO and Cinemax are also on board with zeebox, which launched in the U.K. in 2011.
Dish Network Corp. will soon start selling a new satellite broadband service targeted to rural areas under the DishNET brand that will offer downstream speeds of either 5 Mbit/s or 10 Mbit/s along with a 1 Mbit/s upsteam, reports Multichannel News. Dish will start taking orders for the service, offered in partnership with ViaSat Inc. and Hughes Network Systems Inc. and subject to usage caps, on Oct. 1.
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