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Dish to Stream After Netflix

Welcome to the cable news roundup, Hump-Day edition.

  • With Blockbuster Inc. firmly in-hand, Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) now believes it has the pieces in place to take a run at Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX)'s video streaming service.

    "Everybody's enamored with Netflix. Who's to say we can't do the same thing?" new Dish President and CEO Joe Clayton asked The Los Angeles Times, pointing to Dish's access to studios and a large movie library. That represents a bit of an about-face regarding Dish's Blockbuster strategy. In May, Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen lamented that Netflix's lead was almost insurmountable. (See Dish Can't Match Netflix.)

  • Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) is reportedly close to launching iTunes Replay, a version of the service that would let users re-download content (perhaps up to five times) and potentially stream purchased content to multiple devices. The move would expand the competitive battlefield for the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem LLC (DECE) -led UltraViolet effort and other emerging electronic sell-through services. (See UltraViolet Opens Its Digital Locker and Consortium Labels Its TV Everywhere Locker.)

  • A California federal judge has ordered the shutdown of Zediva, a startup that lets customers "rent" movie titles for private use by streaming them over the Internet. The MPAA sought the preliminary injunction, claiming Zediva's approach was akin to an unauthorized public video-on-demand service. Zediva plans to appeal.

  • Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) has extended the contract of CEO Glenn Britt, ensuring that he'll remain on board through at least the end of 2013. His latest deal includes a minimum base salary of $1.25 million, plus bonuses. In 2010, he took home more than $17 million, according to Forbes.

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

  • Russo0 12/5/2012 | 4:57:16 PM
    re: Dish to Stream After Netflix

    Dish can't beat Netflix just by tryting offer a similar service or tryyuing to be a little better.   They need to be different (in some way that's important to the market).

    Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 4:57:15 PM
    re: Dish to Stream After Netflix

    Makes me wonder if they'll try to buy customers by undercutting Netflix on price on the streaming service, a tactic Dish has been known for on the pay-TV side. That doesn't really address whether the service itself will be better than Netflix's, but it could help them grab the low-hanging fruit early on, especially as some Netflix subs continue to  steam about the recent rate hikes. JB

    Dickoz 12/5/2012 | 4:57:14 PM
    re: Dish to Stream After Netflix

    I hope Dish is successful in launching an alternative to Netflix, who has a virtual monopoly on video streaming. Competition is the most effective arbiter to price inflation!

    ravanelli 12/5/2012 | 4:57:14 PM
    re: Dish to Stream After Netflix

    Sounds like a total "me-too" play.  Amazon, Google, and Apple are all trying to crack this market and haven't figured it out, I don't envision Dish bringing anything different to the table.  

    Cooper10 12/5/2012 | 4:57:12 PM
    re: Dish to Stream After Netflix

    The other potential entrants in this space haven't made a serious run at licensing content at the breadth & depth of Netflix, Amazon may be on this path now with recent CBS and NBC announcements.  Other players don't necessarily have to take current subs away from Netflix for Netflix to be in trouble, rather, they just have to capture a meaningful share of the market growth going forward - Netflix is all about subscriber growth, and once it becomes clear that there are meaningful hurdles to that growth, Netflix's stratospheric valuations will be tested.

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