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Dish reportedly launching internet TV service this summer

2014-04-23 09:22 by
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According to a recent report from Bloomberg, Dish Network Corp, the No. 2 U.S. satellite TV provider, is looking to debut internet TV service this summer. Sources familiar with the negotiations told Bloomberg that Dish has been in Internet-TV talks with Comcast's NBCUniversal, A&E Television Networks, Time Warner's Turner Broadcasting, and CBS.

At least two of the four major broadcast networks - ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC - must be included in the service, and at least 10 of the highest-rated cable networks must also be part of the package. Thanks to its agreement with Disney (DIS), Dish has already signed up ABC, as well as cable channels ESPN and Disney Channel.

Dish is trying to be the first to sell a full package of live-streaming channels - similar to those offered with a cable subscription - over the Web. An Internet-based TV package would give consumers a new option beyond cable, satellite and phone companies. Dish is targeting 18-to-34-year-olds who only want to pay $20 or $30 a month to watch video on smartphones and tablets instead of a traditional TV set.

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