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Networks Aim to Break Dish Over Service Claims

Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 1, 2013 10:47 AM

Dish Network execs might like the name of its streaming service, “Dish Everywhere,” but those two words have gotten executives at DirecTV, Comcast, Cablevision, Cox, Time Warner Cable, and Charter pretty peeved—so much so that they've all filed a challenge to the term with the US. Patent & Trademark Office, according to Variety. Dish filed for the phrase back in September of last year, but it seems the other providers feel the word “anywhere” belongs to everybody.

But that's not the end of Dish's legal battles. The satellite provider is also battling Fox, which is making claims that the service's new Hopper DVRs with Sling are breaking retransmission laws. Sling allows content on Dish to be seen on other devices while the Hopper allows users to skip over lucrative advertisements.

But not everyone is hating on Dish right now. Dish and Disney, whose programming deal was set to expire midnight on Monday, were able to come to a temporary agreement so that Dish customers wouldn't experience a blackout of channels including ESPN, ABC Family and Disney.Continue reading...

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In the News: Tribune, Yelp, Blackberry and more

Posted by Dale Buss on July 10, 2013 09:31 AM

In the News

Tribune plans to spin off newspaper unit.

Yelp adds food-delivery services to site through partnerships.

BlackBerry faces same old problems after name change as CEO admits US debut of new phones was flawed.

Abbott cuts baby-formula prices in China.

Apple colluded with major publishers to drive up e-book prices, judge rules. 

Asiana Airlines pilots in first pairing struggled to line up plane that crashed, investigation reveals.

Budweiser signs Rihanna and Jay-Z for 85-country tour.

Dollar Shave Club will try out 'beardvertising' trend. 

Elizabeth Arden launches third Taylor Swift fragrance.

GM sells more cars in China than in US in first half.Continue reading...

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Comcast Boosts Digital Offerings to Better Face Netflix, Aereo

Posted by Mark J. Miller on June 12, 2013 07:17 PM

Comcast Corp. may be the largest US cable provider, but it still has some work to do on its digital side. After this year, critics may not be saying that anymore as the company is rolling out a cloud-based interactive TV guide, a voice-activated set-top box, and the ability to watch programming on tablets and smartphones and then move it to larger television screens at will.

The cloud-based X2 TV guide that will come out later this year will help viewers find content they desire faster by segmenting it into different groupings, such as kids, movies, sports, and recommended, Bloomberg reports.

Also, for Comcast subscribers who don't want to bother pushing a bunch of remote buttons, the company has come up with a new set-top box that allows users to push one button and speak commands, Bloomberg reports. To add to the interactivity, the box will also give access to “Facebook, Pandora and other online media” as well as provide reviews of movies by Rotten Tomatoes and the ability to see what people are tweeting about a show as it happens, USA Today notes.Continue reading...

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In the News: Lululemon, Mondelez, Google and more

Posted by Dale Buss on June 11, 2013 09:16 AM

In the News

Lululemon CEO steps down.

Mondelez to launch coffee pods for rival Nespresso machine. 

Google cuts illegal drug site search ads and videos.

Adidas sued by church over Adizero trademark. 

American Airlines unveils post-merger top management team.

Apple allows iTunes Radio users to pay to avoid ads.

Boeing sees no jet bubble.

CBC apologizes for botched national radio rebranding

Citibank could face $7 billion loss on currency swings, analyst says.

Comcast beefs up in-home Wi-Fi.

Dole Food gets buyout offer from CEO.Continue reading...

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In the News: NSA, Groupon, Google and more

Posted by Dale Buss on June 10, 2013 09:26 AM

In the News

Booz Allen Hamilton whistleblower cracks NSA case wide open in US internet-secrecy controversy.

Groupon aims to become an Amazon of mobile commerce.

Google nears acquiring Waze, a maps rival.

Adobe launches Photoshop Lightroom 5.

Apple enters busy field of net radio and polishes software for iPhones and iPads.

AstraZeneca acquires Pearl Therapeautics.

AT&T alters mobile upgrade policy to 24-months. 

B&G Foods to buy parent of Pirate's Booty snack brand for $195 million. 

Comcast expands Wi-Fi network with new 'neighborhood' initiative. 

Dunkin' Donuts encourages customers to linger with new store design.Continue reading...

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In the News: HP, BP, BMW and more

Posted by Dale Buss on April 5, 2013 09:01 AM

In the NewsHP board shakeup and chairman exit gives CEO Meg Whitman a chance to shake off troubles.

BP faults Deepwater Horizon claims overseer, launches first brand-wide fuel loyalty program.

BMW prepares X4 crossover for U.S. market, makes vehicles greener with fewer cylinders, less gasoline.

Al Jazeera America hires CNN's Ali Velshi as anchor.

Amazon's Jeff Bezos leads $5 million investment round in Henry Blodget's Business Insider.

Apple reportedly signs music labels for streaming service as Google's YouTube clinches deal with Universal Music.

Best Buy may have turned the tide on showrooming Amazon.Continue reading...

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Jimmy Fallon Brand Rises With Tonight Show Takeover Confirmed by NBC

Posted by Sheila Shayon on April 3, 2013 03:32 PM

NBC today confirmed that Jimmy Fallon is taking over The Tonight Show from Jay Leno in 2014, ending months of rumors in a deal that was (according to Variety) brokered by Comcast exec and NBCUniversal president Steve Burke.

Leno will retire following a 22-year run, while Fallon's reign will begin, Variety hears, following the Sochi, Russia, Winter Olympics coverage on NBC and its sister TV networks.

A hint that a deal had been struck came earlier this week with the release of a video between the two late-night comics, which Leno and Fallon tweeted and NBC promoted online.Continue reading...

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In the News: Blackberry, Twitter, Chevron and more

Posted by Dale Buss on March 28, 2013 09:22 AM

In the News

BlackBerry reports surprise profit after cutting expenses.

Twitter ad revenue projected to approach $1 billion next year as report says it agreed to allow censorship in Russia.

Chevron cuts executive compensation after string of accidents.

Belgium looks to EU for copyright protection of Belgian chocolate brand.

Best Western opens luxury hotel in Haiti, the first U.S. brand to break ground there. 

CBS could make TV Guide Network an "ESPN of celebrity gossip."

Comcast scores court victory in Philadelphia.

New Dentyne Ice campaign gets its message across with icy alphabet.

EADS gets backing of makeover plan by shareholders.Continue reading...

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