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Dish's Bostonians Celebrate Tiny Beer, Recliners and the Death of the TV Spot

Latest ads for the Hopper

The Boston Guys return and local accents abound in Dish's cute campaign for its Hopper DVR with Sling, which lets users skip commercial blocks. That functionality has caused some controversy,…

Cowboys Thrilled for Dish Network's New Internet Service

BFG 9000 circles the wagons

Dish Network has a thing for cowboys. Having aired several spots with cowboys last year advertising its Blockbuster Movie Pass, the satellite-TV provider goes back to the ranch in its…

Lawmakers Hope to Turn Off the Dark

Senate Commerce committee hearing to assess impact of the Cable Act

This week’s Senate Commerce committee hearing on the Cable Act—the law often blamed for blackouts on cable and satellite TV—may not be the clash of the titans, but it will…

Comcast Files Patent to Halt DVR Ad-Skipping

Technology offers advertisers opposite of Dish Network's Ad Hop feature

Comcast is seeking a patent for new technology that will force subscribers who fast-forward through DVR-recorded shows to view advertising anyway, according to FierceCable, an online publication for cable network execs. The cable…

Dish Invites You to Skip Prime-time Broadcast Ads

New 'Auto Hop' feature allows viewers to trim out all advertising on DVR playback

So here's something advertisers are unlikely to be wild about: Auto Hop, a new feature on Dish Network, will allow  subscribers to automatically skip broadcast ads in DVR playback (starting…

DISH Network Threatens to Drop AMC

Carriage fight would impact 14 million households

DISH Network subscribers who also happen to be fans of Mad Men, The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad may be in for a rude awakening this summer, as the satellite-TV…

Data Points: Game On

Broadband is going for the gold in the London Summer Olympics, with half of fans saying they plan to watch this year's live events online

This summer, athletes will go for the gold at the Olympic games in London, while digital technologies will break their own records for viewing. With the emergence of high-def video…

TV Bebé Boom

Univision and Telemundo still dominate Hispanic TV, but a rash of start-up channels is about to make things a lot noisier

Call it the Hispanic TV baby boom. For decades, the biggest player in the game has been Univision, and while that’s not going to change anytime soon, dozens of newcomers—some…

Univision Deportes Poised to Kick In

New Spanish-language sports net pumps up soccer coverage, draws looks from advertisers prior to April launch

As the clock ticks down toward the introduction of its new stand-alone sports network, Spanish-language broadcasting titan Univision is initiating its prelaunch sequence, lining up a roster of blue-chip advertisers…

Ad of the Day: Comcast

'Don't be a Dish Head,' the cable company warns in a pair of wacky new Xfinity spots from Goodby

The advertising coming from pay-TV providers is increasingly populated by characters as wonderfully wacky as anything in their programming. Satellite company DirecTV featured Gregor the gold-plated Russian billionaire, with his…

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