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…

DirecTV Gets Retrans Blowback

Will the satellite service cave?

It may have seemed like a good PR move, but DirecTV’s decision to set up a website to take its case in its carriage dispute with Fox Networks directly to…

Inside News Corp.'s Jockeying for Britain's BSkyB

The takeover is nearing completion

After more than a year, News Corp.’s takeover bid for British satellite broadcaster BSkyB is nearing completion. Britain’s culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, gave his approval for the takeover last Thursday,…

Dish Network Founder Steps Down as President, CEO

Gives up day-to-day role, remains chairman

Dish Network's Charlie Ergen has decided to step down as president and CEO of the company he founded. Effective June 20, Joseph Clayton, the former head of Sirius Satellite Radio,…

Sirius XM Looking to Raise Rates

One month after Sirius XM signed Howard Stern to a new, and likely lucrative contract, the subscription satellite radio service is looking to raise its rates. But first, it needs…