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  1. Rickaren

    Rickaren New Member Staff Member

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    Dish Network eyes broadband network

    The goal: 30 million customers on 4G system, including high-speed Internet, satellite TV



    Posted: 08/24/2011



    Dish Network wants to build a nationwide mobile-broadband network, revealing details about the strategy behind its recent deals for wireless spectrum in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission.


    The network would seek to reach at least 30 million potential customers and use fourth-generation technology in which compatible devices are expected to launch commercially by 2014, according to analysts who reviewed the filing, made late Monday.


    Dish plans to offer high-speed Internet access as a stand-alone service and as part of a bundle with its satellite-TV product, said Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker.


    The FCC filing asks the agency to transfer to Dish-spectrum licenses currently assigned to TerreStar Networks, a bankrupt satellite company that offers wholesale wireless voice and Internet services via a hybrid satellite and ground-based network.


    Douglas County-based Dish received bankruptcy-court approval to acquire TerreStar for nearly $1.4 billion in July. Dish has agreed to acquire a separate bankrupt wireless-spectrum holder called DBSD.
    The filing also asks the FCC to allow Dish to use the spectrum to offer terrestrial-only broadband service. It states that Dish would continue to support TerreStar's hybrid cellphone service as well as offer terrestrial-only service.


    "We are excited about the opportunity to put this nationwide spectrum to productive use for competitive and innovative mobile broadband services," Dish Network executive vice president Tom Cullen said in a prepared statement.


    Dish said it would use Long Term Evolution Advanced technology. Verizon Wireless and other carriers are building 4G networks based on similar LTE technology.

    Blockbuster, which Dish acquired this year, is expected to play a role in the network, Ryvicker said in a research note Tuesday.


    Dish specifically notes in the FCC filing that it will use its "bricks-and- mortar network ... to facilitate the deployment of a new service."


    Dish chairman Charlie Ergen has said the company would likely partner with an established wireless provider if it were to launch a mobile- broadband service.
    A partnership with MetroPCS might make sense because the regional carrier "needs spectrum and has cash to build out the network," said BTIG Research analyst Walter Piecyk.


    He said Dish has committed to reach 30 million potential subscribers over six years, basing his estimate on timeline references in the filing.


    Specifically, Dish pointed to "buildout principles" in deals involving Sprint, which Piecyk said required the company to reach 15 million potential customers in four years and 30 million within six years.
    Dish has about 14 million satellite- TV subscribers.

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  2. thedude

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    Insert Photoshopped image of a cell tower on top of a rickety Blockbuster Video store -HERE-.

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    sparkyscott21 Moderator Staff Member

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    I am assuming that since Dish Network is currently residing with Google, Maybe something down the road my be
    coming up with Direct Tv in the future perhaps??

    Just a thought to throw out there..
     
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    There was a thread about Verizon LTE with DirecTV @ DBSTalk: Verizon and DirecTV in a LTE pilot? - DBSTalk.Com
     
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    Rickaren New Member Staff Member

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    DirecTV teases 'Nomad' Slingbox competitor
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    08/26/2011

    DirecTV appears to have its sights set on Slingbox with a new platform, called Nomad.

    The satellite provider launched a page on its site recently, showcasing a device that connects to customers' DVRs and allows them to stream programming to other devices, including computers, smartphones and tablets.

    "Take your movies and shows from your home DVR where you go," the Nomad site reads.

    If DirecTV follows through with a Nomad competitor, it wouldn't be much of a surprise. EchoStar, which is closely affiliated with DirecTV's chief competitor, Dish Network, owns Sling Media. Sling made a name for itself in the home-entertainment space by offering a box that connects to any DVR and lets users control the DVR and watch TV programming from computers and mobile devices.

    Late last year, Dish upped the ante a bit by launching its free Remote Access app for iPad users. The application, which requires users to have certain DVRs and a $99 Sling Adapter in order to work, lets folks watch live television and control their DVRs wherever they are. It would only make sense that DirecTV would want to respond with a solution of its own.
    However, exactly how DirecTV will do so remains to be seen.

    The satellite company did not immediately respond to CNET's request for more information on Nomad.
     
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    sparkyscott21 Moderator Staff Member

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    Boy, do I have a crystal ball or what?? :cool:
     
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    eferz Well-Known Member

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    I remember reading about this on Engadget a little while ago.

    I wonder if this is related.

     
  8. sparkyscott21

    sparkyscott21 Moderator Staff Member

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    I have never heard of Monsoon before this article..
    I have to catch up on them, thanx ...;)
     

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