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Where to Catch 4K Sports Action on Satellite TV

by Jack Berkins on November 29, 2017

If you’re a weekender high def sports junkie or just want to follow your local team in crystal clear 4k (aka ultra HD), the good news is DISH and DIRECTV are off to a solid start in the 4K TV department. While it’s still early in the adoption cycle, every passing month sees more broadcasters […]

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New to the Genie: Entertainment Extras App

by Jack Berkins on October 13, 2017

All too often, media and programming companies sit on their laurels after the successful launch of a new device or service. In DIRECTV’s case, the stellar roll-out of the Genie a few years back only served to further motivate their tech/media teams to innovate and make the selection process as user-friendly as possible (DISH’s Hopper […]

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Another nice benefit of AT&T’s recent acquisition of DIRECTV, it was just announced that the popular Audience Network will be added to U-verse’s channel lineup. Slotted for U-verse channel #1114, it’ll give folks access to plenty of new, original content. The Audience Network, previously exclusive to DIRECTV and first launched in 2011, features both original […]

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NBC Universo Launches in HD on Superbowl Sunday

by Jack Berkins on February 4, 2015

Formerly known as mun2 (Telemundo’s 2nd channel), NBC Universo officially launched its new channel and programming lineup on Superbowl Sunday. All part of a brand revamp, it targeted Feb. 1st as it had exclusive rights to broadcast the game in Spanish (not surprisingly, as NBC, their parent company, carried the game). While the all Spanish-language […]

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DISH Subscribers Could Lose CBS Starting Tomorrow

by Jack Berkins on December 3, 2014

In the latest of the recent programming squabbles, DISH could end up losing CBS tomorrow, 12/4/14, at 7 PM EST. There have been numerous phases throughout the 6-month negotiation, including a Thanksgiving extension to allow folks to catch their NFL action, but this appears to be the tipping point. CBS just publicly stated there will […]

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DIRECTV to launch Ya Veo, a Netflix-like OTT Service

by Jack Berkins on September 13, 2014

The latest buzz out of El Segundo, CA (DIRECTV’s HQ) is they’re ready to launch a new, Netflix-like service by year’s end. Coined “Ya Veo” (I can see), it’s an over-the-top (OTT) service primarily targeted towards the Latino demographic. OTT refers to the cord-cutting trend (Hulu, Netflix, etc) that streams specialized AND inexpensive programming over […]

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In another move to further establish itself as the TV sports provider, DIRECTV has recently purchased an equity stake in LiveClips.com. Live Clips is a service that lets rights owners and licensees quickly and easily create video clips of live games. More importantly, it categorizes and tags each highlight by player, type of clip (run, […]

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Could DISH Network be Dropping ESPN (the ABC Network)?

by Jack Berkins on September 16, 2013

Don’t look now, but we may be headed towards another programming squabble. This time, it’s between DISH and Walt Disney’s ABC/ESPN. Their current contract is up on September 30th and rumors have it that they’re nowhere close on a broadcasting fee agreement. Not surprisingly, the 800 pound gorilla is ESPN. Per channel, it’s the single […]

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Where to find the NBC Sports Network channel

by Jack Berkins on August 12, 2012

If you recently stumbled upon the NBC Sports Network, you might be wondering how and when it popped into your programming lineup. Launched in 2011, it’s a relative newcomer to the sports world. Originally the Outdoor Life Network, it evolved into Versus and slowly transitioned into more mainstream sports until NBC Universal (and Comcast) decided […]

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3 Tips to Help You Choose a DIRECTV Package

by Jack Berkins on May 12, 2012

When you’re ready to get DIRECTV, one of the first things your customer rep will ask is which programming package you’d like. Even though you can easily switch to a smaller or larger plan after your system is installed, it’s a time and money saver to do your research beforehand. Here are a few tips […]

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