Dish To Refund $2 Million To Washington State Customers Over Sketchy Surcharge

Dish To Refund $2 Million To Washington State Customers Over Sketchy Surcharge

In May 2012, Dish customers in Washington state began seeing an additional item on their bills — a mysterious “Washington Surcharge” of between $1.00 and $1.09 a month. The satellite provider stopped this surcharge later that year after the state’s attorney general’s office began investigating, and yesterday it agreed to issue a full refund to customers who’d been hit with the questionable fee. [More]

Could A Merger Between DirecTV And Dish Be On The Horizon?

Could A Merger Between DirecTV And Dish Be On The Horizon?

Last month, in the wake of the news that Comcast would try to gobble up Time Warner Cable, billionaire Dish Network co-founder and Chairman Charlie Ergen asked a reasonable question: If the two biggest terrestrial cable companies could merge, why couldn’t the two largest satellite TV services? Now it looks like Ergen may once again be trying to make that marriage a reality. [More]

Dish & Disney Jump Into Bed Together With Deal That Limits DVR Ad Skipping On ABC Shows

Dish & Disney Jump Into Bed Together With Deal That Limits DVR Ad Skipping On ABC Shows

While broadcasters have been grumbling over and fighting against Dish Network’s ad-skipping DVR in court, at least one company is getting awfully cozy with Dish. Walt Disney Co. signed a long-term deal with Dish to curtail the use of Hopper for ABC shows, the two companies confirmed last night. [More]

Dish CEO: If Comcast Can Buy TWC, Then We Can Merge With DirecTV

Dish CEO: If Comcast Can Buy TWC, Then We Can Merge With DirecTV

As we mentioned last week, if regulators approve the pending marriage of Comcast and Time Warner Cable, it would put pressure on the nation’s two largest satellite operators to combine in order to compete. And while Dish co-founder and Chairman Charlie Ergen isn’t talking about a tie-up with DirecTV just yet, he is pointing out that it would be hypocritical for the Comcast deal to be approved and a satellite merger to be denied. [More]

Dish Goes Wireless With Latest Receivers

Dish Goes Wireless With Latest Receivers

At today’s CES press conference, the folks at Dish continued to push its Hopper as the big selling point of its satellite service, with new announcements of additional recording options, along with virtual and wireless DVR experiences. [More]

Universe Conspires To Make ‘This Is The End’ The Last Movie Rented From Blockbuster

Universe Conspires To Make ‘This Is The End’ The Last Movie Rented From Blockbuster

There are some events in life that coincide so perfectly, you’ve gotta wonder if the universe is just messing with us all and conspiring to make things happen just so. To wit: The very last movie rented from Blockbuster before Dish Network shuts all its stores down? This Is The End. [More]

An extended dispute between Disney and Dish could lead to a blackout of ESPN and ABC.

Dish Customers, Prepare For Potential ESPN (And ABC, Disney) Blackout

UPDATE: As expected, the two parties reached an 11th hour agreement to extend the talks past the Monday deadline. No details were provided about when an actual deal would need to be reached in order to avoid the blackout. [More]

Fortunately, Dish Network Chat Is Open More Than 2.75 Hours Per Day

Fortunately, Dish Network Chat Is Open More Than 2.75 Hours Per Day

After seeing our post where we highlighted that Walmart’s customer service chat only appeared to be open for one minute per week, Donald wrote in to show us that while Dish Network isn’t quite as bad, their chat only appeared to be open for two hours and forty-five minutes per day, seven days a week. The Walmart chat site wasn’t live, though, and the wacky hours posted at Dish aren’t real either. [More]

Dish Wins Another Battle In War Over Ad-Skipping Hopper DVR

Dish Wins Another Battle In War Over Ad-Skipping Hopper DVR

Though the legal battle between broadcasters and Dish Network over the satellite provider’s Hopper DVR — which completely skips the ad breaks on recorded, prime-time network programming — is far from over, Dish pulled out an important victory yesterday when a federal appeals panel decided not to issue a preliminary injunction against the Hopper service. [More]

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Report: Google Interested In Providing Cable TV On Internet Channels, But It Won’t Be Easy

The still waters of the cable TV industry might run deep, but if companies like Google keep splashing around in them, we might see an alternative to the traditional bundling model — but it ain’t gonna be easy. A new report says Google is entertaining the idea of possibly offering cable channels over broadband Internet connections, something that would likely meet with a major pushback from cable and satellite providers. [More]

No more missing whatever it is those Kardashians do.

Dish Network Teams Up With Southwest To Offer Free Live TV On Flights With Wi-Fi

Soaring up in the wild blue yonder in a plane can be a heady experience, but some travelers just can’t bear to not be connected to what’s happening on the ground. Keeping in mind that some fliers don’t want to fork over money to buy Wi-Fi access despite that urge to stay in touch, Southwest Airlines and Dish Network are teaming up to offer free access to live TV while in flight. [More]

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Dish Network Will Never Believe That I’m Not My Ex-Roommate

James’ roommate moved in, had Dish Network service for a while, and then moved out. The roommate canceled service before moving away. Or so he thought. Despite what James tells Dish and their collection agencies, then what his ex-roomie tells Dish and their collection agencies, they continue to come after him for the account that was never his in the first place. [More]

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SoftBank Feels Secure Enough In Its Relationship With Sprint To Let It Consider Dish Deal

Sounds like someone — and by someone we mean SoftBank — is feeling pretty darn good about its burgeoning relationship with the object of its affections: Sprint Nextel got the go ahead from its current steady to take a closer look at what Dish Network is offering it in a rival deal. [More]

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Sprint Pushing FCC To Approve SoftBank Deal While It’s Still Totally Dating Dish Network

Sprint, we didn’t know you were such a player on the dating scene. While the company is asking for the Federal Communications Commission to keep working on its official review of a $20.1 billion SoftBank deal, it’s also openly flirting with its other suitor, Dish Network. That’s what we call playing the field, folks. Wonder if it’ll go on two dates in the same night? [More]

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Dish Network Throws $25.5 Billion On The Table In Bid For Sprint Nextel

It’s been about six months since Japanese Wireless company SoftBank said it’d pay a handsome price to buy control of Sprint. And in yet another example of how a much-buzzed about hookup sometimes fails to get to the completion stage, there’s another company suddenly in the running to woo Sprint — the pay-TV giant, Dish Network. [More]

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Dish Network Chat Rep Promised Me A Great Price, Now I Can’t Prove It

Kasey’s Dish Network contract was up, and he was interested in signing a new contract in order to get one of those sweet, sweet new Hopper DVR systems. An online chat representative made the deal with him, and that’s how he learned that it’s always a good idea to save your own customer service chats whenever possible. The new monthly rate was much higher than what Kasey had agreed to, but now he had no proof of what that lower original rate had been. [More]

Here's the Tweet that Dish claims CBS made Kaley Cuoco remove.

Dish Says CBS Made Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco Delete Tweet About Hopper DVR

UPDATE: CBS thought the headline on this story wasn’t very fair, so a network rep asked us to change it. We didn’t. [More]

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Dish Network Says It’s Closing 300 Blockbuster Stores In The U.S.

If your local Blockbuster has stuck around through the company’s recent years of troubles and store closings, cross your fingers that it’ll stay lucky. The company announced it will be shuttering 300 stores in the U.S. soon, cutting the total number of locations in the country down to a measly 500.  [More]