Dish Network press conference at CES 2015 | CNET

Dish Network press conference at CES 2015

The satellite broadcaster will share upcoming plans for its Hopper DVR -- and possibly even its rumored streaming video service.

  • John Falcone 1/5/2015 6:53:46 PM
    Hello everyone
  • John Falcone 1/5/2015 6:54:13 PM
    We'll be starting our live blog and live video stream soon.
  • Connie Guglielmo 1/5/2015 6:54:51 PM
    Hello all. We're online at the Dish Networks press conference here at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas. I'll be live blogging today's news event. I'm joined by CNET Executive Editor David Carnoy and photographer Sarah Tew.
  • Sarah Tew 1/5/2015 6:57:30 PM
  • Sarah Tew 1/5/2015 6:58:23 PM

    CNET Executive Editor David Carnoy with Connie Guglielmo, editor in chief of CNET News.

  • Connie Guglielmo 1/5/2015 6:58:29 PM
    And the event begins with a drum line entering stage left.
  • David Carnoy 1/5/2015 6:58:47 PM
    Dish is expected to announce a new Internet TV service called Sling TV. $20 a month. Here's our story:
  • David Carnoy 1/5/2015 6:59:50 PM

    Dish's new Sling TV Internet-TV service starts at $20, features ESPN, Disney Channel, CNN, TNT, and other channels - CNET

    CNETTargeting millennials and people who don't want a full pay-TV package, Dish offers up a cheap live TV service that's viewable on a variety of streaming video devices.
  • Sarah Tew 1/5/2015 7:00:52 PM
  • Connie Guglielmo 1/5/2015 7:00:59 PM
    Joe Clayton, president and CEO of Dish, heads onstage -- wearing a drum and surrounded by a line of kangaroos.
  • David Carnoy 1/5/2015 7:01:20 PM
    I'm still waiting for the live kangaroos.
  • Connie Guglielmo 1/5/2015 7:01:32 PM
    Joe: Happy New Year everyone and welcome to the continuing epic tale of Dish's transformation. And what an adventure it has been.
  • Connie Guglielmo 1/5/2015 7:02:37 PM
    In January 2012, the Dish Hopper DRV is introduced. In 2013, Dish Hopper is best of show. That was followed up by the Joey add-on. This year, Dish has the 4K Joey -- "making our Hopper product easier to use...Yes, Dish has certainly reinvented itself over the years."
  • Sarah Tew 1/5/2015 7:02:52 PM
  • Connie Guglielmo 1/5/2015 7:03:11 PM
    Clayton says Dish will provide a new "milestone" today -- a TV experience that's more affordable, more mobile and easier to use. "It's our goal to give our customers the best video and audio product. Period."
  • Connie Guglielmo 1/5/2015 7:03:31 PM
    Clayton: "Today we're adding even more functionality and simplicity to the Hopper platform."
  • David Carnoy 1/5/2015 7:03:51 PM
    New apps for Hopper...
  • Connie Guglielmo 1/5/2015 7:04:14 PM
    Clayton says the past three years has also been about "stabilizing" Dish's core satellite business, and burnishing the brand image through advertising and marketing. "In short, we did what we said we would do. We've generated over $1 billion in cash flow each year."
  • Sarah Tew 1/5/2015 7:04:34 PM
  • David Carnoy 1/5/2015 7:04:38 PM
    Clayton is going over broader achievements of the company in 2014.
  • Connie Guglielmo 1/5/2015 7:04:51 PM
    The cash flow has allowed Dish, Clayton says, to invest in new opportunities including dishNET Broadband and more wireless assets. And investments in the Over-the-Top Internet Video Service.
  • Connie Guglielmo 1/5/2015 7:05:42 PM
    Clayton: "Dish has been investing in our future." That's a better approach than rivals, who are short-term focused he says. The Hopper experience is about offering more choice, more control and "the best experience" in our industry.
  • Connie Guglielmo 1/5/2015 7:05:55 PM
    Vivek Khemka, SVP of product management, now takes the stage.
  • Sarah Tew 1/5/2015 7:06:11 PM
  • Connie Guglielmo 1/5/2015 7:06:41 PM
    Khemka: Since we introduced the Hopper in 2012, we've continued to innovate. More than 10 million screens powered by the Hopper and Joey.
  • David Carnoy 1/5/2015 7:06:50 PM
    Vivek Khemka does the product demos for the press when we get prebriefings. He's the "tech" guy at Dish.
  • Connie Guglielmo 1/5/2015 7:07:22 PM
    Khemka: "The introduction of high definition changed everything we knew about television…We're now at the beginning of 4K Ultra HD." Today we're announcing the first 4K set-top box. The 4K Joey.
  • Sarah Tew 1/5/2015 7:07:47 PM
  • Connie Guglielmo 1/5/2015 7:07:53 PM
    4K Joey specs: Dual-core ARM processor, 4K 60 fps, HEVC, PiP. Can be hooked up to a Dish Hopper.
  • David Carnoy 1/5/2015 7:08:26 PM
    4K content is coming to Dish. Not available now.
  • Connie Guglielmo 1/5/2015 7:08:30 PM
    Khemka: "With the 4K Joey's picture-in-picture, consumers can watch 2 shows side by side -- in high definition…This wasn't possible before." Sports fans can now watch 2 games, side by side, both in high def.
  • Connie Guglielmo 1/5/2015 7:08:53 PM
    Dish 4K Joey works with an 4K HDTV -- "consumers can use the television of their choice," Khemka says.
  • Sarah Tew 1/5/2015 7:09:09 PM
  • Connie Guglielmo 1/5/2015 7:10:05 PM
    Today, Dish is adding another streaming service to the Hopper: Vevo, the largest music video service is being added to the Hopper at no additional cost. Dish says it's the first DVR with Vevo integration.
  • David Carnoy 1/5/2015 7:10:59 PM
    Dish is doing multiroom audio using its set-top boxes.
  • Sarah Tew 1/5/2015 7:11:09 PM
  • David Carnoy 1/5/2015 7:11:13 PM
    Apps for Android and iOS.
  • Connie Guglielmo 1/5/2015 7:11:18 PM
    When we introduced the Hopper, we had Sirus XM satellite radio and Pandora, Khemka says. But today, Dish is adding a new music app for iPhones, iPad, Android devices and the Hopper -- can play music in multiple rooms, with the same or different songs playing.
  • Connie Guglielmo 1/5/2015 7:11:34 PM
    Can use Pandora, iHeart Radio, TuneIn and other music services.
  • Connie Guglielmo 1/5/2015 7:11:53 PM
    The new music app will be made available as a software update at no additional cost.
  • Connie Guglielmo 1/5/2015 7:12:09 PM
    "The Hopper is becoming a true entertainment system that delivers incredible value," Khemka says.
  • Connie Guglielmo 1/5/2015 7:12:37 PM
    "We're also laser focused on improving the overall Hopper experience," he adds. Now going to a company video talking up Hopper development efforts.
  • Sarah Tew 1/5/2015 7:12:53 PM
  • Connie Guglielmo 1/5/2015 7:13:37 PM
    Dish says it's focused on simplicity -- consumers don't care where the content lives, they just want to get to content that's relevant to them.
  • David Carnoy 1/5/2015 7:13:59 PM
    A lot of people can't afford multiroom audio (or Sonos), so this is a big deal if you're a Dish subscriber. Of course, you need decent speakers hooked up to your TV to get good sound.
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