Hello, and welcome to CNET's live blog of the Dish CES press conference.
Kent German1/6/2014 6:33:03 PM
I'll be hosting you here until our live blogging team of Shara Tibken, David Carnoy, and James Martin get in the room and set up
Kent German1/6/2014 6:33:40 PM
Shara and David will bring you the words with James bringing the photos.
Kent German1/6/2014 6:45:37 PM
CNET will be live blogging CES press conferences throughout the day. You can see the full schedule here
James Martin1/6/2014 6:49:20 PM
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James Martin1/6/2014 6:51:45 PM
Shara Tibken1/6/2014 6:52:04 PM
The setup for Dish's press conference is different from any I've been to. Looks more like a nice little luncheon than a presser. Tables are scattered around the room, and there are actually power outlets on each tablet (woot!!)
James Martin1/6/2014 6:52:24 PM
Shara Tibken1/6/2014 6:52:47 PM
There are also little Joey kangaroo stuffed animals sitting on the tables, and a big van near where the cameras are set up.
Kent German1/6/2014 6:52:51 PM
And they're in the room!
Shara Tibken1/6/2014 6:53:05 PM
Theme music from movies like "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" is playing in the background.
James Martin1/6/2014 6:53:14 PM
Shara Tibken1/6/2014 6:53:22 PM
Much better soundtrack than LG this morning, which was more like the same elevator song playing over and over.
James Martin1/6/2014 6:53:53 PM
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James Martin1/6/2014 6:57:34 PM
David Carnoy1/6/2014 6:58:53 PM
Lights are going down...
Shara Tibken1/6/2014 6:58:58 PM
As a reminder, the Dish Hopper's ability to auto skip TV commercials on its recordings is the subject of ongoing lawsuits from the major TV broadcasters, including CBS, the parent company of CNET.
Shara Tibken1/6/2014 6:59:24 PM
We're starting with a commercial, which has been common at CES press conferences this year.
James Martin1/6/2014 7:00:02 PM
Shara Tibken1/6/2014 7:00:03 PM
Dish and Hopper are expanding their team, the ad says
Shara Tibken1/6/2014 7:00:14 PM
David Carnoy1/6/2014 7:00:20 PM
We're going to hear a lot about Joeys today, not so much Hopper.
Shara Tibken1/6/2014 7:00:27 PM
Make it even easier to enjoy more of your favorite shows in all rooms of your home
Shara Tibken1/6/2014 7:00:36 PM
And the Joey goes wireless, ad says
James Martin1/6/2014 7:00:39 PM
Shara Tibken1/6/2014 7:00:51 PM
And Joey coming on LG and Sony TVs
James Martin1/6/2014 7:01:01 PM
Shara Tibken1/6/2014 7:01:13 PM
President and CEO of Dish, Joe Clayton, about to take the stage
James Martin1/6/2014 7:01:18 PM
Shara Tibken1/6/2014 7:01:26 PM
I can't help but crack up at these Kangaroo mascots running around. Pretty funny
James Martin1/6/2014 7:01:42 PM
David Carnoy1/6/2014 7:01:48 PM
Joey cheerleaders on stage. Scary.
Shara Tibken1/6/2014 7:01:50 PM
They led Clayton on stage, running and waving a big Dish flag
David Carnoy1/6/2014 7:02:09 PM
Sorry, meant cheerleaders.
Shara Tibken1/6/2014 7:02:10 PM
The song, I think it's called "holding out for a hero" was playing as Clayton entered
James Martin1/6/2014 7:02:35 PM
Shara Tibken1/6/2014 7:02:37 PM
Clayton - as Americans, we love our champions. They represent strength, ingenuity, etc. Nowhere is this more obvious than CES where the power of innovation is on display
Shara Tibken1/6/2014 7:02:52 PM
I'm here today to talk about this power, and not Austin Powers, Clayton says
David Carnoy1/6/2014 7:02:57 PM
This is part 3 of the Dish transformation, according to Clayton.
Shara Tibken1/6/2014 7:03:10 PM
You can talk about megabits, gigabytes and terabytes all you want. However, American consumer only cares about three basic requirements, Clayton says
James Martin1/6/2014 7:03:19 PM
Shara Tibken1/6/2014 7:03:22 PM
One - affordability. What does it cost. Two. available anywhere. and three, ease of use, Clayton says