Dish is for sale. Every company is for sale but Dish is especially so following AT&T’s acquisition of Dish’s main competitor, DirecTV, last year for $48 billion. Apple won’t have to pay that much for Dish but it could. Each Dish employee represents only $800,000 in sales so many of those 19,000 workers will have to go. But if Apple outsources just satellite dish installation and customer support it’ll easily pull the revenue numbers up toward the target $2 million per employee.
One Dish employee Tim Cook will be sure to keep is CEO Charlie Ergen — a tough-yet-charismatic operator who built Dish from scratch and knows his industry. Apple won’t succeed without a Charlie Ergen at the TV controls. Ergen’s already a billionaire but he’ll stick around for a chance to turn TV on its head.
But acquiring Dish would do more than just turn TV and maybe movies on their heads, it would have an impact on mobile phone and data service, too. Dish is one of the largest owners of unused wireless spectrum that can be used as a bargaining chip in those content negotiations or possibly put Apple into the wireless data business. Dish also sells the Slingbox, which allows watching your cable or satellite content over the Internet, so there’s a patent-protected addition to the Apple TV available, too.
Apple wants in the content business but buying Time Warner (not Time Warner Cable) won’t do it. Apple needs hundreds of networks, not just 14 channels of HBO. In order to succeed Apple needs to acquire a company that has legacy rights to that content -- rights that Apple can through sheer force of will ride for a year or two until the market transitions and cable TV starts to die.
Yes, Apple wants to kill cable TV. So do AT&T and Verizon. So do Microsoft and Sony. So did Intel until it gave up. The difference is that Apple’s deep pockets and Dish’s moxy can actually make it happen.
Both the DBSD and TerreStar buyouts come with generous helpings of wireless bandwidth licenses, possibly opening the way for DISH to start some sort of terrestrial communications or broadcasting network. Slap the Blockbuster brand on a video service over the radio waves, perhaps akin to the now-defunct MovieBeam service that was launched and then abandoned by Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS ) , and you might get a Frankenservice that makes sense. No guarantees, but there's a chance.
Good for Sling and Blockbuster.
One good more buy for Charlie - OUTR (redbox) which has been on a tear for no reason except activist...
wonder who? Talk about a Merger of Huge Content and tons of NOLS
then - Sell Spectrum to Verizon for PROFIT and Merge Dish with TMobile
Everybody WINS!!! Charlie is Very smart.
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BB LIQUIDATING INCORPORATED (OTCMKTS:BLIAQ) Sellers Covered 0.15% of Their Shorts
by Franklin Staff Contributor — April 15, 2016
The stock of BB LIQUIDATING INCORPORATED (OTCMKTS:BLIAQ) registered a decrease of 0.15% in short interest. BLIAQ’s total short interest was 708,700 shares in April as published by FINRA. Its down 0.15% from 709,800 shares, reported previously
Warchild2011 rather upset.....we are real close.
nice final attempts on your part, however NO ONE IS SELLING!
The bottom portion of the remote is dedicated to four apps. The logos of M-Go, Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and Blockbuster, adorn these four shortcuts and make navigation a bit easier and less confusing. In fact, pretty much the only confusing about the remote is why Blockbuster was included as one of the shortcuts. HBO Go, Hulu Plus or, heck, even QVC wouldn't been a better choice. ----GOLD
With Sling technology, customers get instant access to thousands of titles on demand. You also get access to all of your DVR storage, even if you have to be away from home. This is done through the broadband-Internet Hopper with Sling.
4 days ago - @slinganswers @leslesleslie technically blockbuster was subsidized into sling tv
Regarding the former, Rovi, DISH, and EchoStar have agreed not to pursue litigation against each other to allow discussions to continue surrounding the possible extensions of their respective license agreements. Recall just under one year ago, Rovi shares climbed after it announced its natural-language spoken-voice interfaces would be integrated into a "portfolio of products" from DISH "throughout 2015." Rovi's patent license agreement with EchoStar is still technically valid through April 5, 2016.