DISH, Frontier Communications Extend Business Deal - Analyst Blog

Satellite TV operator DISH Network Corp. ( DISH ) recently renewed its existing business agreement with domestic wireline carrier Frontier Communications Corp. ( FTR ). The financial terms of this multi-year renewed contract have not been disclosed. Per the contract, Frontier Communications' subscribers will view DISH's services along with the company's bundled Internet and voice package.

In Jun 2014, DISH achieved a significant milestone by commercially launching the first wireless set-top box in the pay-TV industry. Post launch, subscribers are able to connect to DISH's flagship Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR through a dedicated 802.11ac access point and watch TV shows on any device in and around the home through a wireless Joey device. A WiFi enabled set-top box is a significant innovation in the pay-TV industry as it eliminates the need for either coaxial or Ethernet wiring within a customer's home premises.

In 2013, DISH had introduced a Hopper DVR, which provides remote viewing of live or recorded TV shows on subscribers' mobile devices (smartphone or tablet) using its proprietary Sling transmission technology. The Hopper device is integrated with a 2-terabyte hard disk that can store up to 2,000 hours of sports and entertainment content.

In Sep 2014, DISH and lifestyle media channel owner Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. ( SNI ) renewed a multi-year contract where DISH will be able to offer the entire portfolio of Scripps' channels to its subscribers. Importantly, the new agreement will enable DISH to offer its upcoming Internet TV subscribers to multi-stream Scripps' contents either live or in the form of video-on-demand.

Meanwhile, on Dec 2013, DISH had come together with Sprint Corp. ( S ) to announce the companies' joint venture of developing and deploying a fixed broadband network in Corpus Christi, TX.

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