DISH Network Unveils Music App for Multi-Device Streaming

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DISH Network CorporationDISH unveiled a mobile app, DISH Music, which will synchronize music on television and speakers throughout the house using one central control. This app is powered by DTS Play-Fi technology.

The subscribers can use Hopper2 or Hopper 3 DVRs to stream music around the house. DISH Music turns the Hopper DVRs and connected Joeys into music streaming zones. They can be controlled through Android or iOS smartphones and tablets. The app can wirelessly pair with DTS Play-Fi-enabled speakers connected to the same wireless network.It is compatible with Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora and Tidal. DISH Music also allows music streaming from a phone or PC at resolutions of up to 24-bit/192kHz.

The app can be downloaded from the Apple Inc.'s AAPL App Store, Alphabet Inc.'s GOOGL Google Play Store and Amazon.Com Inc.'s AMZN Amazon app marketplace.

DISH Network is putting in continuous efforts to diversify its business model from being a pure-play satellite-TV operator to an Internet-TV operator. This should help the company counter competitive threats from low-cost video streaming operators. In fact, the company's Internet TV service - Sling TV - offers services at a reasonable rate is going popular. The flexible cash and liquidity position of the company also opens up scope for investments.

Meanwhile, launch of AirTV Player also augurs well. In Jan 2017, DISH Network's subsidiary, AirTV, launched its latest streaming device, AirTV Player. This 4K Android-based streaming device supports ultra HD (high definition) and is pre-loaded with Netflix Inc. (NFLX), Sling TV and YouTube apps. It also works with an over-the-air antenna for broadcast TV. Hence, AirTV marks "a single unified" platform for on-demand streaming, Internet TV and over-the-air (OTA) local channels.

DISH has created an extensive portfolio of spectrum, the most important component of wireless networks.The company has a portfolio of 80 MHz of radio frequencies of different bands, which will be used to deploy 4G LTE wireless network in top 100 U.S. markets. Several industry analysts have estimated the value of DISH's wireless spectrum at around $50 billion.

About DTS Play-Fi Technology

Play-Fi was developed by audio company, DTS. The company is known for its digital audio technology, which is used to code the soundtracks in motion pictures. DTS licenses Play-Fi to enable audio companies to build Play-Fi compatible wireless systems.

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