Posted by Barry Silverstein on November 6, 2013 03:46 PM
When Blockbuster was sold to TV satellite provider Dish Network in April 2011, it was likely just a matter of time before Dish realized it was in over its head.
"Dish has zero retail capability at present, and therefore lacks the scale or synergies to benefit from the operation of Blockbuster retail stores. ...[Dish] decided that rather than buying the streaming capability and the Blockbuster brand name from another party, it could bid for the entire company and offer the store inventory to another bidder at a later date," Wedbush analyst Michael Pachtner observed at the time.
Sure enough, an announcement by Dish today indicated that Blockbuster would terminate its retail and by-mail DVD distribution operations in January, closing about 300 remaining US-based stores along with its distribution centers. The Blockbuster by Mail service will be discontinued in mid-December. Dish will, however, continue to support its domestic and international franchisees.Continue reading...
see you in court
Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 1, 2013 10:47 AM
Dish Network execs might like the name of its streaming service, “Dish Everywhere,” but those two words have gotten executives at DirecTV, Comcast, Cablevision, Cox, Time Warner Cable, and Charter pretty peeved—so much so that they've all filed a challenge to the term with the US. Patent & Trademark Office, according to Variety. Dish filed for the phrase back in September of last year, but it seems the other providers feel the word “anywhere” belongs to everybody.
But that's not the end of Dish's legal battles. The satellite provider is also battling Fox, which is making claims that the service's new Hopper DVRs with Sling are breaking retransmission laws. Sling allows content on Dish to be seen on other devices while the Hopper allows users to skip over lucrative advertisements.
But not everyone is hating on Dish right now. Dish and Disney, whose programming deal was set to expire midnight on Monday, were able to come to a temporary agreement so that Dish customers wouldn't experience a blackout of channels including ESPN, ABC Family and Disney.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 1, 2013 09:21 AM
Aquafina introduce water line targeting teens.
Amazon plans to hire 40 percent more seasonal workers for this holiday.
Infiniti plans to cut inventories and raise standards for dealers.
AT&T plans ultrafast-internet system for Austin, Texas.
Adobe targets next generation of creatives.
Cardlytics debuts new visual identity and logo.
CNN and NBC scrap projects on Hillary Clinton.
Chrysler reports best September sales since 2007; all US automakers report today.
Dish Network and Walt Disney reach short-term deal to avoid blackout.
GM encounters softening sales in India.
Google closes in on deal to end European antitrust case over search.
Heineken hints at creating "high-end" home-beer machine.
JPMorgan settlement could falter over question of "wrongdoing."
Merck aims to save $2.5 billion by cutting additional 8,500 jobs, extending layoffs to 20% of workforce in shift to sales-driven R&D.
Microsoft and Nokia make inroads in Europe's lower-end smartphone market.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 19, 2013 09:17 AM
Apple garners upbeat reviews for new iPhone and iOS 7.
BlackBerry slashes workforce by up to 40 percent.
Facebook gets First Amendment protection for “likes.”
Checkers prepares for IPO, report says.
Chili’s sees boost in checks from new table-top ordering system.
Chipotle gets more than 5 million views of Scarecrow documentary.
Dish Network wins legal victory over ABC in DVR fight.
Fisker Automotive sees its green loan from US headed for auction.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 5, 2013 09:26 AM
JCPenney reportedly shelves Martha Stewart deal.
Samsung unveils Galaxy Gear smartwatch as Qualcomm also enters smartwatch fray.
McDonald's tests higher-priced dollar menu.
Anheuser-Busch InBev partners with University of Illinois for big data edge.
Balenciaga sues former creative director for defaming brand.
BlackBerry seeks buyer by November.
Campbell will launch soup K-Cups next year.
Chobani recalls "fizzy" Greek-yogurt cups.
Covergirl joins NFL's pitch to female fans.
Dunkin' Donuts taps Eli Manning to promote app.
El Chico expands rebranding program.
GoDaddy steps away from jiggle marketing.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 2, 2013 09:13 AM
Zynga hires head of Microsoft Xbox as its new CEO.
Penguin and Random House merger complete.
Bitcoins see mainstreaming proposal by Winkelvoss twins of Facebook fame.
BF Goodrich introduces venture led by all-terrain tires.
Buffalo Wild Wings launches its own craft beer.
Chevrolet goes for heartstrings with advertising for new Silverado pickup.
Chipotle celebrates 20th anniversary with treasure hunt.
Chrysler reports best June sales in six years as Hyundai previews an all-time sales record.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on June 19, 2013 09:24 AM
Facebook hits 1 million active advertisers and Zuckerberg talks partnerships with Samsung.
Tesla recalls some Model S cars for seat-mount defect.
Dish Network drops pursuit of Sprint Nextel, clearing way for SoftBank.
Alcatel-Lucent plans to streamline.
Amazon rolls out Facebook social gift card.
Chevrolet returns to Oscars with user-generated ad.
Dell sees Carl Icahn raise stake in company.
Johnny Rockets is acquired.
Lifestyle Lift changes national marketing practices after probe.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on June 18, 2013 09:27 AM
7-Eleven franchisees are accused by feds in immigrant exploitation scheme.
Starbucks to start displaying calorie counts on menus later this month.
Susan G. Komen Foundation names new CEO.
3M adds new products to its healthcare line.
AOL nears profitability in Patch bet on local news.
AT&T introduces solar-powered charging stations.
Boeing signs customers for stretch 787, Airbus also gets order for A380 and Embraer gets big launch order for jets from SkyWest.
Cheesecake Factory returns to growth mode.
Chrysler sees key deadline near in Jeep-recall dispute with US government.Continue reading...