Ed Note: This article appears courtesy What You Pay For Sports.
Charlie Ergen has somehow managed to change the game and keep it the same in one fell swoop.
The Dish Network Chairman sent a few shock waves through the television business yesterday when his company announced a new deal with The Walt Disney Company that allows Dish to distribute Disney networks — including ESPN — “as part of an Internet delivered, IP-based multichannel offering.”
It’s not the first deal of its kind. Sony and Viacom struck a similar deal last August for a proposed PlayStation 4 TV service. Dish, however, is the first to strike a deal with arguably the biggest piece of the pay TV puzzle, and that puts them far ahead of everyone in terms of launching a pure IPTV service with American channels. Dish already has an IPTV service of sorts in the form of DishWorld, an online TV service that has served as Dish’s IPTV test bed for more than a year.
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