DISH readies OTT with premium broadcast package
| 09 October 2014
US satellite firm DISH is getting closer to launching its over-the-top (OTT) service, which will offer cable stalwarts like ESPN along with major broadcast networks.
According to media reports, the satellite operator will offer the broadcast piece for a premium up-charge, which will allow it to "offload" retransmission fees for local TV.
"Their approach is going to be, 'If you need over-the-air (broadcast TV), great, we'll sell it to you; if not, you can use an antenna,'" one source told Variety.
"Good luck with that," was all that a broadcast source had to say in response.
The new service is tentatively called Nutv and should launch by the end of the year. DISH has already cut content deals with Disney, A&E Networks and Scripps Networks to fuel the service.