Ergen: Dish Will Launch Internet Video Service Before Year's End
Dish has long been rumored to be offering a live broadband TV service, and Dish boss Charlie Ergen now states that the company should launch the service before the end of the year
. "We have enough programming contracts to launch the service now," Ergen said, stating the company still has a few kinks to work out in terms of targeted advertising for the service.
Dish struck a deal with ABC earlier this year that involved crippling some ad-skipping
on their auto-ad-skipping DVR, in exchange for Internet video licensing rights. Other companies, like CBS, say they'll want significant more from Dish
for those same rights. Similar services from dozens of companies have failed due to trouble securing licensing, though Ergen is downplaying his company's lack of deals with numerous players.
"We're comfortable launching with what we have, but think there might be some more programmers who will want to experiment with this," said Ergen.