Rumor: Dish Network to launch Netflix-like service

The Netflix streaming video service has been highly popular in part because, at least until recently, the company hasn't experienced much competition. That's starting to change with efforts like Hulu Plus, Amazon's streaming video service and more recently HBO GO entering the market. Now Bloomberg reports that yet another big rival to Netflix could launch as soon as October. The story, which cites unnamed sources, claims that the new service will be launched by Dish Network and its recently acquired subsidiary Blockbuster Video.

Blockbuster's rental stores have battled and lost against Netflix before. Netflix's mail order DVD rental business gradually ate into Blockbuster's revenue over the years. Ultimately Blockbuster was not able to compete and the company went into bankruptcy. It finally sold off its assets to Dish Network back in April for $320 million. This new report now claims that Dish Network will offer up some kind of subscription streaming video service under the Blockbuster label. Details are still scarce; for one thing, there's no word on the pricing for this new operation. Dish Network has not yet commented on the report.

This new rumor comes as Netflix is still dealing with the backlash of bad news on two different fronts. One is the new 60 percent higher monthly price for its customers that choose to pay for both its streaming video service and at least one DVD mail order rental. The other is that the cable TV channel Starz announced this week it would not renew its content streaming deal with Netflix. In trading today, Netflix's stock price fell over 8.6 percent.

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I just signed up Dish Network and I must say that they out do Comcast by a long shot. Of course will affect your satellite feed and services but who in this day and age does not realize this. Their pictures are far better that Comcast and I have a Full HD LED TV. We always had problems with Comcast, subscribing things without our consent. Taking far too long to correct their errors while billing us for the mistakes.

I have had Satellite services before while I was living in Europe (15 years) and Satellite does provide more channels with the capability to get international channels. While Comcast's picture quality is lack luster. Comcast just sucks because while I was living with my friends in California we had more down time than up and it was always our fault???

If Dish Network can get this thing to work well and be cost effective for its current subscriber and keep up with the technologies they will have a good thing but one mistake and it will be a flop.

Yes, it will be different. Dish currently has a "rent" option which is similar to Blockbuster. The proposed plan is to make it subscriber, unlimited - much like Netflix.

I talked to a local Dish Network person and in fact they are going to start this

He told me that they found a way to do this thru just a telephone wire and you won't need high speed internet to stream movies.

I asked him when it would happen and he said once they get all the movies uploaded to the server.

bhast2 said,
I talked to a local Dish Network person and in fact they are going to start this

He told me that they found a way to do this thru just a telephone wire and you won't need high speed internet to stream movies.

I asked him when it would happen and he said once they get all the movies uploaded to the server.


Yeah, somehow I doubt Dish Network was able to find some magical way to stream data better than companies that actually have a track record of doing things that work.

I see this ending badly...