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UPDATE: Dish Won’t Stream Hallmark Movie Channel On Blockbuster @ Home

UPDATE, 2:00 PM: The companies finally got their story straight. Turns out Dish won’t stream the Hallmark Movie Channel or any content from it as part of the deal making it part of Blockbuster @ Home. Although Dish promotes the product as an extra cost online and DVD rental service for subscribers, it also serves as a conventional premium tier for some channels that are just offered via satellite. Hallmark Movie Channel will appear on that line-up only.

PREVIOUS, 9:04 AM: The streaming deal with Hallmark Movie Channel was tucked in to multiple releases today pitching Dish’s new Heartland Package, a collection of family-friendly channels that the company’s satellite subscribers can receive for an additional $5 a month. The collection includes Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movie Channel, GMC TV, PixL, and RFD-TV. Later this week the company will add RURAL TV. Here’s the announcement about the agreement with Hallmark owner Crown Media:

Crown Media Family Networks and DISH Network L.L.C. today announced a multi-year renewal of their affiliation agreement. As part of the new agreement, DISH will feature Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel in its newly launched Heartland TV package. DISH will also add Hallmark Movie Channel to DISH’s “Blockbuster @Home” subscription movie package.

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Dish CEO Says He Doesn’t Know Whether Broadcasters Will Object To DVR Auto Record Features

By | Monday January 9, 2012 @ 3:05pm PST

Dish Network CEO Joe Clayton says that ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC shouldn’t have a problem with his company’s just-announced PrimeTime Anytime DVR feature that automatically records the networks’ primetime shows, holds them for a week, and also streams them on-demand to computers, tablets and other mobile devices. But he doesn’t know. “I haven’t personally talked to every single one of them, but I’m sure they’re aware of it,” he says. He adds that Dish shouldn’t have to worry that it’s treading on their right to license TV Everywhere rights, or look-back VOD service to cable operators and online destinations such as Hulu. “This is no different than an opt-in for any DVR,” he says. I’m told that lawyers for the networks are reviewing the Dish service to see whether there’s a problem.

Clayton was in a buoyant mood, though, as he officially disclosed the news that had already leaked about his company’s powerful new DVR product — called Hopper — and Dish’s corporate makeover. Read More »

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