Dish Network expands HBO VOD


At the CES in Las Vegas, Dish Network and Home Box Office (HBO) announced a deal to give Dish customers expanded access to HBO programming. The agreement enables Dish subscribers, with or without Internet, who subscribe to HBO and Cinemax, to watch expanded selections of HBO content instantly in the comfort of their home.

Dish customers with Internet access and select Dish HD DVRs who subscribe to HBO or Cinemax will soon be able to enjoy an expanded version of HBO On Demand and Cinemax On Demand. Dish says they will have instant access to virtually every episode of every season of the best HBO shows — most of which are available in high definition — including “Luck,” “Game of Thrones,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “True Blood,” “Deadwood,” or “The Sopranos,” as well as popular Hollywood hit movies, documentaries, stand-up comedies, sporting events, and independent films.

In addition, a new feature called Dish Unplugged will make hundreds of HBO movies and TV shows available via satellite to the Dish DVR. Customers who subscribe to HBO will have instant access to HBO programming through their receiver in the highest video quality and with no buffering. These programs will be refreshed every day by satellite, providing HBO customers the most current selection of HBO programming. Dish Unplugged will be first available as a feature of the recently announced Hopper, a whole-home HD DVR entertainment system to launch in the first quarter of 2012.

“Dish is thrilled to be working with HBO to bring this broad collection of highly acclaimed programs to our customers for instant access at home,” said Dave Shull, senior vice president of Programming, Dish. “Whether our customers are online or off the grid, we offer a solution to give them convenient access to the most popular programming.”