A New Dish Network Web TV Service By Summer? Plus, The Return Of Moviefone.

by Colin McGuire. 0 Comments

DishOh, there’s so much to get to. So much to catch up on. So much to discuss. There are podcasts. There are horses. And then there’s the two-for-one fabulousness that we’re about to offer. All right. Let’s get to it.

Quite The Dish

There was a time, not too long ago, when we took a look at the news that Dish Network was contemplating throwing its hat into the Internet TV ring. Remember that? The deal with Disney? The intention of engaging in countless more negotiations with countless more conglomerates? Welp. Turns out the company is much further along the trail than previously assumed. Ms. Dara Kerr, remind us of what you wrote a couple weeks ago, please …

“Sources familiar with the negotiations told Bloomberg that Dish has been in Internet-TV talks with Comcast’s NBCUniversal, A&E Television Networks, Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting, and CBS,” she wrote late last month. “The release date for Dish’s possible Internet TV service could be as soon as this summer.”

Whoa, there. This summer?! You mean, we might have an all-Internet television service in the cards before we see snow again?!

Wow.

It seems that the deal with Disney just may have been the watershed moment that content providers have been praying for in the race for Web TV domination, now, doesn’t it? That was rhetorical.

Let’s hop over to a few people at Bloomberg, who followed that up by dropping this nugget:

“Dish is targeting 18-to-34-year-olds who only want to pay $20 or $30 a month to watch video on smartphones and tablets instead of a traditional TV set.”

Naturally.

I don’t know how many times I have to say it, friends: 18-to-34-year-olds don’t want to pay 20 or 30 bucks for this stuff; they want to pay zero or zero bucks for it. That’s the lure of Internet TV. No high prices. No “packages,” as it were. Read through Kerr’s piece, however, and you’ll find that what Dish wants to do is essentially bring a traditional television service model and distribute it through the web. Idiots.

Most of us will pay for Netflix. Some of us will even pop for an additional Hulu Plus membership. But ask us to fork over 20 bucks for 35 channels, 31 of which we won’t watch?

Again: Idiots.

Still, between Aereo’s Supreme Court appearance and this possibility, the summer of 2014 might turn out to be one hell of a game-changer in the evolution of television consumption. Buckle in, friends. Season two of “Orange Is The New Black” won’t be the only notable news coming out of the next three months.

All Hail Moviefone

Well, this is fun. Remember Moviefone? You know — that number you could call if you wanted to know movie times in and around your area of residence? Seems a little obsolete now, what with the Internet and, oh, I don’t know, Fandango. Yeah, well, mark your calendars for May 30, because the rebirth of the service will be upon us, this time with a twist.

“Moviefone’s search service will continue to feature movie showtimes and ticketing while also including TV content,” Variety’s Todd Spangler noted earlier today. “For TV, Moviefone will let consumers find specific episodes or seasons of a television series whether on broadcast or cable TV, Netflix, Amazon, Apple iTunes or elsewhere.”

Or, as I like to say, Moviefone wants to go all Roku on people’s behinds.

No, but seriously: Part of the Roku’s appeal is the fact that you can type anything into its search engine and it will tell you on which service it is available. As an example, let’s use the movie “Ted.” Type it into the device’s search engine, and you’ll see how much it costs on Amazon, compared with how much it costs on Redbox. If it’s offered through Netflix, that result will also appear. The same goes for actors, directors, entire television series, and so on and so forth.

Not that anyone would ever actually want to watch “Ted,” of course. I mean. It’s a teddy bear. Duh.

The only real intriguing aspect? It will include cable TV listings. So, to keep with the example, let’s say you want to watch “Ted,” but it also happens to be on HBO at 10 p.m. tonight. Now you know that it will be on HBO at 10 p.m. tonight. In addition to it being available on Amazon. Or Redbox. Or Netflix. Or … you get it.

So, that’s kind of neat. It’s irrelevant and useless to me and other TV Without A TV-ites, but it’s a tiny step in an interesting direction, nonetheless.

Moviefone: From 777-FILM to “When can I watch ‘Ted?'” What a world.

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