Showbiz Sandbox 228: The Dish On That Disney Deal With Dish

March 11, 2014


After months of rancorous public and legal battles with television networks over their ad-skipping Hopper technology, U.S. satellite provider Dish Network reached a landmark retransmission consent agreement with the Walt Disney Company. The deal calls for Dish to disable bypassing commercials for three days after a show originally airs. In return Dish is getting the rights to provide Disney’s networks via the Internet for any future IP-television offering they might develop.

Meanwhile, the city which has become known for producing movies and television shows is under siege. Not from a foreign invader, but rather Los Angeles (and California) is suffering from what is known as “runaway production” thanks to tax incentives being offered in other states and countries.

Austin Texas has also been invaded over the past week by attendees at the annual South by Southwest festival. Neil Young marked the occasion by announcing Pono, his long awaited high-def music player, along with its accompanying store filled with digital tracks for audiophiles.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including Sandra Bullock’s giant “Gravity” payday, television networks start premiering their shows in summer and why time-shifting made HBO’s “True Detective” a huge hit.


‘Noah’ Banned in Several Middle Eastern Countries

Analyst: ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’ May Cause $84 Million Write-Down at DreamWorks Animation

Sandra Bullock to Make $70 Million (At Least) for ‘Gravity’

L.A. Is In A ‘Bad Spiral’ Of Loss Of Movie, TV Production

Neil Young Launching PonoMusic Via Kickstarter

Pono Music – Where Your Soul Rediscovers Music

Fox’s ‘24′ Advertising Fees Among TV’s Priciest

CBS Rolling Out Seven Hours of Originals This Summer

U.S. Government Supporting TV Broadcasters in Aereo Fight at Supreme Court

Tiny Digital Publisher to Put Newsweek Back in Print

Jeff Robinov Has Offers for More Than $100 Million in New Financing; Closing In On Studio Deal

Readfy: Advertiser-Supported ‘Spotify for Ebooks’

HBO’s ‘True Detective’ Is Averaging 10.9 Million Viewers

HBO’s ‘True Detective’ Wraps Season With Its Largest Audience

‘True Detective’: Where Things Stand with Season 2

Dish Network and Disney Reach Retrans Deal Over Ad-Skipping Hopper


  • Michael Giltz

    I’m bizarrely fascinated with Neil Young’s new music device Pono. No way am I gonna buy (again) all or even a small portion of my favorite albums. But I want the Pono player anyway. Anyone wondering what to get me for Christmas has the answer right here! But if he can add streaming in super high quality, I’m definitely on board.