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When is the Next Season of Game of Thrones?

The massively popular Game of Thrones returns for its 8th and final season in…2019! Wait, what? That’s right, if you’re a fan (like we are) of this sword-swinging, dragon-riding, epic drama, you’ll have to wait several more months for it to return to your screens. The good news is that, prior to its return, you can ensure that you get the best deal on HBO in order to have full access to this show. Game of Thrones is an HBO-specific show and cannot be viewed on any other popular streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu. Dish has heard the battle cry for Game of Thrones and offers premium movie channels for free for the first three months of every satellite television package. This means you can get your fill of giants, dragons, white walkers, and royalty without any extra charges for three months. What’s more? All of Dish’s television packages include the following:
  • Free HD DVR
  • Free HD for life
  • Price lock for 2 years
  • Local channels included
  • Dish and Amazon Alexa integration
  • Voice remote
  • Dish TV Anywhere app
  • Free installation
Find out more about Dish television packages and how to maximize your entertainment options and thoroughly enjoy Game of Thrones. Call our specialists to set up service (866) 989-3474.

Hopper With Sling Now Available From Dish Network

On January 17, 2013 new DISH Network customers will be able to enjoy Sling functionality with the Hopper to allow on-the-go connectively to your home Dish progra and DVR shows through your phone or tablet. And with built-in Wi-Fi you can connect easily to your wireless Broadband Internet network without any extra accessories! Now you can take your home programming and DVR shows with you when you’re are out and about during the day.

The Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR already offers you up to 2,000 hours of recording capability. The PrimeTime Anytime functionality records most of the primetime programming on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC with just one click then allows you the option to skip over commercials with AutoHop.

But now, with built-in Sling technology and Wi-Fi available on Hopper with Sling, you can enjoy such new features as Hopper Transfers and DISH Explorer. Check out these cool new features.

Hopper Transfers**
Only available with Hopper with Sling and the iPad®.
Hopper Transfers allow you to transfer your DVR recordings*** to your iPad and watch them from anywhere. No Broadband Internet connection is required to watch this content on your mobile device.
• Hopper Transfers technology is currently only available for iPad.

DISH Explorer**
DISH Explorer offers new content and interactive features for your Hopper or Hopper with Sling. See below for some examples of what this new functionality provides.
• Access the EPG, “What’s Hot”, Rotten Tomatoes or Thuuz ratings on Hopper through your iPad.
• Access additional information about the program that you’re watching (and comment on the program) by accessing the live Twitter® feed for the program (see screen shot on the right). Or sign into your own Facebook® or Twitter accounts to join the conversation.
• Use your iPad as a remote control for your Hopper.
• DISH Explorer technology is currently only available for the iPad.
*Must be enabled by the customer.
**Requires Broadband Internet connection to Hopper.
***Select DVR recordings cannot be transferred.

To order your new Hopper with built-in Sling technology call 888-582-4883 now!

What’s the best choice between Cable TV, Satellite TV & Internet TV

In the early days of television broadcasts, the only way to receive programming was through the air. Due to limited bandwidth on the airwaves, only a few stations could be broadcast at a time. As technology progressed, companies were able to develop alternative ways to deliver content to their customer’s televisions. One way was through high-bandwidth cables that allowed for a huge expansion in the amount of content that could be delivered into homes. After cable came satellites that could deliver content through receiver dishes installed in the customer’s home. This expanded the amount of available content even further. The latest form of content delivery comes from the Internet. A variety of different streaming services offer unlimited or a la carte on demand content.

Cable TV

Television cable programming is delivered through an extensive network of underground cables that feed to a central office. Due to the large infrastructure costs during initial construction, cable companies justify charging very high prices for their service. Cable television bills can reach $100 for the most basic service, and customers who want a lot of premium content can expect to pay more than $200 per month. Cable subscriptions are also susceptible to blackouts of local sports. Cable television is reliable, but its high costs and inflexibility have caused a lot of customers to look elsewhere.

Internet TV

High-bandwidth internet access has allowed content providers to begin streaming programs through a customer’s internet connection. This can be done through game consoles, special TV-top boxes and DVD/Blu-Ray players. Streaming content over the Internet requires additional subscription costs that go beyond payments to an ISP. These subscriptions usually cost less than $10, but the selection of available movies and television shows can be very limited. Internet TV is becoming an attractive option for customers looking to get away from the high costs of cable.

Satellite TV

Satellite TV is special in its ability to deliver content that would not normally be available to customers in a specific area. For example, satellite providers could offer programming that is only available to certain cities to customers all across the world. This is especially attractive to sports fans who want to access games that aren’t available through cable or the Internet. With packages costing as little as $30 a month, satellite TV usually cost much less than traditional cable. This is because satellite television can be scaled to a large group of customers without significant infrastructure costs. Satellite also doesn’t require the presence of an existing Internet subscription, making the cost even cheaper than Internet TV.

Watch Commercial Free TV With Dish Auto-Hop

Dish Network has introduced a new model of digital video recorder (DVR) that comes with a variety of features that can make viewing television (TV) shows much easier. The new DVR is known as the Hopper. The device is able to use a feature of Dish Network known as PrimeTime Anytime. PrimeTime Anytime gives Dish Network customers the ability to record all of the primetime programming on all of the four major TV broadcast networks at the same time. These programs are then saved so they can be viewed at any point in the next eight days. The one feature of the new Hopper DVR boxes that is attracting the most attention is the Dish Auto Hop feature. This is a revolutionary new idea that gives viewers the ability to completely remove all of the commercial breaks that occur during a primetime broadcast. It is different from fast forward and 30-second-skip features because every commercial is automatically removed without any input from the user once the feature is activated. The commercials are actually recorded along with the program. This means it is possible to watch the program with Auto Hop disabled so the commercials can be viewed as well. The Auto Hop feature can be activated by viewers at the start of a primetime program that has been recorded with the PrimeTime Anytime service. Activating Auto Hop means that the DVR will skip TV commercials automatically. The only sign that there was a commercial break is a small Hopper logo in the bottom corner of the screen and a sudden flash of a commercial before the program resumes. This can reduce the amount of time it takes to watch a single show and can make it easier for viewers to explore new shows without sitting through long blocks of advertising. The experience of watching a dramatic commercial free TV show can be made better because the mood that is created will not be broken by intrusive and irrelevant advertising. Viewers who are using the Dish Auto Hop feature might still need to use the skip-ahead button for some broadcasts. Auto Hop currently works exclusively with PrimeTime Anywhere. The feature is also not available until a few hours after the program has aired. Local broadcasts, news and sports are not covered by this feature. Regardless, the implementation of Auto Hop on the new Hopper DVRs is an amazing step forward for consumers because it finally puts the viewer in complete control of the broadcast. The total absence of advertising while watching a show means that only the programming that a viewer wants to see will be played.

The Walking Dead And AMC Back On Dish Network

DISH enters multi-year agreement to carry AMC, IFC, WE tv, SundanceChannel and Fuse; AMC channel broadcast resumes Sunday, October 21. The AMC channel will be carried on DISH channel131. Walking Dead fans who are subscribers to Dish Network can rejoice, just in time for the 3rd season, DThe Walking Deadish network gets The Walking Dead back on the airwaves. After months of dispute, Dish Network and Voom have reached an agreement. Now Dish subscribers can now enjoy one of the most popular shows on TV once again. Other AMC Networks programming, including Sundance Channel, WE tv and IFC, will return to DISH Nov. 1. The Madison Square Garden Company’smusic-oriented Fuse channel will begin broadcast Nov. 1, as well. “We are glad to have settled the case and reestablished our long-term relationshipswith AMC Networks and Cablevision,” said Dave Shull, senior vice president of Programming at DISH. “This multi-year deal delivers a fair value for both parties and includes digital expansion opportunities for AMC Networks’ programming.” The Walking Dead airs Sunday at 9/8 central.

DISH Hopper vs. DIRECTV Genie

For customers looking for the ultimate Whole-Home HD DVR experience, the DIRECTV Genie is no comparison to the Hopper by DISH. From exclusive features like PrimeTime AnytimeTM and AutoHopTM to its industry-leading 2 Terabyte hard drive, the Hopper has no match. With the Hopper, you get: More music! DISH is the exclusive TV provider of SiriusXM music channels, plus customers can enjoy music from the Pandora app on their broadband-connected Hopper or Joey. More movies! Access thousands of titles from Blockbuster @HomeTM, DISH Online, and On Demand directly on your TV through the Hopper or Joey (based on subscription). More magic! Features like AutoHop, the Remote Control Locator, integrated apps, and stunning graphic menu displays were designed with customers in mind and make watching TV even more intuitive and enjoyable on every TV in the customer’s home. Compare DISH HopperTM vs. DIRECTV GenieTM

Hopper by DISH

Genie

PrimeTime AnytimeAutomatically record primetime shows*

YES

NO

AutoHopAutomatically skip commercials in select shows*

Yes

NO

Hard Drive Size

2TB

1TB

Recording Capacity

Up to 500 HD hours

Up to 200 HD hours

TV Everywhere Technology(with connected Sling Adapter or nomad (sold separately)

Live TV and DVR recordings

DVR recordings only

Maximum Number of Simultaneous Recordings

6 recordings

With PrimeTime Anytime enabled

5 recordings

On Demand OptionsWhen connected to broadband internet

Access to more than 15,000 IPVOD titles

Access to 7,000 IPVOD titles

On Demand OptionsWhen NOT connected to broadband Internet

Access to 80 new release titles

Access to 12 new release titles

Sports AppsDISH GameFinder vs. DIRECTV ScoreGuideTM

Available on Hopper & Joey Lists games 4 days in advance Doesn’t interefere with TV viewing ThuuzTM Excitement Ratings

Available on Genie only Same-day games only Interferes with TV viewing No Thuuz Excitement Ratings

Bluetooth® Integration**Listen to TV audio via Bluetooth headset

YES

NO

Remote Control Locator

YES

NO

Receiver Fees for 4 TVs***1 Hopper and 3 Joeys vs. 1 Genie and 3 Clients

$31/mo

$38/mo

Free with Eligible Programming Package1 HD DVR & up to 3 clients; everyday monthly price shown

America’s Top 120 & Higher $44.99/mo DishLATINO Dos & Higher $44.99/mo

(DHA/DHA24 qualification)

Entertainment & Higher $54.99/mo Optimo Mas & Higher $46.99/mo

(Low Risk qualification)

Set-Top Box Size

YES. 38% smaller than the Genie**

NO

External Hard DriveSold separately

Adds to the DVR storage

Replaces the DVR storage

SRS TruVolume®Prevents annoying volume fluctuations

YES

NO

Number of Supported TVs on Whole-Home DVR2 Hoppers with 4 Joeys vs. 1 Genie with 3 Clients*****

6 TVs

2 Hoppers allowed per account

4 TVs

Only 1 Genie allowed per account

Integrated AppsPandora, Facebook, Twitter, weather, news, and more

Available on Hopper & Joey

Available on Genie only

* During primetime hours record ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC plus two additional channels (feature not available in all markets). AutoHop only available with playback after 1 AM Eastern Time of select primetime shows recorded as part of PrimeTime Anytime. Both features must be enabled by customer and are subject to availability. ** Available on the Hopper Fall 2012. *** Based on DISH fees of $10/month DVR Service fee and $7/month Additional Receiver fee for each Joey; and DIRECTV fees of $20/month Advanced Receiver Service fee and $6/month Additional TV fee for each Client. **** Hopper dimensions: 16” W x 11.4” D x 2.05” H; Genie dimensions: 15.75” W x 11.85” D x 3.25” H. ***** Additional HD DVR receivers may be added to Genie accounts to support more than 4 rooms, however the additional HD DVR’s will not be visible by the Clients. The Genie also supports RVU-enabled devices, for a maximum of up to 8 rooms.

Fall TV Shows 2012 – Classic Remakes

Classics Seasoned with a 2012 Twist – The new fall television schedule is taking audiences for a bumpy ride through familiar territory. Twists on classic characters and plots abound, but TV fanatics need not fear! These offerings only hint at the traditional, and television’s faithful are in for some creative treats this season. ABC’s twist on the Faustian deal emerges as 666 Park Avenue, slatted to premiere on Sunday, September 30. An adaptation of Gabrielle Pierce’s book series, this supernatural drama follows Dave Annable (from Brothers & Sisters) and Rachael Taylor (from Charlie’s Angels), an innocent Midwestern couple, in their experiences as resident managers of The Drake, an Upper East Side apartment building owned by Terry O’Quinn (of Lost fame) and his wife, Vanessa Williams (from Desperate Housewives). Beyond the normal challenges of managing a building of the city’s rich and famous, all of the residents of The Drake have made deals with the Devil for their hearts’ desires. Graphic novel fans that are experiencing withdrawal after the demise of CW’s Smallville and the summer’s venture into Gotham with The Dark Knight Rises may be happy to see CW’s latest contribution Arrow which premieres Wednesday, October 10. An updated Oliver Queen, aka the Green Arrow, played by Stephen Amell, is the comic-book classic wealthy playboy by day and a vigilante crime-fighter by night. After surviving a boating accident that killed his father and his girlfriend’s sister, with whom Queen was having a lurid affair, the tormented tragic hero honed his archery skills alone on a deserted island. He returns to civilization in order to take down his father’s enemies to clear his family name. Superhero fans are holding their breath to see if the writing and acting will keep them tuned in. The next evening, Thursday, October 11, promises a remake of another kind on CW, Beauty and the Beast. This traditional fairy tale has been refashioned multiple times, but this fall’s rebirth, starring Kristin Kreuk (from Smallville), is clearly a remake of the 1987 show with Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman. Unlike the 1987 version, Kiwi Jay Ryan’s character, Vincent Keller, will be scarred not socially outcast because of a lion-like appearance. Producers are promising the bestial nature of the character will emerge through his actions as the season progresses. The recent Sherlock Holmes craze has jumped the pond, re-imagined from BBC and coming to CBS on Tuesday, September 25, with the premiere of Elementary. This modern exploration of the fictional crime-solver stars Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock, a recovering addict and NYPD consultant. His Watson is his female “sober companion,” a former surgeon played by Lucy Liu. As innately pessimistic creatures, humans thrive on post-apocalyptic tales, and NBC is offering us Revolution starting Monday, September 17. This drama draws heavily upon mythology and our collective need for others, thanks to the creative minds of J.J. Abrams (Lost) and Eric Kripke (Supernatural). Set in a dismaying post-apocalyptic future with no electricity, stars Elizabeth Mitchell, Tracy Spiridakos, Billy Burke and Giancarlo Esposito struggle to figure out how technology vanished and who holds the key to survival. Only the next few weeks’ worth of ratings will tell if audiences will tune in for the new perspectives on the classics.

Dish Free Preview Channels – August/September

Check out what’s FREE this month on Dish Network. MGM HD Thursday, Aug 2nd – Tuesday, Aug 28th Channel 385 MGM HD is a 24/7 movie network, featuring blockbuster hits, cherished favorites, modern masterpieces and studio exclusive extras from the legendary MGM Collection in true 1080i HD. Included In: Blockbuster @Home Sony Movie Channel Thursday, July 26th – Tuesday, Aug 21st Channel 386 (HD Only) Sony Movie Channel is the first U.S. multi-platform television network from Sony Pictures Entertainment created specifically for the Hollywood movie fan, offering uncut and uncensored movies in stunning high definition. Programming is selected from more than 3,500 Sony Pictures films, which collectively have received 184 Academy Awards including 12 for Best Picture. Included In: Blockbuster @Home EPIX Movie Package Thursday, Aug 9th – Tuesday, Aug 21st Channels 292, 380-382 Watch the latest blockbusters plus exclusive comedy, concert, and sporting events. EPIX, EPIX 2, EPIX 3 and EPIX Drive-In give you more choices to watch the latest blockbuster movies and your all-time favorite Hollywood hits! Included In: The EPIX Package Cinemax Friday, Aug 17th – Monday, Aug 20th Channels 310-314 Just like its name, Cinemax gives you cinema to the max. With 5 channels of unique programming, including 4 channels in high-definition, Cinemax offers the best variety of top movies with first-run theatrical premieres, new-to-Cinemax movies, top box office releases and movie favorites. Cinemax: The Ultimate Movie Experience. Included In: The Cinemax Package Palladia Thursday, Aug 16th – Tuesday, Sep 11th Channel 369 Welcome to Palladia: a state of the art, high-definition channel showcasing the best in music from today’s biggest artists. Palladia is your all-access pass to the hottest events from MTV, VH1 and CMT: MTV Video Music Awards, VH1 Divas and the CMT Music Awards, as well as iconic music series like Unplugged, VH1 Storytellers and CMT Crossroads. Palladia: The music starts here. The experience never stops. Included In: BB @Home Animal Planet Thursday, Aug 16th – Tuesday, Sep 11th Channel 184 Animal Planet is the world’s only entertainment brand that immerses viewers in the full range of life in the animal kingdom with rich, deep content via multiple platforms and offers animal lovers and pet owners access to a centralized online, television and mobile community for immersive, engaging, high-quality entertainment, information and enrichment. Included In: America’s Top 200 and Higher Ovation Thursday, Aug 6th – Tuesday, Sep 11th Channel 291 Ovation is the only multi-platform network celebrating art, artists and all forms of artistic story-telling. Its programming tells the stories of artists, their work, and the powerful impact art has on each of us. Ovation programming is a one-of-a-kind mix of original and selectively curated series, films, documentaries and specials. Included In: America’s Top 200 and Higher GSN Thursday, Aug 16th – Tuesday, Sep 11th Channel 116 GSN is the only TV network devoted exclusively to GAMES, including a broad array of genres, casino games, reality/game show hybrids, physical games, documentaries, as well as its very popular game shows. Included In: America’s Top 200 and Higher, Heartland Package Rural TV Thursday, Aug 16th – Tuesday, Sep 11th Channel 232 RURAL TV features live news with daily market coverage with a focus on the business and policy issues of rural America. RURAL TV’s programs include expanded livestock auctions, equine enthusiast blocks, country music and entertainment shows, rural event coverage and expanded international programming. Included In: America’s Top 250 and Higher, Heartland Package Tennis Channel Monday, Aug 27th – Sunday, Sep 9th Channel 400 Tennis Channel is the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to the professional sport and passionate lifestyle of tennis. A hybrid of comprehensive sports, health, fitness, pop culture, entertainment, lifestyle and travel programming, the network houses every aspect of the wide-ranging, worldwide tennis community. The Tennis Channel has telecast rights to the US Open, Wimbledon, Roland Garros (French Open), Australian Open, and more. Included In: America’s Top 250 and Higher Universal Sports Wednesday, Aug 15th – Tuesday, Aug 28th Channel 402 Universal Sports is the premier media destination for Olympic, endurance and adventure sports programming. Major domestic and international championship and Olympic qualifying events found on Universal Sports include track and field, skiing, swimming, gymnastics, cycling, volleyball, marathons, triathlons and rugby. Included In: Multi-Sport

NFL REDZONE vs NFL SUNDAY TICKET

Fantasy football players will be happy to know that there are two very good options for their NFL viewing pleasure on Sundays: Redzone and Sunday Ticket. DirecTV offers Sunday Ticket to their customers and Redzone comes from NFL Network. You could conceivably have both without paying too much extra, but you would only be able to use one at a time. Fantasy football players will find each with its own pros and cons. For fantasy football players who live, eat, and breathe football, NFL Sunday Ticket is the way to go. They show you every game every single week. Redzone does this as well, but the difference is that Redzone shows you all of the critical drives in every game as they are happening. Sunday Ticket only focuses on one game at a time, though it is the game that you choose. Redzone interrupts the game you’re on now to take you to potential scoring drives, drives to end the half or game, and overtimes.  So if you’re looking for constant action and updates then Redzone’s for you. Sunday Ticket is ideal for the football fanatic that lives outside of their team’s market area. Fans of multiple teams will always benefit from Sunday Ticket as they can keep tabs on any game any time. Redzone is probably better for fantasy football players because it shows them exactly how their fantasy players are performing. When the championships are on the line, people can watch their players score touchdowns, kick field goals, and intercept big passes. With Redzone, the announcers basically take you from game to game and allow you to watch the most important parts of that game. This is a great tool to have if your team plays at a different time or if your team has a bye week. The season becomes a lot more exciting with Redzone than with Sunday Ticket. Fantasy players get to keep tabs on their QB, RB, WR, and anyone else they have involved in the games. They’ll be able to basically figure out their score in the fantasy game compared to other players. The fast, exciting nature of Redzone puts fantasy football players and football fans in the heart of the most exciting action. The touchdown might be the most exciting score in all of sports, and you could see every touchdown every week with NFL Redzone. You should get Redzone if you want to upgrade the way you watch NFL football. You’ll likely never go back to the way you used to watch the game.

Free Previews in August with Dish Network

The Hub – Channel 179 Now Till – Tuesday, Aug 14th The Hub is a playful, transformative world that brings kids and their families together, powered by clever stories and engaging characters. The Hub’s programming will entertain, enlighten, empower and educate, with original animation, live-action, game shows and specials. MGM HD – Channel 385 Now Till – – Tuesday, Aug 28th MGM HD is a 24/7 movie network, featuring blockbuster hits, cherished favorites, modern masterpieces and studio exclusive extras from the legendary MGM Collection in true 1080i HD. Sony Movie Channel – Channel 386 Now Till – – Tuesday, Aug 21st Sony Movie Channel is the first U.S. multi-platform television network from Sony Pictures Entertainment created specifically for the Hollywood movie fan, offering uncut and uncensored movies in stunning high definition. Programming is selected from more than 3,500 Sony Pictures films, which collectively have received 184 Academy Awards including 12 for Best Picture. EPIX Movie Package – Channels 292, 380-382 Thursday, Aug 9th – Tuesday, Aug 21st Watch the latest blockbusters plus exclusive comedy, concert, and sporting events. EPIX, EPIX 2, EPIX 3 and EPIX Drive-In give you more choices to watch the latest blockbuster movies and your all-time favorite Hollywood hits! nuvoTV – Channel 167 Now Till – Tuesday, August 14 Vibrant. Bold. Driven. A whole NU network for an entirely Nu generation! nuvoTV features groundbreaking, original programming that embodies the spirit and lifestyle of today’s American Latino! MLB Network® – Channel 152 Now Till – Tuesday, August 14 MLB Network is the ultimate TV destination for baseball fans. Get expert analysis, breaking news, highlights, insights and original programming, plus go inside the park with over 150 live games live and look-ins at games in progress! MLB Network is your home for Our National Pastime All the Time™. mun2 – Channel 838 Now Till – Tuesday, August 14 mun2 is the lifestyle cable network for today’s generation YLA (Young Latino Americans). As the leading bicultural network that amplifies the Latino experience, mun2 is culturally relevant and uniquely American.