Sling TV and DISH Announce Landmark Agreement with Zee

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  1. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Sling TV and DISH Announce Landmark Agreement with Zee

    * Sling TV to launch 27 new Zee channels, nine of which will also be carried on DISH
    * New channels to serve a range of languages including Arabic, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Hindi, Marathi, Oriya, Portuguese, Rajasthani, Spanish, Tamil and Urdu
    * Sling TV to become exclusive provider of Zee’s premium on-demand library

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sling TV and DISH today announced a long-term renewal agreement with Asia TV USA, Ltd., part of the “Zee” group from India and a leading provider of South Asian programming. In addition to renewing the 10 Zee-branded channels already offered on Sling TV and DISH, the new agreement includes the addition of 27 new Zee channels such as &TV, Living Foodz, Zee Bangla, Zee Tamizh and Zee Cinema HD.

    As part of the agreement, Sling TV and DISH will be the exclusive providers in the U.S. of Zee’s premium on-demand library, which includes movies and over 400 additional popular video titles. Over time, Sling TV will become the exclusive over-the-top (OTT) provider in the U.S. for all but one of Zee’s South Asian channels. In the coming months, Zee will transition viewers from its direct-to-consumer services to Sling TV or to authenticated access only.

    “Our agreement with Zee enables us to provide a vast amount of entertainment to fans of South Asian content, while also giving customers a more streamlined way to access and enjoy both linear and on-demand content,” said Chris Kuelling, senior vice president of programming for Sling TV and DISH. “Zee shares our goal of growing the South Asian market, and together we are able to better serve this community, as well as the other language groups served by Zee.”

    “DISH has been a natural partner and ally for the last 18 years, and Sling TV is by far the most comprehensive OTT service available to our target audience" said Sameer Targe, business head, Zee Americas. “The U.S. is a mature pay-TV market and operating a direct-to-consumer business can be a low or negative margin initiative, so it made good business sense to align our growth strategy by expanding our offerings and partnering with Sling TV as our chosen OTT platform.”

    To broaden the options available to fans of South Asian content, Sling TV and DISH are launching a new “Hindi Gold Pack,” which will contain all of the Zee Hindi channels, plus other leading Hindi channels. In addition, &TV, one of the most requested Hindi channels by current Sling TV and DISH customers, will be added to the existing lineup. Zee’s on-demand content will be available at no additional charge to DISH and Sling TV subscribers with the Hindi Gold Pack.

    As part of the agreement, DISH and Sling TV will also add two Spanish-language channels, Z Living Español and Zee TV Español, and two Brazilian channels, Zee TV Portuguese and Z Living Portuguese, to their respective line-ups. The new Spanish channels can be found on DISH in the DishLATINO Clasico, DishLATINO Dos, DishLATINO Plus and DishLATINO Max packages, and the Best of Spanish TV package on Sling Latino.

    Zee Alwan and Zee Aflam, two popular Arabic channels, will also launch in the DISH Arabic Super Elite and the Arabic Mosaic Pack on Sling TV.

    More information on Sling TV’s international packages can be found here, and information on Sling Latino packages can be found here. Details of DISH’s packages can be found here.
     
  2. nmetro

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    So, DISH went through all the trouble to swap of receivers, and LNBs, to free up transponder space to get everyone to the latest compression standard. So, instead of offering more English language channels, and upgrade a number of SD channels to HD, they instead assign out 27 channels of bandwsith fro programming from India, and 6 additional foreign language channels fro a total of 33. While, at the same time drop English language channels, and replace it with advertising, while raising rates. Yes, they get more money for foreign language programming, but at least they could have added HD equivalent of SD only channels, including those in the various premium movie packages.

    And providers, like DISH, are wondering why people are cutting the cord.
     
  3. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Not all 27 channels will be on DISH Satellite ... and the channels that will be added will be on DISH's international service on 118. NOT the bandwidth that was opened up by the 8PSK conversion.
     
  4. Soccernut

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    A TV company from India with Brazilian channels? Weird!
     

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