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Dish Introduces New Joey Set-Top Boxes And Dish Anywhere Apps For iOS, Android, And Kindle Fire

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Satellite TV provider Dish is expanding the number of ways that viewers can gain access to its content at CES this year.

It’s doing that with support for live, recorded, and on-demand video streaming to iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire tablets and mobile devices through a new group of Dish Anywhere apps. It’s also launching a new “troop” of Joey set-top boxes, building new functionality into the next generation of devices and introducing virtual interfaces for PS3, PS4, and LG Smart TVs.

At its presentation ahead of the show, Dish unveiled its most powerful Joey set-top box to date, the SuperJoey. Combined with Dish’s Hopper whole-home DVR, the SuperJoey will allow households to record up to eight shows at once. By adding another couple of tuners, the Hopper and SuperJoey can record four cable TV shows in addition to the four broadcast networks that are automatically recorded.

That should eliminate channel conflicts for most homes… that is, unless they are either really big or really crazy about recording things to their DVR.

Troop of DISH JoeysDish is also introducing the Wireless Joey, which provides customers more flexibility in making their live and recorded programs available throughout the house. Previously, subscribers needed their set-top boxes to be connected by coax cable run throughout the house.

But with the Wireless Joey, users can stream their live and recorded TV programs to any TV in the house, thanks to a thin client with an 802.11ac Wi-Fi connection.

Not only will subscribers have more options when it comes to Joey set-top boxes, they can install around the home, but they will also be able to connect virtually through devices they already own. To support this, Dish will have “virtual Joey” clients available for Sony’s PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 devices, as well as LG Smart TVs.

In addition to the new Joey products, Dish has also updated its mobile apps for iOS and Android, and is adding the Kindle Fire into the mix. The new Dish Anywhere apps will have a new feature that allows subscribers to transfer recordings from their Hopper, allowing them to watch their favorite programs on the go.

super joeyThe new apps also have integrated voice search capabilities, with natural language processing that allows users to find the programs that they want to watch and control their TV. That includes the ability to search content by title, actor, or genre.

For Dish, the announcements are part of a larger strategy by the company to enable subscribers to access the content they want anywhere, at any time. It’s been working toward that goal for years, but the new apps and Joey capabilities get it one step closer to achieving it.

Since this is CES, no launch dates for the products were announced. But the company expects the virtual Joey apps and the new Dish Anywhere for Kindle Fire to be released in the first quarter, with the Wireless Joey becoming available in the spring.


Samsung Got A Bigger Tablet Boost For Christmas Than Apple, According To Onswipe

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Touchscreen publishing company Onswipe has good news for Samsung. As Onswipe’s Chief Marketing Officer Jason Baptiste put it in an email, “Samsung clearly won Christmas when it comes to tablets.”

Specifically, the company looked at visitors to Onswipe-optimized sites for the period of Dec. 26 to Dec. 29 in comparison to Dec. 19-22, as a way to measure the growth that different tablet platforms saw over Christmas. The results? Samsung’s Galaxy tablets grew 50.4 percent, Nexus 6 tablets grew 33.8 percent, iPads grew 20.4 percent, and Kindle Fires grew 19.5 percent.

Now, the fact that Onswipe focused on percentage growth is an important caveat here. After all, Samsung was presumably starting from (much) less, so it didn’t need to sell as many tablets to see significant growth.

It’s also interesting to see the line about Samsung’s victory coming from Baptiste, who recently wrote a blog post telling people to “stop believing the fairy tales about the iPad’s demise.” I asked him if the data made him reconsider the post, and he said no: “Though they enjoyed more growth post Holidays, Samsung is still very tiny compared to the iPad and the same goes for the rest of Android. What will be interesting is seeing whether people still use Android tablets 90 days out from now.”

Baptiste also provided some numbers about usage. He said the average session time from Samsung users was 3 minutes and 9 seconds after Christmas, down from 3:32 before. On iPad, the average session was 4:03, compared to 4:12 before. And the Kindle Fire had the longest session time on average, 4:51.

As for how many people this data represents, Baptiste said Onswipe (which recently upgraded its platform) reaches 31 million unique visitors each month on the mobile web.



Economic Cost of E-Reading

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Above images comes from the New York Times website

I recently read an article by Amy Gahran  on CNN entitled E-books spur reading among Americans, survey says.  The general concept of America increasing its thirst for knowledge is exciting.  As Gahran began to close her statements regarding the positive outlook on America as a result of the introduction of imaginative technology (i.e., the Kindle Fire and iPad), she only hinted at those in poverty breaking even because they received the short end of the technological stick.

According to Gahran, “As the price of e-readers approaches zero, it opens up more opportunities for people who have been left on the wrong side of the digital divide to access the same wealth of information, entertainment and education as people with normal vision and average-or-better income.”  But, what are we sacrificing in the name of high-tech advancements?

Last year, alone, the hot ticket item for Christmas was an iPad. Children were no longer asking for the cuddly and, yet, creepy laughter from a Tickle Me Elmo; and, not everyone can afford these pricey items.  Their hunger for technology shows the shift of a paper society to an electronically geared one; but, in the process, we lose jobs because of what we choose to actively support.

 Clyde Prestowitz , a reporter for CNN, wrote on jobs created by Apple in China.  Jobs are maintained overseas instead of in America.  Along with that, production from other companies that assist the assembly of items needed to create books are negatively afflicted.  This trickle creates a economical depression by way of technological advocacy.   So, I ask, are we self-segregating technological production to support filthy lucre abroad?  Do we support technology, or do we support America? And, why can we not do both?

I understand that technological betterment echos societal growth; but, America is not sustaining alongside high-tech progression.  Gahran mentioned that Americans were still more likely to read paperback over an e-book, but Americans are, overall, reading more because of e-books; however, in doing so, we bankrupt businesses like Borders.  This is just one of many independent businesses that have had to cut spending, productivity and jobs based on consumer preference.

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We must ask ourselves what we want and be prepared for the answer we receive because, as of right now, the actions of individual companies are continuing to contradict the growth of a desired America.