Satellite Operator's Customers Get Next-Day Access to TNT, TBS Shows
Todd Spangler --
Dish Network customers will have unlimited online access to primetime content from TNT and TBS for no additional charge, through a "TV Everywhere" deal between the satellite TV operator and Turner Broadcasting System.
Rizzoli & IslesPrograms from the Turner networks -- including TNT's The Closer, Dark Blue, Rizzoli and Isles and Leverage, and TBS's House of Payne, Lopez Tonight and Meet the Browns -- will be available within 24 hours after an episode airs to Dish subs on DishOnline.com, TNT.tv or TBS.com.
Additional online programming from other Turner networks, including Cartoon Network and truTV will be made available to Dish customers by the end of the year.
"The commitment of this industry leader to TV Everywhere moves us closer to the reality of television programming available on demand to consumers on the platform of their choice," Jeremy Legg, Turner senior vice president of business development and multiplatform distribution, said in a statement.
TNT and TBS shows also are available through Verizon's TV Everywhere service for FiOS TV customers, as well as a live CNN feed.
Bruce Eisen, Dish's vice president of online content development and strategy, added, "It is important to us to provide our customers with the ability to watch all of their favorite TV content when and where they want, and we are very pleased to work with Turner to provide some of television's most popular entertainment to our online users."
Eisen, speaking at an event last month presented by Multichannel News and B&C, noted that "most of the networks aren't jumping into this with two feet. For good reason -- there's no business model."
Access to Turner's TV Everywhere entitled content uses Adobe Systems' authentication solution integrated with Dish's customer billing and subscriber management systems via Synacor's Entitlement System, which provides authentication and authorization services.
DishOnline.com, which the company launched in August, provides more than 150,000 selections. including movies, TV shows and video clips, included as part of the monthly TV subscription.
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