DISH Network and NeuLion have announced a multi-year partnership to distribute certain DISH Network international channels using NeuLion’s television broadband service.
NeuLion will distribute a number of DISH Network’s international channels to consumers without access to satellite TV.
“As the leading multichannel video provider of international channels in the US, we are excited to enhance our nationwide distribution of international content to include IPTV,” said Chris Kuelling, vice president of international programming for DISH Network, in a statement. “We know some of our customers prefer to watch their favourite channels via satellite and others prefer broadband delivery, and we are pleased that we can now offer a solution that fits their specific needs.”
“We see distinct synergies between our respective television distribution services and believe that DISH Network customers will benefit from the further reach provided by a broadband offering,” said Chris Wagner, Executive Vice President of NeuLion. “We believe that the match of our technology with DISH Network’s international programming rights will greatly benefit ethnic communities in the United States.”
DISH Network offers more than 180 international channels in more than 28 languages. The company plans to launch the new web TV service in early 2010.