CES 2010: Dish Network, NeuLion Enter Pact on IPTV

Dish Network and NeuLion announced at the Consumer Electronics Show on Wednesday that they have entered into a multi-year partnership in which NeuLion will distribute certain DISH Network international channels using its IPTV service.

The arrangement will provide customers without access to satellite TV the ability to watch selected Dish Network international channels over the Internet. Dish Network plans to launch the new IPTV service in early 2010.

“As the leading multichannel video provider of international channels in the U.S., we are excited to enhance our nationwide distribution of international content to include IPTV,” says Chris Kuelling, VP of international programming for Dish Network.  “We know some of our customers prefer to watch their favorite 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,” says Chris Wagner, EVP 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 currently offers more than 180 international channels in more than 28 languages.  NeuLion will use its end-to-end, multi-platform service to allow users to watch live and on-demand content via their TV, PC and mobile devices.