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Dishnet Offers A Wide Range Of Entertainment Packages

Dish Network is the television service provider of choice for over 12 million Americans, but you may be wondering exactly what it can do for you. With all of the great entertainment packages available, great technology, and customer service, the real question should be what Dishnetwork can’t do for you.

Dishnet offers a wide range of entertainment packages ranging from the economical forty channel Dish Family to Dish Network’s Platinum level HDTV package with almost two hundred and fifty channels! HDTV programming is a great indicator of what a television service provider is capable of and Dishnetwork offers more HDTV channels than the nearest competitor. Even the entry level Bronze plan offers twenty five great HDTV channels including Gallery HD, Discovery HD Theater, HDNet Movies, Majestic HD, Rave HD, GuyTV HD, ESPN HD, Film Fest HD, Kung Fu HD, Home and Garden Television HD, and TNT HD. By the time you get up to the Platinum Level you have two hundred twenty regular channels and twenty nine HDTV channels including HBO HDTV and Showtime HDTV.

If you want lots of selection, but don’t feel like it’s the right time to invest in everything you need for HDTV, Dish Network’s America’s Everything Pak is a great option with one hundred eighty normal channels plus Showtime, Cinemax, Starz, and HBO movie packages, for a grand total of two hundred and ten channels.

On the other extreme, the budget oriented Dish Family consists of forty channels including Hallmark Movie, Discovery Kids, Animal Planet, C-SPAN, Angel One, Food Network, and Nick Toons to name just a few.

Most households will probably find the best match with one of America’s Top Entertainment Packages. America’s Top 60 Entertainment Package has sixty channels including MTV, Comedy Central, the Sci-Fi Channel, iShop, the Discovery Channel, VH1, the Healthy Living Channel, QVC, ABC Family Channel, TNT, the Travel Channel, the Beauty & Fashion Channel, Headline News, The Learning Channel, and The Weather Channel. America’s Top 120 Entertainment Package builds on America’s Top 60 with more channels like Game Show Network, PAX TV, American Movie Classics, the Independent Film Channel, MSNBC, Univision, the Speed Channel, and BET. America’s Top 180 Entertainment Network adds sixty more channels including The Outdoor Life Channel, The Movie Channel Extra, SoapNet, Reality TV, The Golf Channel, Bloomberg TV, National Geographic, VH1 Classic, seven Encore movie channels, Outdoor Life Network, Style, and CNBC World.

Dish Network can even accommodate the needs of bilingual households with their Dish Latino Packages. Dish Latino basic offers thirty Spanish language channels including Telemundo, TV Chile, MTV Espanol, Fox Sports Espanol, CNN en Espanol, SUR, MTV Espanol, and more. Dish Latino Dos adds eighty nine channels of English programming, Latino Max has all thirty Spanish channels and one hundred thirty English ones, and Dish Network’s Latino Everything Pak adds the HBO, Cinemax, Starz, and Showtime movie packages.

Dishnetwork also provides great technology. If you opt for an HDTV entertainment package, you’ll receive an HDTV receiver at no extra charge. And if you want an even more convenient television experience, you can get Digital Video Recorder with any package. A DVR will let you record your favorite shows, regardless of when they’r on, so you can watch them when it’s convenient for you. Digital Video recording has the added benefit of making it easier to watch live TV. If you’re interrupted, you can pause the program so you don’t miss anything. If you did miss a scene or play, you can replay it to catch all of the details.

Dish Network can provide everything you could possibly want with your television experience. If you have invested in an HDTV (High Definition Television, no other television service provider has more HD programming than Dishnetwork. Comcast, Charter Communications, Adelphia, Cox Communications, CableVision, Time Warner and the other Cable TV companies are all attempting to get there HD programming up to speed while Dish Network is doing a fantastic job. Dishnetwork Satellite TV has always put it’s customers’ needs first and it shows in their level of service and diversity of programming.

Al Jazeera America: News We Need To See And Hear

Al Jazeera and the Global Media Landscape: The South Is Talking Back

by Tine Ustad Figenschou

Publisher: Routledge (218 pages)

“… being a global journalistic presence is not always popular… “

Mention the news company, Al Jazeera, and it’s likely the response will not be without a strong opinion of the Qatar-based news network. Americans are deeply suspicious of the Arab government-owned news network, particularly since the events of 911.

Regardless that Al Jazeera is aggressively trying to reach the U.S. audience and supply a balanced product, many Americans remain convinced that the news agency is biased against Israel.

The network came to the main stage during the Arab protests in 2011 known as the “Arab Spring.” Broadcasting in English, the network was able to bring news of the unfolding events from regions no other network could access. This became the “Al Jazeera Moment” in recognition of its remarkable editorial coverage.

Al Jazeera and the Global Media Landscape makes a strong attempt to explain the complex strategies behind the controversial media company. It names its goals as a news company that strives to provide independent, impartial news and a voice of diversity from underreported regions. Little is known about the network’s journalistic awards such as Franklin D. Roosevelt Freedom Award, the DuPont Award, and the Peabody Award.

It is an ambitious effort. The network has 70 bureaus based around the world, including correspondents in West Jerusalem, Israel. Yet it is not differentiated by the majority of Americans from its Middle Eastern home base. In an effort to dispel anti-Israeli bias, the Qatar network maintains a bureau in Israel. Unfortunately, the reporting is constrained by their lack of access to the occupied territories by the Israeli military. To further complicate the job, “financial constraints limit their travel to, and presence within, the Palestinian territories, where the practical journalistic obstacles are many.”

The book is heavily weighted toward the Al Jazeera journalistic strategy that emphasizes its strong presence of on-the-ground teams of local reporters around the world. An example is given that in contrast to the British Broadcasting Corporation’s (BBC) coverage of Arab Spring, Al Jazeera gave a grass-roots perspective while the BBC gave a “white, male elite focus.”

It’s a costly endeavor and a “resource-intensive strategy,” Dr. Figenschou writes. Nonetheless, the author argues this is what sets it apart from every other news media company. Its key to beating the competition as a “broad global presence is a key strategy for maintaining the channel’s editorial distinctiveness.”

Yet being a global journalistic presence is not always popular, according to Wadah Khanfar, the network’s Director General from 2003-11. “Each country has its own politics. Saudi Arabia has never allowed our bureau to operate in Saudi Arabia. Jordan was critical recently. Their official newspapers waged an official campaign against Al Jazeera, accusing us, again, of implementing a Zionist conspiracy to dismantle the Arab world. They had many complaints, one of them started with a prison protest that Al Jazeera covered.”

Recently AJA launched in the U.S. with Al Jazeera America (AJAM). Despite AJAM’s grab for big-name U.S. national network talent such as Soledad O’Brian as a special correspondent and John Seigenthaler as prime time news anchor, AJAM is floundering with just 13,000 viewers a day since its August 20, 2013 launch.

Viewership is less than its failing predecessor, Al Gore’s Current TV with 31,000 daytime viewers, according to an article in the New York Post, Nov. 17, 2013.

The book does a good job highlighting how the channel wants to be distinguished from centrist and sanitized U.S. competitors.

To the author’s credit, while being a cheerleader for Al Jazeera, Dr. Figenschou criticizes the network for its lack of coverage of the low-skilled Asian migrant construction workers in Qatar and their poor living conditions.

Dr. Figenschou sights that these labor workers are regularly exploited by their Qatari sponsors, yet Al Jazeera has been noticeably quiet on the issue, simultaneously promoting itself as the “voice of the voiceless.”

News shapes how we see the world here and abroad. It’s important to take a hard look at the growth of international news networks, ambitious editorial agendas, and the expansion of more in-depth analysis of world events by non-U.S. centered outlets.

Al Jazeera and the Global Media Landscape does an excellent job of breaking down the pieces of this complex phenomenon of satellite news spanning the globe. It examines the motivation behind the network as well as the challenge of reaching a broad world audience.

Bad News For the UK Economy

Bad News for Gordon Brown about UK employment but there is some good news for the pound.

Official figures have shown that Unemployment in the UK has increased by 43,000 to some 2.5 million during the three months to February 2010.

But at the same time there is an unexpected decrease in the numbers of people claiming unemployment pay. A much lower drop in the figures than anticipated resulted in an immediate effect on Sterling which rose by nearly one cent to 1.1501 euro to the £.

Despite all the bluster that Gordon Brown is the best thing since sliced bread the jobless total is now at its highest since 1994. That is 3 years before the Labour Government came to power in 1997.

The Office for National Statistics has announced that the UK unemployment rate now stands at some 8% – which is the highest since 1996.

It is interesting that the total number of people claiming unemployment benefit fell in March 2010 by 32,900 to 1.54 million which is a much higher fall than was expected. How ever when you look closer at these figures they reveal an even more gloomier picture.

Unemployment among those who are aged over 50 age bracket rose by 7,000 to 396,000.

Youth unemployment rose also by 4,000 on the previous three months to 929,000 for the age band 16 to 24 who were out of work in the December to February period

There was also an increase in the number of those people who are classed as economically inactive. They are defined as those people who out of work but not actively seeking work.

They increased by a gigantic 110,000 to another record total of 8.16 million which is equivalent to some 21.5% of the population.

The rate of inactivity for the quarter to February 2010 was 21.5 per cent. The last time we saw this rate was in the quarter to October 2004.

The number of working age people who are inactive has increased by 110,000 over the last three months to reach a record height of 8.16 million.

It would appear that this increase in inactivity has in the main been driven by the number of students who are not actually in the labour market which increased by 71,000 on the quarter to reach 2.30 million.

Commenting on the figures, the Labour Government’s Work and Pension Secretary Yvette Cooper, stated that the figures were in line with the government’s expectations.

She went on to say “What this shows is that we are not out of the woods yet,” and stated “That’s why it is so important that we keep increasing the support for the unemployed, but also that we sustain the overall support for the economy.”

I am not sure what wood she is referring to as I thought the Government were all at Sea having sent the Navy to Spain to rescue the stranded tourists yet another political farce.

Theresa May who is the shadow work and pensions secretary for the Conservatives, has stated that it was “grim news for tens of thousands of families up and down the country”. She went on to say “A clear sign that the government’s policies aren’t working”

Well that is not a surprise is it? Lets face it we have a Prime Minister who was the Chancellor of the Exchequer before that who has brought us to economic bankruptcy.

In the last week he has sent a Royal Navy Armada to Santander to collect stranded British tourists. He also announced on Monday that there would be 100 coaches at Madrid to bring British travelers caught in the volcanic ash fiasco to the Channel Ports as is usual with his statements that was not true.