NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- EchoStar ( SAT) shares have been gaining over the past few days after it announced it acquired assets of Utah-based Move Networks as part of its push to deliver video streaming over the Internet.

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"We're pleased to bring aboard the talents and proficiencies in adaptive streaming and Internet protocol television from Move Networks, which will enable us to expand our portfolio of advanced television technologies serving cable, satellite, telcos and IPTV video providers," said EchoStar president and CEO Mike Dugan in a statement on Friday.

As consumers change the way they access video content, cable and pay-TV companies are beginning to offer more on-demand and Internet-based services to retain subscribers.

"TV providers are increasingly demanding the highest quality video delivery over normal Internet connections," EchoStar executive vice president Roger Lynch said. "Move Network's patent portfolio and proven customer experience allow us to give clients the core technology necessary to stream live and video on-demand content."

Move Networks founder Drew Major first introduced his products in 2006. He believes that adaptive streaming allows for video content to be "reliably delivered over the Internet at the high resolution quality that is intended."

Dish Network ( DISH), which split from Echostar in January 2008, has also been gaining in recent days after the company released news about its own on-demand offering last week.

The company said that its remote access service is now available on Android tablets. Dish's remote access lets customers with a Sling-enabled device watch live and recorded TV on a variety of devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops.

"Now Dish Network customers can enjoy their TV Everywhere experience on tablets like the Galaxy Tab, as well as the dozens of new Android based tablet devices soon to be introduced," Dish chief marketing officer Ira Bahr said in a press release.

EchoStar shares are up 2.8% today to around $26.75 while Dish is gaining about 1.9% to around $21.40.

-- Written by Theresa McCabe in Boston.

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