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Vivek Khemka champions disruptive thinking at DISH

CTO helped DISH become the first pay TV provider to make Netflix accessible on its set-top box


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VIVEK KHEMKA

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT + CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER | DISH

|CONSUMER SERVICES, SATELLITE TELEVISION PROVIDER|

At DISH, Vivek Khemka oversees the development and execution of technology strategy for DISH and Sling TV, and manages DISH’s product roadmaps, video, online and mobile, user experience, broadband and commercial products. He led the product and marketing launch of DISH’s Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR, an award-winning set-top box.

INVENTION

The company offers Sling TV, which enables people to watch video on devices other than their television sets. For people who still want to watch shows on a television, DISH says it was the first pay TV provider to make the video-streaming service Netflix accessible on its set-top box, with no additional equipment necessary, and no need to switch TV inputs. “We took this integration to market more than a year before the cable companies started following DISH’s lead,” he says. 

INSPIRATION

Khemka, who previously worked at Motorola, has always been interested in engineering products that solve everyday problems.

“While I spent many years in the mobile phone industry designing and building devices, I realized how fulfilling it was to witness the positive impact technology has on people’s lives – from communication to productivity to self-expression,” he says.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

Khemka is responsible for more than 1,800 employees across several business units, including design, engineering, product management and the operations of DISH’s video distribution system. “Our work environment champions disruptive thinking,” he says.

“We move fast, take chances, learn and innovate.”

TECH TREND TO WATCH

The consumer-facing future will be one of virtual reality and augmented reality. Advances in machine learning, or artificial intelligence, are going to impact people’s everyday interactions

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Nora Caley

Nora Caley is a freelance writer specializing in business and food topics.

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