Punctuated by the loss of 281,000 customers in the second quarter, Dish Network's steady stream of retrans battles and carriage wars has resulted in the loss of 7.5 percent of its subscriber base in just one year.
Entering the second month of a blackout that has kept 42 Tribune-owned network affiliates in 33 markets off Dish Network, Charlie Ergen, chairman and CEO of the satellite TV service, said his company is "tens of millions of dollars apart" with the broadcaster, and didn't sound hopeful about one of the largest ever retrans-related blackouts ending soon.
Dish Network's customer losses exceeded even robust analysts forecast for the second quarter, with the DBS provider dropping a whopping 281,000 net pay-TV subscribers, the company reported today.
During a Senate hearing Thursday aimed at questioning pay-TV operators about customer service, Dish Network used the occasion to take another shot at broadcasters and blackouts caused by retransmission disputes.
Dish Network this week filed lawsuits against Tribune Broadcasting and Tower Distribution, owner of WGN, over a blackout affecting 42 stations in 33 markets. Tribune responded by calling the lawsuits "frivolous" and accusing Dish of always putting itself before the needs of its subscribers.
Tribune Broadcasting today responded to Dish Network's call for binding arbitration in the two companies' retransmission negotiations, calling it a "hollow offer, designed to mislead consumers and avoid returning to meaningful negotiation."
Dish Network and BidSwitch today announced a partnership that will place Dish's ONPOINT programmatic TV platform into BidSwitch's real-time partner ecosystem, introducing Dish's programmatic ad inventory to an additional 150 demand partners.
No one is more interested in seeing additional 5G spectrum made available than AT&T, but it isn't buying a Dish Network-led proposal to change the rules for Multichannel Video Data and Distribution (MVDDS) spectrum.
Noting the need for spectrum to support 5G, Dish Network and 10 other members of the MVDDS 5G Coalition are asking the FCC to initiate a rulemaking proceeding designed to permit MVDDS licensees to use their 12.2-12.7 GHz spectrum to provide 2-way mobile broadband services.
Now that the first-quarter 2016 earnings season is done, it's time to reflect on what is likely the last quarter before Charter acquires Time Warner Cable and Altice NV acquires Cablevision. FierceCable has assembled a complete look at the first-quarter earnings season, ranking the top cable, satellite and telco pay-TV operators and offering a look at their performance in a number of key metrics, including subscriber growth and average revenues per user (ARPU).