Two new reports from top Wall Street research firms both offer a surprisingly positive outlook on the cable sector, singling out the likes of Comcast, Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable as operators best positioned to take advantage of the upheaval in the pay-TV sector.
Dish Network and DirecTV appear to have each separately launched websites aimed at educating their customers about retransmission negotiations and encouraging them not to switch providers due to programming blackouts.
Dish Network will pay a $225,000 fine and credit $4.25 to an estimated 96,500 eligible customers in Wisconsin, or approximately $635,125, for failing to properly communicate rate hikes and the company's cancellation policy.
Dish Network continues to negotiate with local TV broadcaster Sinclair Broadcasting over a new retransmission agreement-- the two companies narrowly averted a blackout of Sinclair's local TV station on Dish's satellite-based pay-TV service on Saturday.
How many subscribers to Dish Network's core satellite service were lost in the second quarter? And how many customers does Dish's new Sling TV streaming service have nearly six months after launch?
Dish Network reported a 3.7 percent rise in second quarter earnings to $3.83 billion, but the company lost a whopping 81,000 subscribers during the three-month period.
NBCUniversal confirmed to FierceCable that it will not run advertisements for Dish Network's OTT Sling TV service on its owned and operated stations in San Francisco, San Diego, New York and Washington D.C.
There was one topic conspicuous in its absence during Apple's quarterly conference call this week: The company's plans for the TV. And that's surprising given the TV industry's remarkably rapid embrace of everything a la carte and OTT, from HBO Now to Showtime's OTT service to Dish's Sling TV to Comcast's Stream.
Graham Media said five of its stations in Texas, Florida and Detroit are set to go dark on Dish Network, signaling the latest negotiation breakdown for broadcast retransmission licensing.
Dish Network has launched the first series of TV commercials for Sling TV since launching the OTT service in early February.