Signaling a concerning trend for pay-TV operators in the North American market, DirecTV reported subscriber losses of 28,000 for the third quarter. This compares unfavorably to the 139,000 U.S. customers DirecTV added in Q3 2013.
As he aggressively dragged a program licensing dispute into Dish Network's third-quarter earnings report Tuesday, I had to chuckle a bit at this particular Charlie Ergen barb: Choosing to permanently ditch Turner Networks' channels, he said it "would be a little bit tougher if their original programming was a success like AMC."
Responding somewhat rationally and unemotionally to a rather vicious earnings-call assault rendered upon it Tuesday by Charlie Ergen, Turner Networks released a statement saying it's "disappointed" and bewildered with the Dish Network chairman's comments.
Drawing clear battle lines of what CBS should expect as it looks to aggressively grow its broadcast retransmission fees amid its launch of OTT platforms, Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen confirmed that the newly launched CBS All Access is a major factor in his company's ongoing retrans renewal talks with the network.
While it's about time the FCC finally recognized that regulations for facilities-based MVPDs are "anachronistic," the commission is completely clueless about what broadband video really is, and what it means for media and entertainment's future, an analyst with The Diffusion Group says.
Despite running into several technical challenges in areas ranging from billing to encryption to ad insertion, Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen says his company still plans to launch its pared-down OTT-based pay-TV service by the end of the year.
Dish Network reported a loss of 12,000 pay-TV subscribers and a 4.8 percent uptick in revenue to $3.68 billion in the third quarter, missing Wall Street forecasts for both crucial metrics.
Dish Network is involved in yet another rights dispute with a regional sports network and, as things stand, will not carry 35 Minnesota Timberwolves games on Fox Sports North during this just-started NBA season.
A West Virginia federal court has ordered Dish Network to pay $22,500 to a Charleston man who accused the satellite operator of calling him 31 times to collect a debt for services he never had.
Few people think that Comcast's proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable is in regulatory jeopardy. "But the market is worried," said high-profile media analyst Craig Moffett, citing the growing spread between the two companies' respective share prices--a metric that has swelled to over 8 percent, the highest it's been since the deal was first announced in February.