While some investment analysts have predicted that carriage renewal talks between Dish Network and Viacom will break down, Evercore's Vijay Jayant thinks both sides have too much to lose to wage a protracted blackout battle.
His streaming service may be owned by one of the biggest pay-TV operators in North America, but Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch continues to take shots at traditional pay-TV services.
AMSTERDAM-- Roger Lynch, the CEO of Dish Network's Sling TV service, said the company is evaluating Apple's new TV service and might develop a Sling TV app for the platform.
A week after facing down Sinclair Broadcast Group in a heated retransmission negotiation that involved the blackout of 129 stations, Dish Network was sued by a single CBS affiliate in Evansville, Ind. for allegedly coming up short on retransmission payments.
Taking a shot at a regulatory agency that is about to make key decisions on the future of broadcast retransmission negotiations, Sinclair Broadcast Group said the FCC did "nothing" to lead it to make a deal with Dish Network earlier this week that ended a record-sized TV station blackout.
Dish Network said it has reached another short-term broadcast retransmission extension with Sinclair Broadcast Group, halting a 24-hour blackout of 129 Sinclair TV stations on Dish's satellite pay-TV service.
The dynamics of cable carriage and broadcast retransmission negotiations differ. But in blacking out its 129 broadcast affiliate stations on the program guides of around 5 million Dish Network customers this week, Sinclair might have been thinking it found a late-summer scheduling sweet spot to dig its heels in-- not yet pre-empting into any serious viewing events, but cutting it close enough to get Dish's attention.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has called an emergency meeting of the agency's Media Bureau, following the blackout of 129 Sinclair Broadcasting stations in 79 markets on Dish Network.
Michael Hawkey, who has headed EchoStar's Sling Media unit and its Slingbox product line for the past two years, is leaving the company to join Rovi Corp.
The NAB is accusing pay-TV operators, specifically naming Dish Network, DirecTV and Mediacom, of manufacturing retransmission-related disputes with broadcasters in order to influence regulatory decision-making.