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.
With CNN's ratings hitting record lows recently, Dish Network chairman Charlie Ergen is using licensing renewal negotiations with Turner Networks to scale back on smaller services.
Dish Network has taken CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and half a dozen other Turner Networks channels off its program guide after reaching an impasse in program licensing renewal talks.
Duck season. Rabbit season. No--earnings season. Leaders of the top cable, satellite and IPTV operators will be forced in the coming weeks to get on the phone with their investors and analysts and spill some beans. Who is losing gobs of subscribers? Who is watching program costs shred their bottom lines? It is all summarized in FierceCable 's running third-quarter earnings report diary, which can be found here.
A federal judge has issued a key tentative decision in favor of Dish Network in its court battle with Fox, ruling that the pay-TV operator's "Primetime Anytime" DVR feature does not infringe on the programmer's copyright.