Charter Communications continues to work to obtain regulatory approval for its massive purchases of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, arguing that the resulting company-- dubbed New Charter-- would only service roughly 21 percent of all American broadband customers. Charter noted that figure is "less than Comcast and only slightly more than AT&T."
The owner of Evansville, Ind., CBS affiliate WEVV-TV said Dish Network has paid it an undisclosed sum in back interest fees, plus interest, after the broadcaster sued the satellite operator in August.
With Thursday marking the final day for public commenting on the proposed merger of Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, a coalition representing AT&T, Verizon and other telecom companies asked the FCC to impose specific limits as a condition of the deal's approval.
MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett has upwardly revised his estimate of third quarter pay-TV customer losses from 226,000 to 357,000, based on what he said were satellite TV subscriber losses by Dish Network that were masked by its IP-video service, Sling TV.
For the second consecutive quarter, analysts have accused Dish Network of masking significant subscriber losses in its core satellite TV business with customer growth in its Sling TV OTT unit.
After back-to-back product introductions at the beginning of this year by DirecTV, Comcast and Dish Network, it looked as though pay-TV was going to embrace 4K/UltraHD in a pretty significant way in 2015. But save for a few sporadic announcements about 4K-enabling satellite launches, there has been little if any actual movement in the pay-TV industry on the UltraHD topic since January.
Dish Network announced pay-TV's first programmatic ad exchange for linear television.
Dish Network led a chorus of complaints against the proposed merger of Charter Communications with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. In filings with the FCC, Dish, the Writers Guild of America for the West, set-top maker Zoom Telephonics, public-interest groups and others generally argued that the proposed transaction would limit competition in the cable industry, thus affecting Charter's competitors and broadband Internet users across the country.
Dish Network and Tegna announced on Sunday that they reached a long-term TV broadcast retransmission agreement. The companies declined to provide the terms of the deal.
Deutsche Bank analysts Bryan Kraft, Clay Griffin and Sunny Kwak say Dish Network is still "in the driver's seat" in regard to its wireless spectrum assets.