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.
Dish Network continues to grapple with technical challenges as it tries to live-stream popular programming events through its Sling TV service.
With declining advertising rates and market share, Wall Street analysts are lowering their outlooks on Viacom on worries that the programmer will suffer the brunt of the cord-cutting trend due to its relatively young viewership and lack of sports programming. And it is exactly those issues that are sparking concerns that other MVPDs will join Suddenlink and Cable One in dropping Viacom's channel lineup altogether.
A Wisconsin TV station owner is taking aim at Dish Network in the satellite TV provider's ongoing retransmission battle with Sinclair Broadcast Group, arguing that Dish Network is using the same negotiating tactics that it is complaining about Sinclair using.
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.