Dish Network and Public Knowledge have found themselves in a familiar place, with a familiar name, once again leading a group of labor unions and tech coalitions to oppose the merger of large cable companies.
Nearly a year to the day after blacking out DirecTV in a retrans dispute, Cordillera Communications has taken 18 of its channels in 11 markets off Dish Network.
LAS VEGAS-- Continuing a tradition of making a flurry of major product announcements here at the annual CES trade show, Dish Network announced an upgraded version of its Hopper DVR with a whopping 16 tuners, as well as the first major user-interface changes to its year-old IP-based Sling TV service.
Dish Network continues to lobby the FCC to reject Charter Communications' proposed takeovers of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, accusing the cable operator of anti-competitive practices in regard to the satellite service's IP-based Sling TV product.
Now averaging about one ex parte filing a week, Dish Network targeted the Bright House Networks piece of Charter Communications' aggressive cable acquisition spree in its latest query to the FCC.
The merger of Charter Communications with Time Warner Cable and Bright House networks will put too much ISP marketshare in the hands of just two cable companies (Comcast would be the other one) and the deal should be rejected, according to Dish Network. The company made its claims in another filing to the FCC on the topic.
Despite a number of product debuts by some of the largest pay-TV providers, including DirecTV, Comcast and Dish Network, the overall industry has yet to fully embrace 4K services.
Dish Network is facing the end of an eight-day extension with TV broadcast group Tegna and could see 47 network affiliates blacked out on its program guide Friday night if a retransmission renewal agreement, or another extension, can't be hammered out.
A 10-month stay has been lifted in 21st Century Fox's court battle with Dish Network over the AutoHop DVR feature, after the two sides failed to come to terms on a new retransmission licensing deal for the Fox Broadcasting Network.
Dish Network's designated entities (DEs), in which Dish holds an 85 percent economic stake, agreed to give up around a third of the paired AWS-3 spectrum licenses they won earlier this year in an FCC auction-- mostly spectrum licenses covering New York, Chicago and Boston. Analysts from Jefferies noted that the companies' abandoned licenses dovetail with AT&T and T-Mobile coverage areas, but leave open the prospect of a transaction with Verizon.