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.
Tegna Media said it has agreed to an eight-day extension of its current retransmission licensing agreement with Dish Network, averting a black out involving 51 TV stations in 39 markets.
We have operated under the assumption for many years that spectrum is a scarce resource, sort of like high-priced housing markets where demand outstrips supply of 'buildable land'. Carriers pay billions of dollars for a precious few megahertz of additional capacity. Pricing of data services, still hovering at $8 per GB, sends a "use the network but not too much" type of message. The projected growth in video usage has us running to Wi-Fi. Fifty percent of the valuation of Sprint and Dish Network is attributed to their spectrum assets, while conversely, Wall Street analysts are bearish on AT&T and Verizon because their share of subscribers far outweighs their share of aggregate network capacity.
The nation's top publicly traded pay-TV companies have all reported their CEO salaries to the Securities and Exchange Commission, and FierceCable has collected all the data in one place. Below are the salary and compensation rates of the top eight highest paid CEOs among publicly traded cable, satellite and IPTV service providers.
Skinny bundles aren't a new phenomenon, certainly not to satellite provider DirecTV. Speaking to investors during the company's first quarter earnings call, DirecTV CEO Mike White said that the company has more than 1 million subscribers on its Entertainment Select package, which offers about 130 channels for $19.99 per month with a 24-month contract and $49.99 per month thereafter. The package includes premium channels HBO, Starz, Cinema and Showtime for three months.
The emergence of over-the-top services like Dish Network's Sling TV and Sony's PlayStation Vue illustrates that the pay-TV industry is getting more comfortable with over-the-top video services.