The top media analysts have churned through the forensics of the carriage renewal deal between Dish and Viacom and the results are in: Viacom fared better than expected.
Dish Network and Viacom announced a new multi-year carriage agreement, with the satellite operator securing live and VOD licensing rights to the conglomerate's programming for its IP-based Sling TV platform.
LAS VEGAS- The long-anticipated carriage battle between Dish Network and Viacom is officially a thing.
Ligado Networks is telling the FCC that spectrum coordination issues raised by SNR Wireless are nothing new and either already have been addressed or can be addressed during the commission's proceeding on service rules for the 1675-1680 MHz band.
Another Dish Network affiliate, this time Northstar Wireless, is asking the FCC to carefully consider "complications" as it considers Ligado Networks' proposal to use the 1675-1680 MHz band for terrestrial mobile downlink transmissions. Such a plan introduces "meaningful challenges" regarding the efficient use of the recently licensed AWS-3 spectrum, according to Northstar's filing with the FCC.
Media General has begun informing viewers of 70 of its stations in 48 TV markets that it will pull its broadcast feed off Dish Network if a new broadcast retransmission deal isn't reached with the satellite operator by Sunday.
While Ligado Networks, as the former LightSquared, worked through plenty of opposition in the GPS community, its proposal to conduct terrestrial mobile downlink operations in the 1675-1680 MHz band is triggering opposition from the AWS-3 spectrum community.
The FCC's upcoming incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum has attracted over 104 applicants, creating what Chairman Tom Wheeler hopes will result in a "spectrum extravaganza."
Dish Network says it's suing NBCUniversal after the programmer ran commercials warning viewers that a retrans/carriage impasse with the satellite could result in a loss of access to NBCU channels.
NBCUniversal could pull its broadcast stations and cable channels off Dish Network if a broad-reaching retrans and carriage renewal agreement can't be worked out by Sunday.