Now that the FCC's AWS-3 spectrum auction has raised more than $34 billion in provisional winning bids, a great deal of attention is turning to the role Dish Network may be playing in the bidding--and what the company might do with any spectrum it winds up with once the auction ends. FierceWireless ' Phil Goldstein examines the satellite operator's strategy in this report.
Already in various states of impasse with Turner Networks and CBS Corp. over program-rights renewals, Dish Network is facing the prospect of four Comcast-owned regional sports networks going dark on its service during the first week of December.
Dish Network and Turner Broadcasting announced an end to a bitter carriage standoff that saw CNN disappear from the satellite operator's program guide for a month, and also threatened to pull TNT and TBS from the service.
The Senate has unanimously approved a House bill that enables satellite-based pay-TV operators to pipe in broadcast signals from distant network stations to rural areas that lack a network affiliate.
With its carriage deal with Dish Network expiring Thursday, Nov. 20, CBS Corp. has agreed keep its channels on the satellite operator's program guide until Nov. 25.
The House of Representatives passed a compromise version of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization (STELAR), keeping intact language that would end the FCC's ban on set-top boxes with integrated security features.
As predicted by analysts and the satellite carrier itself, the auction established a value for Dish's wireless licenses. And that value is certainly pleasing to Dish shareholders, with the highly successful auction heading in its late rounds towards total bids of $20 billion, nearly double the $10.07 billion reserve price.
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Turner Networks began warning Dish Network customers Tuesday that TNT and TBS could go dark on their satellite service Dec. 5, joining CBS in simultaneous public carriage battles against the pay-TV operator.
After launching a series of TV commercials warning Dish Network subscribers that they could soon lose access to SEC football games, Naval Criminal Investigative Services-themed procedural dramas and the Big Bang Theory, CBS Corp. sent out a statement Tuesday accusing the satellite operator of "dragging its feet for months" in retrans negotiations.