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Dish Network's Way Forward Still Not Clear

Location:
Satellite Business News Inc, 1730 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

It is not exactly a secret that Dish Network has all but given up on its DBS service, choosing instead to concentrate on Sling TV while trying to squeeze out every last penny of profit from the satellite TV business.

Transmitter Identification Requirements for Video Uplink Transmissions

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

In this Order, we provide relief to many small businesses offering satellite news and video services from the unanticipated replacement costs associated with compliance with the Digital Video Broadcasting–Carrier Identification (DVB CID) standard.

Deletion of Agenda Item From August 3, 2017 Open Meeting

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The following Agenda item has been adopted by the Commission, and deleted from the list of items scheduled for consideration at the Thursday, August 3, 2017:

Murdochs’ TV Deal in Britain Hinges on 3 Words: ‘Fit and Proper’

Location:
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Recommendation:
2

“Fit and proper” is that so-perfectly British standard by which regulators decide whether a company should be allowed to gain and retain broadcast licenses. It’s based on the premise that those who control news, information and entertainment options on television and radio should be held to high ethical standards.

Justice Department Settles Civil Antitrust Claim Against AT&T and DIRECTV for Orchestrating Information Sharing Agreements with Competitors

Location:
Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20530-0001, United States
Recommendation:
4

The Department of Justice reached a settlement that will prohibit DIRECTV and its parent corporation, AT&T, from illegally sharing confidential, forward-looking information with competitors.

Remarks of FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly Before the Satellite Industry Association Annual Dinner

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Let me suggest that the future of your companies is in your hands and in the hands of the brilliant people that work with and for you. The new Commission would like – and expects – the private sector to spend more time bringing products and services to market, serving its customers, and less time sitting on the edge of your seats awaiting word from on high, in this case the Commission.

Seeking Ownership of Both the Information and the Superhighway

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
2

On the face of it, there is something Strangelovian about the proposed merger between AT&T and Time Warner.

AT&T Seeks to Shake Up Pay TV

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
Recommendation:
1

After spending nearly $50 billion in the summer of 2015 to acquire DirecTV, AT&T is preparing to roll out an internet video service that could upend its satellite-television business along with the rest of the pay-TV industry.

FCC Proposes Rules To Increase Availability Of Diverse And Independent Progamming To Consumers

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Communications Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to foster consumer choice and access to diverse programming on television.

AT&T lets customers stream AT&T-owned DirecTV with zero data cost

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
Recommendation:
2

AT&T is getting into the messy business of zero-rating, offering wireless data subscribers the opportunity to stream video from the DirecTV mobile app with no data costs at all. According to update notes from the latest version of the app, users can "stream DirecTV on your devices, anywhere — without using your data."

AT&T: IBEW Ratifies Contracts for Former DirecTV Employees

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
Recommendation:
2

AT&T said that the leadership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) has notified the company that IBEW-represented former DirecTV employees have voted to ratify two contracts.

Hearing Recap: Customer Service and Billing Practices in the Cable and Satellite Television Industry

Location:
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Dirksen Senate Office Building, room 342, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations held the hearing "Customer Service and Billing Practices in the Cable and Satellite Television Industry" to review billing and customer service practices in the cable and satellite television industry. T

Permanent Subcommittee On Investigations Joint Staff Report: Some Cable and Satellite Companies Do Not Refund Customer Overcharges

Location:
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Dirksen Senate Office Building, room 342, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
3

As part of its investigation of cable and satellite television companies, the Subcommittee reviewed how five companies—Charter Communications, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, DirecTV, and Dish (also known as “multichannel video programming distributors” or “MVPDs”)—identify and correct overcharges caused by company billing errors. The Subcommittee reviewed how the MVPDs investigate and remedy these billing errors, with particular focus on their efforts to make overcharged customers whole. We found that the MVPDs vary greatly with respect to how they handle billing overcharges.

Inside the Box: Customer Service and Billing Practices in the Cable and Satellite Industry

Location:
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Dirksen Senate Office Building, room 342, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
3

This report focuses on customer service and billing practices at three of the largest cable and the only two satellite television providers in operation when the Subcommittee’s investigation began in 2015: Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Charter, DirecTV, and Dish. At the end of 2015, these companies collectively had more than 71 million subscribers.

Statutory Copyright Licenses: Stakeholders' Views on a Phaseout of Licenses for Broadcast Programming

Location:
Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St., NW, Washington, DC, 20548, United States
Recommendation:
3

Congress created statutory licenses as a cost-effective way for operators to air broadcast programming without obtaining permission to do so from those that own the copyrights for this programming. However, changes in the video marketplace have led some industry stakeholders to question the need for the licenses.

FCC to Propose Overhauling Rules on Set-Top Boxes

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

Federal regulators soon are expected to propose overhauling rules for television set-top boxes, a move aimed at lowering bills for cable viewers and providing more access to Internet-based programming.

FCC Open Meeting January 2016

Jan 28 2016 - 10:30am - 12:30pm
Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Updated with agenda

FCC Ready for Cable, Satellite, Radio to Pony Up Files

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Communications Commission has signaled a final vote Jan 28 on its proposal to require radio, cable and satellite to post public inspection files, including political files, online.

Home Broadband 2015

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
4

Three notable changes relating to digital access and digital divides are occurring in the realm of personal connectivity, according to new findings from Pew Research Center surveys. First, home broadband adoption seems to have plateaued. Second, this downtick in home high-speed adoption has taken place at the same time there has been an increase in “smartphone-only” adults – those who own a smartphone that they can use to access the internet, but do not have traditional broadband service at home. Third, 15% of American adults report they have become “cord cutters”.

FCC Further Streamlines Satellite Licensing Rules

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Communications Commission adopted rules to comprehensively simplify and streamline the regulatory approval process for satellite licenses.

Dish CEO: Cable Could Be ‘Serious’ Wireless Competitor

Location:
Dish Network, 9601 South Meridian Boulevard, Englewood, CO, 80112, United States
Recommendation:
1

Dish Network chairman and CEO Charlie Ergen said cable’s recent moves in wireless could position the industry to be a serious competitor, but added it likely wouldn’t have an impact on his company.

Instead of pressing 'play' on new video regulations, FCC should take fresh look

Location:
Technology Policy Institute, 1401 Eye NW, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Federal Communications Commission is proposing to "modernize" its definition of Multichannel Video Programming Distributor (MVPD) to include video services delivered over the Internet in addition to cable and satellite video providers.

What is localism and does it still matter?

Location:
TVFreedom.org, Washington, DC, 20091, United States
Recommendation:
1

What is localism and does it still matter?

The Age of Satellites

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

On Oct 4 in 1957, humans sent their first satellite into space. Sputnik 1, named after the Russian word for “satellite,” was launched by the Soviet Union.

Nielsen Still Bullish On Code Reader Ratings

Location:
Nielsen, 770 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-9595, United States
Recommendation:
1

Nielsen’s top local-ratings executive expressed confidence in the company’s new code-reader measurement system – including the controversial component that derives demographic data from distant markets.

Notice of Effective date of Revised Effective Competition Rules

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

On June 3, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a rule which revised the FCC's rules related to Effective Competition, including the adoption of a rebuttable presumption that cable operators are subject to Competitive Provider Effective Competition.

Cable TV Attracts More Over the Top Viewers Than Satellite, Telecommunication Companies

Location:
Millward Brown Digital, 11 Madison Avenue, New York, NY, 10010, United States
Recommendation:
1

Some pay TV providers are better at attracting over the top (OTT) subscribers than others. That includes Time Warner Cable, Cablevision systems and Cox Communications.

OMB OKs FCC Effective Competition Paperwork

Location:
Office of Management and Budget (OMB), 725 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20503, United States
Recommendation:
1

The Federal Communications Commission's decision to presume cable operators have effective competition, effectively lifting rate regulations unless local franchising authorities or others could prove otherwise, has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget, according to a notice in the Federal Register.

FCC Approves Satellite Market Modification

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

In one of two votes under a Sept. 4 congressional deadline (the other the launch of retransmission negotiation rules), the Federal Communications Commission has voted to allow satellite operators to modify their markets to carry TV stations of significant interest to their viewers.

How the government helped end Dish, Sinclair TV blackouts

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

On August 26, the Federal Communications Commission took the unusual step of intervening in the Dish-Sinclair dispute, the latest move by an activist communications agency that has become impatient of the private sector's business disputes. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler called representatives from both companies to the agency in Southwest Washington to hash out their differences. By the close of business, in remarkably short time, the two sides came to an agreement.

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