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July 9, 2014
15:54 EDTDTV, CMCSA, T, DISH, TWCDISH expresses concerns over Comcast, AT&T deals to FCC
DISH Network (DISH) submited a letter summarizing its meetings on Monday, July 7, with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and others at the regulator. In the letter, DISH wrote that the pending merger of Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC) "presents serious competitive concerns for the broadband and video marketplaces and therefore should be denied." DISH also said that it had expressed during its meetings that the recently announced deal between AT&T (T) and DIRECTV (DTV) "presents competitive concerns." During the meetings, DISH said that it plans to participate in the upcoming AWS-3 auction and "looks forward to meaningfully participating in the upcoming 600 MHz Broadcast Incentive Auction," the letter states. Reference Link
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August 27, 2015
11:43 EDTTAT&T management to meet with
Meetings to be held in Boston/New York September 2-3 hosted by Jefferies.
11:25 EDTTSamsung Pay beta available on all U.S. carriers except Verizon, Verge reports
Samsung (SSNLF) Pay's beta is available on all major U.S. carriers, including AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), and U.S. Cellular (USM), except for Verizon (VZ), the Verge reports. Verizon is "evaluating" Samsung Pay currently, and may very well miss the September 28th launch of the product, the report says. Reference Link
06:40 EDTCMCSANielsen to start tracking for online streaming shows, WSJ reports
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August 26, 2015
18:47 EDTDISHDISH, Sinclair Broadcast reach agreement, form basis for long-term deal
DISH Network (DISH) announced that it and Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBGI) have reached an agreement in principle "that will form the basis of a long-term retransmission consent agreement" for carriage of Sinclair's local channels in 79 markets nationwide. Restoration of Sinclair signals to DISH's system is underway. "We are grateful for the FCC's work on behalf of consumers to actively broker a productive path forward," said DISH, adding that it is asking the Federal Communications Commission to stay action on DISH's verified amended and restated retransmission complaint and request for preliminary injunctive relief as the long-term agreement is being finalized. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
18:24 EDTDISHSinclair Broadcast, DISH reach retransmission consent pact in principal
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13:45 EDTTAT&T ends airport Wi-Fi ads experiment, Re/code reports
AT&T has ended serving ads to consumers using its free Wi-Fi at two Washington, D.C.-area airports, Re/code reports. The company told Re/code that it was conducting an experiment of "an ongoing effort to explore alternate ways to deliver a free Wi-Fi service that is safe, secure and fast." Reference Link
12:44 EDTDISHFCC Chairman Wheeler says to convene emergency meeting with DISH, Sinclair
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12:30 EDTTAT&T may need to choose between dividend and credit rating, CTFN reports
AT&T, despite acquiring DirecTV, may have to choose between maintaining its credit rating and its dividend in a few years as web video displaces satellite, CTFN reports, citing two credit analysts and a senior executive. AT&T has reduced the pressure from high dividend payments after the DirecTV purchase, but "it could be back in the same situation within three years if DirecTV's cash flow isn't sustainable," according to Mark Stodden, VP and senior credit officer at Moody's. AT&T spokesperson said that any suggestion that it needs to reduce its dividend "ignores the facts," the report says. Reference Link
10:01 EDTCMCSAComcast Cable accepting proposals for two Hispanic-American owned networks
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09:02 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable Business named as national vendor by MiCTA
Time Warner Cable Business Class announced the company has been selected as an approved national vendor for MiCTA, an association representing non-profit groups, including schools, healthcare, government and other organizations. The approved vendor status allows MiCTA members to take advantage of fiber-delivered Ethernet services and Dedicated Internet Access offered by TWCBC, at a pre-negotiated rate. This also eliminates the need for members to conduct their own competitive bidding for services, which makes procurement streamlined, easier and more time-efficient.
05:30 EDTDISHDISH renews formal complaint with FCC against Sinclair Broadcast
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05:17 EDTDISHDISH says Sinclair Broadcast chooses to initiate channel blackout
Despite reaching an agreement on rates and all other terms for the carriage of the Sinclair local stations, DISH (DISH) said that this afternoon Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBGI) chose to begin the largest local channel blackout in the history of television, blocking DISH customers' access to 129 local channels in 79 markets across 36 states and the District of Columbia, and intentionally harming and exploiting millions of innocent consumers to gain negotiating leverage for carriage of an unrelated cable channel that it hopes to acquire but does not own today. Warren Schlichting, DISH senior vice president of programming, said, "Sinclair rejected our extension offer and has chosen to use innocent consumers as pawns to gain leverage for the economic benefit of Sinclair, while causing substantial harm and disruption to the lives of consumers." DISH and Sinclair had been making steady progress in their recent negotiations, and DISH was hopeful that they would come to a mutual agreement to renew carriage of the Sinclair local stations. In that spirit, DISH offered another short-term contract extension to Sinclair that would include a retroactive "true-up" when new rates were agreed upon, and would preserve the ability of DISH customers to access the Sinclair local stations while our negotiations continued. The "true-up" would ensure that Sinclair was made whole at the new rates for the period of any contract extension. Rather than accept DISH's good faith offer, Sinclair Broadcast Group chose to begin the largest local channel blackout in the history of television, blocking DISH customers' access to 129 local channels in 79 markets, and intentionally harming and exploiting millions of innocent consumers to gain negotiating leverage for carriage of an unrelated cable channel that it hopes to acquire but does not own today.
August 25, 2015
19:16 EDTCMCSATV service Hulu to feature programmatic ads powered by Facebook, Oracle
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13:59 EDTCMCSAHouzz acquires GardenWeb from NBCUniversal
Houzz, a start-up that operates a platform for home remodeling and design, announced on its corporate blog that it has completed the acquisition of the GardenWeb home and gardening community from Comcast's NBCUniversal. Reference Link
08:33 EDTCMCSAComcast expands advanced fiber network to Meyers Business Park
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07:07 EDTCMCSAComcast to increase speeds for Xfinity Twin Cities area customers
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06:25 EDTTAT&T to rebrand services in Mexico, WSJ reports
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August 24, 2015
16:00 EDTTOptions Update; August 24, 2015
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August 23, 2015
19:13 EDTTBT executive says Verizon, AT&T abusing landline duopoly, FT reports
In a Financial Times interview published Sunday, BT Group's (BT) Americas president Bas Burger said Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) are abusing their control over telephone and broadband lines to charge inappropriate access fees to companies like BT. "For a western world country it is the worst I've seen... There is not sufficient regulation to create competition: almost all access is being provided by two companies and they have divided the country among themselves," remarked Burger, adding that the two companies are also not required to fix network problems within any specific timeframe. Reference Link
16:22 EDTCMCSA'Straight Outta Compton' finds little contention for No. 1 box office spot
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