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March 27, 2014
10:09 EDTDISH, SFTBFSoftbank, DISH in talks regarding wireless broadband alliance, Reuters 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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12:44 EDTDISHFCC Chairman Wheeler says to convene emergency meeting with DISH, Sinclair
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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 24, 2015
08:51 EDTSFTBFNetflix confirms partnership with SoftBank ahead of Japan launch
SoftBank Corp (SFTBF) and Netflix (NFLX) confirmed that SoftBank, among Japanese telecommunications companies, will exclusively offer a fully integrated Netflix experience, including billing, when Netflix Japan launches on September 2. Under the agreement, SoftBank customers will be able to sign up for Netflix at SoftBank Shops, major electronics retailers, via the SoftBank website and via SoftBank call centers without filling out payment information, with Netflix's monthly fee added to their bill. In addition, SoftBank will begin pre-installing the Netflix app on its smartphones for sale after October 2015.
06:07 EDTSFTBFNetflix partners with SoftBank ahead of Japan launch, Japan Times reports
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August 19, 2015
18:07 EDTSFTBFSoftBank COO to purchase Y60B stake in company, expected to succeed CEO
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17:25 EDTSFTBFSoftBank leads $1B investment round for online lender SoFi, WSJ says
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10:20 EDTDISHBig telecom firms put M&A on hold, CTFN reports
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06:13 EDTSFTBFSnapdeal secures $500M in investment round led by Alibaba, Softbank
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06:05 EDTSFTBFSoftbank to invest in geothermal power generation, Nikkei says
Softbank subsidiary SB Energy will invest in developing renewable energy, extend construction and operation from PV and wind power to geothermal power generation, reports Nikkei News earlier this week. SB Energy already intends to build 27 huge megasolar power plants across Japan by fiscal 2017, and it also has plans for two wind farms. The company expects to begin construction of the plant in one to two years and launch operations by 2020. Reference Link
August 18, 2015
18:35 EDTSFTBFSoftbank increases Sprint stake by roughly 16.8M shares
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11:34 EDTSFTBFSprint rises on plans to abandon two-year contracts
Sprint shares are higher this morning after the company's chief executive officer said that the carrier plans to move away from two-year contracts. WHAT'S NEW: In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said that the company will stop offering two-year contracts by the end of 2015 in favor of a "smartphone lease" model. Sprint began offering a lease option last year, The Journal noted, and Claure said the carrier is planning to move entirely to that model by the end of the year. As part of its shift, Sprint yesterday unveiled iPhone Forever, a new leasing plan that starts at $22 per month for an iPhone. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a similar move earlier this month, Sprint rival Verizon (VZ) said it would drop phone subsidies and two-year contracts for new customers. T-Mobile (TMUS), another market rival, abandoned contracts over two years ago, leaving AT&T (T) as the only major U.S. carrier still offering to subsidize new smartphone purchases. Separately, Softbank (SFTBF), Sprint's primary stakeholder, disclosed last week that it increased its holdings in the company to approximately 80%, though the company said it does not plan for its stake in the carrier to exceed 85%. Meanwhile, a study released Tuesday by RootMetrics, an independent company that evaluates wireless networks, shows that Sprint is improving its network, having solidified third place nationally in overall performance, surpassing T-Mobile for the second consecutive six-month stretch. PRICE ACTION: Sprint is up 7c, or 1.52%, to $4.67 in morning trading.
10:17 EDTDISHDisney downgraded as Wells moves away from content providers
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06:11 EDTDISHFCC: Dish can't apply $3.3B in credits in airwaves auction, AP reports
The FCC said that Dish Network may not apply $3.3B in small-business credits towards buying airwaves it acquired in a government auction, the Associated Press reports. Reference Link
06:08 EDTSFTBFeBay expected to announce sale of some of Snapdeal stake, Re/code reports
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August 16, 2015
14:24 EDTDISHDISH, Sinclair reach short term contract extension, ask for stay on FCC action
DISH Network (DISH) and Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBGI) announced they have agreed to a short term contract extension as they continue to negotiate a new retransmission agreement. The current agreement was set to expire Saturday night. "The extension preserves DISH customer access to 153 local channels in 79 markets nationwide," said DISH. DISH is asking the Federal Communications Commission to stay action on its verified retransmission complaint and request for preliminary injunctive relief as the two parties continue to negotiate.
14:19 EDTDISHDISH files FCC complaint against Sinclair ahead of potential channel blackout
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