$25.5 BILLION RUN AT SPRINT
making a $25.5 billion hostile takeover bid for Sprint, Dish
Network Chairman Charlie Ergen portrayed a combined Dish Network-Sprint
as the best way to create happier consumers who would be able
to purchase fixed mobile video, data, and phone services from
a single source.
WHITE: BETTER DEALER RELATIONS PAYING OFF
a theme touched on numerous times by other executives at the
opening session of DirecTvs seventh annual Dealer
Revolution event, DirecTv Chairman Mike White said independent
retailers are more important than ever to DirecTvs
efforts to add and keep more profitable customers, roll out new
video-related services, and make a bigger sales pushes into multiple-dwelling
units, commercial establishments, and other markets.
MOBILIZE AGAINST STATE TAXES
and Dish Network have turned to their customers in recent weeks
to try to help them turned back efforts by lawmakers in Vermont,
Texas, and Tennessee to pass legislation that would impose new
taxes on satellite TV service, but not cable.
RECORDER LEGAL BATTLES CONTINUE
no signs of moving toward a speedy conclusion, the litigation
taking place between Dish Network and the broadcast networks
over the ad-skipping, prime-time recording, and Slingbox functions
of Dish Networks latest multiroom digital video recorder
continued to plod through courts on both coasts, with most of
the activity taking place in the cases involving Fox and CBS.
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