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WEDNESDAY AUG. 27, 2014

DISH NETWORK PROFIT GROWS; SUB LOSSES SLOW
In the face of “aggressive promotions” from competitors, a “weak economy,” and industry upheaval in the form of various proposed mergers, Dish Network managed to slow its net subscriber losses in the second quarter of this year, as well as increase its profit, Dish Network President Joe Clayton said during a recent conference call.

DIRECTV RIDES OUT SUBSCRIBER LOSS FOR PROFIT
Pushed over the top by higher overall revenues and stronger than expected net subscriber growth in Latin America, DirecTv overcame a net loss of U.S. DBS subscribers to turn in a larger profit during the second quarter of this year, the company said.

 

ERGEN BANKS ON WIRELESS VALUE
Though selling the wireless spectrum it has accumulated in recent years still remains an option, Dish Network would prefer to use that spectrum to provide services that would complement its core video service, either on its own or in some form of partnership, Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen said during a recent conference call.

SENATORS DRAW VARIES VIEWS ON 'LOCAL CHOICE' IDEA
WASHINGTON—While broadcasters argued against it, a group backed by DirecTv, Dish Network, and others threw its support behind a legislative proposal from Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) and ranking committee Republican John Thune (R-S.D.) that would, among other major retransmission consent rule changes, enable consumers to decide whether they want to pay the price broadcasters want to charge for local TV stations.

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SEPT. 19, 2014

SENATE COMMERCE COMMITTEE MOVES BILL AHEAD
DISH NETWORK PRESSES AT&T-DIRECTV CONDITIONS
SIDES SIGNAL OK WITH LEGISLATION
NEWS & NOTES: The National Cable and Telecommunications Association said this week it plans to rename its annual trade show INTX, the Internet and Television Expo. The event, scheduled to take place May 5-7 in Chicago, will expand to include Internet-delivered video services, in addition to the shows traditional focus on cable operators and programmers, the NCTA said in a statement...EchoStar’s Sling Media unit said a Slingbox application is now available to users of Google’s Chromecast device.
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