PLANNED ON-LINE DIRECTV OPTIONS
it declined to provide any pricing and programming details yet,
AT&T started to outline its plans to begin offering three
wireline or wireless on-line streaming options in the fourth
quarter that will enable consumers to watch DirecTvs service
without installing a satellite dish.
CHARTS RETURN TO SUB GROWTH
wake of the company saying it lost a net total of 12,000 combined
subscribers to its DBS service and on-line Sling TV offering
during last years fourth quarter, and lost 81,000 net video
subscribers for the full year, Dish Network Chairman Charlie
Ergen said he thinks the company will return to net video subscriber
growth as Sling TV attracts more customers.
NBC TALK THROUGH 'COOLING OFF' PERIOD
their latest retransmission consent-distribution talks boiled
over into a public dispute that included a multifaceted warning
campaign by Comcasts NBC and Dish Network filing a lawsuit
objecting to it, the two sides were in a cooling off
period at press time that kept NBCs local television stations
and national programming channels in the DBS services line-up.
STARTS VIDEO PROCEEDING
the objections of the two Republican commissioners, and the equally
vocal opposition of numerous lawmakers and cable and satellite
TV services, the Federal Communications Commission initiated
a proposed rulemaking proceeding that would require the development
of a new standard that would enable consumers to buy a single
satellite TV receiver, cable set-top box, or other device to
receive video programming from traditional video services or
via the Internet.