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January 15, 2013
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  Consumer Satellite Industry News 
  • CEO: DIRECTV beat expectations with 100,000 net subscriber adds
    DIRECTV netted 100,000 subscribers in the fourth quarter, CEO Mike White said last week, adding that the provider suffered less churn than it had expected. "That was significantly above where we thought we'd be," White told an investor conference, referring to the subscriber gains. He also said that DIRECTV's Latin American unit had surpassed projections. Reuters (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • DISH eyes more mini packages but will keep bundles
    DISH Network wants to introduce more mini packages of thematically similar channels, much like its current sports packs and Heartland Package, Senior Vice President of Programming David Shull said last week. He added that the move was not a sign the provider was moving to an a la carte menu of programming, but rather was a solution for offering subscribers lesser-viewed channels in a more cost-effective way. "We think that's the answer to the bundling conundrum the industry is facing," he said. Multichannel News (1/8), TVNewsCheck (free registration) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • DISH offers $3.30 a share for Clearwire, outbidding Sprint
    DISH Network last week bid $2.28 billion for Clearwire, topping Sprint Nextel's $2.20 billion offer, as the satellite provider continues its aggressive efforts to enter the wireless business. Clearwire plans to evaluate the offer and withhold from drawing on Sprint financing. "Spectrum is like oil, water and gold," DISH CEO Joe Clayton said after the bid was announced. DISH offered $3.30 a share versus Sprint's $2.97 bid. Reuters (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hughes scores mobile telemedicine deal with New England health group
    Hughes Network Systems was awarded a $500,000, four-year contract in mobile telemedicine with the New England Telehealth Consortium, the first of its kind for the broadband satellite provider. Hughes will serve the group with 8 megabits-per-second data services for health units providing care to migrant farm workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. The EchoStar-owned company also said that last year it shipped 487,000 broadband satellite terminals as part of its Gen4 Internet service. Network World (1/11), FierceCable (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology, Manufacturing & Trends 
  • Analysis: Set-top boxes are here to stay
    DISH Network was among the multichannel video providers who demonstrated new, "souped up set top boxes" at an electronics industry trade show last week, writes Shalini Ramachandran. Consumers continue to prefer the equipment over smart TVs and video-equipped gaming consoles largely because the set-tops can hold huge amounts of storage for recording shows. Next-generation boxes will be able to hold at least a terabyte of storage while allowing for multiple concurrent recordings and greater engagement with Internet-based video. The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • For TV sets, newer technologies have surpassed 3D
    Televisions with 3D capability took a back seat at last week's International Consumer Electronics Show as smart TVs, ultra HD and organic LED held most of the spotlight among TV-makers and attendees, according to reports from the show. The major manufacturers introduced units with such new features as gesture and voice control, and said they were working with content providers on developing 4K programming. The Verge (1/8), (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business News You Can Use 
  • How to handle an IRS audit
    The Internal Revenue Service might be shifting its focus to smaller companies, so it's important to know what to do in case your business ends up on its audit list. It's important to search for potential issues and to only provide information to the IRS that it has specifically asked for, Andrew Roberson and Brad McCormack write. "While it is easier to turn over to the IRS a pre-packaged deal book, doing so may raise issues the IRS was not inquiring about," they write. (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SBCA News 
  • A split-second decision
    SBCA certified technicians strive to go above and beyond while serving their customers in the field every day. Ken Davis, a former construction business owner, has always had a keen interest in providing good customer service. While on most calls, good customer service doesn't typically entail a life-threatening situation but, on this particular occasion, Davis went above and beyond the line of duty to make sure his customer's needs were met. Read the full story. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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