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March 12, 2013
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  • DIRECTV CFO sees major programming cost hikes as "new norm"
    The huge spikes in programming costs passed onto pay-TV providers are becoming the "new norm" in the industry, said DIRECTV Chief Financial Officer Patrick Doyle. "It behooves the industry to try to match up a little better with [programming] cost increases," Doyle said at an investors meeting last week. Last month, DIRECTV predicted that programming costs per subscriber would rise 8% this year. The Wall Street Journal (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • DIRECTV may not renew exclusive NFL Sunday Ticket rights: DIRECTV's 20-year exclusive deal for out-of-market NFL Sunday games may end when its contract expires next year, Chief Financial Officer Patrick Doyle said, noting that the company has found it difficult to profit from the $1 billion annual package. "We're not necessarily concerned about going to nonexclusive, if it's structured properly," he said. FierceCable (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • DISH turns to propane vans to reduces costs, carbon footprint
    DISH Network estimated that its purchase of 200 vans that use propane fuel would save hundreds of thousands of dollars each year as well as 12.5 million pounds of carbon emissions over the lifetime of the Ford Motor cargo vans. The satellite operator said it would deploy the vans in five cities, which would cut fuel costs by 55%. Reuters (3/6), Multichannel News (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology, Manufacturing & Trends 
  • Connected TVs are starting to click with public, poll shows
    Just over 3 in 10 of those shopping for a TV are looking for one that can connect to the Web, compared with 18% last year, the IHS Smart TV Consumer Survey has found. The rising interest in connected TVs is likely being driven by price drops for connected models, with more than half of consumers citing cost as the main influence on their purchase, compared with about 28% last year. GigaOm (3/6), (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Kitchens can serve as hub of entertainment centers
    Kitchens can serve as the focus of a home communications and entertainment center, complete with satellite TV service over wall-mounted TV, in-ceiling speakers and home-monitoring controls. Kitchens, a focal point for many people's in-home activities, can also feature built-in systems that can control energy and other settings throughout the rest of the home. (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business News You Can Use 
  • Don't be too attached to your business plan
    Your company is likely to change in unexpected ways after you launch, so sticking stubbornly to your business plan is a mistake, according to Mike Michalowicz, author of "The Pumpkin Plan: A Simple Strategy to Grow A Remarkable Business In Any Field." Instead, focus on your core purpose for starting a business, and understand that your target audience may be different than you originally expect, he recommends. Forbes (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Understand Your SBCA Member Benefits webinar
    The Understand Your SBCA Member Benefits webinar will be held Wednesday, March 20 at 4 p.m. Eastern Daylight time. Register at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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