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January 22, 2013
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  Consumer Satellite Industry News 
  • DISH calls out CBS for its interference in CNET award
    A full-page DISH Network ad in The New York Times calls out CBS and CNET for disqualifying its Hopper DVR from receiving a "Best of CES" award, which CNET gives out based on the Consumer Electronics Show. CBS is among a group of broadcasters suing DISH over the Hopper DVR because of its ad-skipping capabilities, and the company cited the litigation in forcing CNET, which it owns, to remove the Hopper from consideration. The DISH ad tells consumers that "Your vote is the only one that really matters." Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Court gives DISH a victory on FCC TV standards
    A U.S. Court of Appeals has agreed with DISH Network that the Federal Communications Commission lacked the authority to impose standards backed by cable companies that would let multichannel TV customers view their services without the need of set-top boxes. DISH had argued that guidelines the agency issued on programming encryption would have discouraged studios from making pay-per-view deals. Reuters (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HughesNet lands EPA order to serve radiation-monitoring system
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week picked Hughes Network Systems' satellite broadband services to help the agency monitor radiation for one year at 50 sites under the EPA's RadNet program, Hughes announced. The satellite company will provide broadband satellite terminals and other equipment that will upgrade RadNet and support its conversion into a private network. (free registration) (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology, Manufacturing & Trends 
  • Custom installers are upbeat on 2013 growth, housing rebound
    Integrators are bullish on their prospects for this year after a series of highly volatile activities in 2012, according to CEPro's annual survey. After recording a 5% rise in median revenues last year, installers expect 13% growth in 2013, with 91% of retailers predicting either flat or better sales. Integrators also foresee a 50% jump in the number of installs they will perform as well as a 17% increase in the median price of each project. (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Is home automation ready for prime time?
    Analysts and service providers are expecting a major breakthrough in consumer interest in home automation services this year, largely due to uniform standards across the industry, the wholesale substitution of subscription pricing models for large upfront expenditures, as well as new features such as energy-saving smart grid systems. A new survey estimates that half of all homeowners with broadband service will buy a security or monitoring system. Logistics and regulatory issues, however, could hold up the industry's advances, analysts warn. (1/18), FierceTelecom (1/16), FierceTelecom (1/16), (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Consumer reviews carry more weight with shoppers, study finds
    Consumer reviews of electronics can influence purchase decisions more than reviews by experts and professional critics, according to Weber Shandwick. More than three-quarters of consumer electronics shoppers said they give more credence to consumer-generated reviews, the firm reported. Bazaarblog (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business News You Can Use 
  • Don't let desperation ruin your business
    When your company is struggling, you may feel pressure to do anything you can to get it back on track, writes Cornell professor Samuel Bacharach. "But it's precisely when you're fed up with your present situation and are willing to try something different just for the sake of it that you're most likely to be rewarded with a mediocre result." You can avoid making poor decisions in these situations by managing your ego and paying attention to relevant data, he advises. Inc. online (free registration) (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SBCA News 
  • SBCA board member profile: Allen McCabe
    Allen McCabe is the vice president of sales for the consumer division at Hughes Network Systems, where he is responsible for overseeing the consumer field sales organization in the U.S. He is also a board member of SBCA. Read the full story. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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