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February 19, 2013
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  • DIRECTV added 103,000 U.S. subs in Q4, beat analysts estimates
    DIRECTV added 103,000 net new U.S. subscribers and increased revenue in the U.S. by 5% to $6.3 billion in the fourth quarter, the satellite provider announced last week. The results, which beat consensus Wall Street estimates of 96,000 additions, draw praise from analysts, who cited DIRECTV's focus on retention. CEO Mike White said the company would focus on encouraging subscribers to upgrade their equipment, and he has earmarked $2 billion in capital spending to improve its facilities. Multichannel News (2/14), The Wall Street Journal (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FCC: ViaSat broadband consistently beats advertised speeds
    Almost every subscriber to ViaSat's Exede satellite broadband service enjoyed download speeds 140% greater than the 12 megabits-per-second advertised, according to a Federal Communications Commission report. The FCC also found little change in performance in peak and non-peak periods. "Our goal has always been to give our Exede customers the most consistent broadband experience, and it's good to have objective data showing we delivered on our promise to deliver great speeds," ViaSat chief Mark Dankberg said. San Diego Union-Tribune (2/15), GigaOm (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Will retrans reform be part of satellite-TV measure?
    Satellite TV operators' push to have the reauthorization of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act include a provision to prevent blackouts during retransmission-consent negotiations has the backing of Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif. "Simply put consumers should not be held hostage when negotiators fail to come to an agreement," Eshoo said during a House subcommittee hearing last week. MediaPost Communications/TVBlog (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Latest Sony console will reportedly stream video games
    The new console that Sony will introduce Wednesday will have the capability to stream video games, in addition to playing disc-based games, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the company's plans. The next-generation console will make use of streaming technology Sony acquired in its 2012 purchase of Gaikai. Meanwhile, Sony has filed a patent application for a tablet controller, tentatively called the EyePad, to be used with the PlayStation 3 console. GameDaily BIZ (2/16), The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • SmartThings makes its move into home automation
    SmartThings of Reston, Va., a Kickstarter-funded startup with venture-capital investors, is offering a kit of moisture sensors, motion detectors and power outlets that aims to connect a number of home appliances to the Internet, under the control of a smartphone. Home automation is a crowded market that has yet to develop fully because of the complexity in current offerings, Brad Stone notes in this analysis. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Social media practices that small businesses should avoid
    It's generally best to avoid posting negative comments, politically charged content or anything that could be construed as offensive, writes Álvaro Soltero. "When in doubt over the possibility of a text, image, or any kind of media being accidentally perceived as unprofessional, rude, or offensive, don't post it," Soltero advises. Small businesses should use hashtags and make sure their grammar is correct when posting to social media, Soltero writes. Social Media Today (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Connectivity Webinar
    Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 11 a.m.
    Learn about the benefits of connectivity in home entertainment and, in particular, satellite. Learn about different options, the benefits of each one, and why it's important to connect your customer's equipment every time you sell or complete an install. Register now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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