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January 29, 2013
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  Consumer Satellite Industry News 
  • DIRECTV to work with Omelet on Audience Network programming
    DIRECTV has signed a deal with Omelet under which the content studio will provide programming to DIRECTV's Audience Network in a variety of formats, the companies announced last week. Omelet Studio, an arm of the Omelet marketing firm, will produce programming including comedy, reality and documentary series, in long-form and short-form formats. The Hollywood Reporter (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CEA takes DISH's side on Hopper DVR
    The Consumer Electronics Association filed a "friend-of-the-court" brief in support of DISH Network in its litigation with CBS and other broadcast television networks, which accuse DISH of violating their copyrights with its Hopper digital video recorder. CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro said in a statement that "making television easier to watch is not against the law. It is simply pro-innovation and pro-consumer." CNET (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bankrupt LodgeNet enters pact with DIRECTV to install systems
    DIRECTV will take on a greater role as a strategic operating partner of LodgeNet Interactive under a bankruptcy plan filed by the company, which provides on-demand content to the hospitality industry. Under the plan, private-equity firm Colony Capital will take full control of the reorganized entity, and DIRECTV will subsidize the cost of installing the LodgeNet systems in hotels and hospitals. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/28), Reuters (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology, Manufacturing & Trends 
  • Analysis: How homes and cities will get smarter
    With more people around the world living in cities, the implementation of home automation systems and smart-grid technology in urban areas will be crucial to saving energy in the future, Aaron Stern writes. Meanwhile, Pike Research surveyed more than 1,000 U.S. consumers and found that almost one-third of them didn't know what a smart grid is, while one-quarter were unfamiliar with smart meters. (1/23), (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: More consumers see the need for professional tech support
    Almost three-quarters of U.S. broadband households said they would be open to using professional technology support if such support was comprehensive in helping to set up and operate electronics, according to Parks Associates. "While devices are becoming more intuitive, their functionality is increasing; so, while it is easier to figure out how to access the typical functions, consumers may need guidance in learning how to perform a new function on a new device," says Patrice Samuels of Parks. MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (1/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • In home theaters, first it's all about the seating, THX exec says
    John Dahl, THX's director of education, emphasizes the need to determine the layout of seating in a home theater before selecting the audiovisual equipment. He urges professional AV installers, "It doesn’t do anyone any service if we insist that there’s only one way. There’s a goal, but there are options too," adding, "If you’re a good installer, you have lots of options in your pocket." (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business News You Can Use 
  • Small-business staffing strategies that won't break the bank
    Finding the people you need to expand your business can be difficult if you don't have much money, but it is possible, writes Laura Roeder. You can start by hiring a part-time employee or creating an internship, she notes. "Even if you start with low-paid, internship, or part-time positions, look for people who have the potential to stick with you." Fast Company online (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  SBCA News 
  • Indiana Satellite Day
    On Jan. 28, the SBCA, Applied Instruments, DIRECTV, DISH, Hughes and ViaSat hosted Indiana Satellite Day in the Indianapolis, the state capital. More than 30 state legislators from across Indiana participated in demonstrations of the latest and greatest that satellite has to offer. This was a good opportunity to inform state lawmakers of how we vigorously compete in the marketplace and are constantly working to provide high quality products and services to customers in Indiana and across the country. This outreach effort was successful in providing information and building relationships with state lawmakers in Indiana, where we have been battling discriminatory taxes for the past several years. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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