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March 20, 2012
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  Consumer Satellite Industry News 
  • FCC to tackle satellite spectrum this week
    The Federal Communications Commission will introduce a rulemaking procedure Wednesday designed to make it easier for companies to deploy mobile satellite services for terrestrial use, a change sought by DISH, which recently lost a bid for an FCC waiver to provide such a service. DISH wants to use spectrum it obtained through recent acquisitions for a terrestrial offering. (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • DIRECTV said to be prepping Ultra HDTV service
    DIRECTV is preparing to transmit an Ultra HDTV signal, according to a published report that says the company will provide 4000-line and 8000-line services by distancing itself from Ku-band satellites in favor of the Ka-band and its higher bandwidth. The satellite provider has held successful trials in sending 1080p signals over Ka-band to customers in North America. Digital Trends (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • DISH isn't expected to face LightSquared's GPS obstacles
    DISH, which wants to provide the same type of service as LightSquared, is not expected to encounter the spectral interference issues with GPS signals that doomed the latter's Federal Communications Commission application, analysts and industry executives say. LightSquared asserted in an FCC filing Friday that federal regulators have no legal right to block its plans to create a satellite-based terrestrial wireless network. Bloomberg (3/19), Network World/IDG News Service (3/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology, Manufacturing & Trends 
  • 3DTV needs more content, glasses-free tech, execs say
    It will take the spread of glasses-free technology to build a decent market for 3DTV, industry executives said at a recent event. Experts say there's also a need for more 3D content for TV, as the number of 3D movie releases so far has been relatively small. TV Technology (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • THX shows the way in equipping a state-of-the-art home theater
    Gizmodo paid a visit to THX headquarters in San Rafael, Calif., to pick up some pointers for setting up home theaters. Seating and the characteristics of the room are crucial starting points, this blog post notes. The size of the television screen should be appropriate to the dimensions of the room, and placement of speakers should deliver the full surround-sound experience. Other tips: Use a single remote to operate the electronics, and employ THX-certified products for optimal performance. Gizmodo (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business News You Can Use 
  • 3 tax errors small businesses tend to make
    Accountants say the three most common mistakes that small businesses make when it comes to tax time are combining personal and business expenses in deductions, forgetting to deduct home-office costs and not understanding their own financial information. The finding came from a survey of 500 accountants by online accounting-software company Xero. Inc. online/Start It Up (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SBCA News 
  • SBCA board profile: Lee Hess
    Lee Hess, a veteran of the satellite industry, is the co-founder and chairman of INSTALLS. INSTALLS is the leading national installer of residential technology home services in the U.S., covering all continental ZIP codes. Read the full story. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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