DISH's Ergen talks future | SlingTV, DIRECTV Now add subscribers in Q3 | Report: NFL may opt for Sunday streaming service
November 13, 2018
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DISH's Ergen talks future
DISH's Ergen talks future
Ergen (DISH)
DISH Network Chairman Charlie Ergen recently shared his vision for the future, which includes potential partnerships with cable providers and a 5G network without legacy technologies. Ergen also spoke of T-Mobile's request that the Federal Communications Commission remove DISH's spectrum licenses to prevent hoarding, a theory Ergen dismissed by noting how efficient the company's new network would be.
FierceWireless (11/7) 
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SlingTV, DIRECTV Now add subscribers in Q3
Streaming services such as Sling TV and DIRECTV Now both added new subscribers in the third quarter. DIRECTV Now reported 49,000 new subscribers in the third quarter and 26,000 new customers joined Sling TV in Q3.
BloombergQuint (India) (11/12) 
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Report: NFL may opt for Sunday streaming service
The NFL is reportedly conducting tests in seven markets with AT&T's streaming service DIRECTV Now on whether to replace the current NFL Sunday Ticket package with an over-the-top option. The league is expected to make a decision by spring, sources say.
Cord Cutters News (11/5) 
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DISH wins lawsuit against SET TV, will receive $90M in damages
DISH Network has prevailed in a lawsuit against SET TV over allegations of pirated content, with SET TV ordered by a US judge to pay DISH $90 million in damages. SET TV offered hundreds of live channels for $20 a month by illegally accessing DISH's TV programming, according to court documents.
Cord Cutters News (11/13) 
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Save the Date 1/9/19 for the SBCA Leadership Brunch in Las Vegas
The SBCA will be hosting a leadership brunch on Wednesday January 9th in Las Vegas from 9-11am. SBCA members and their guests are invited to attend to meet industry executives hear updates of issues that will be impacting our industry in the coming year.
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Yankees explore YES buyback from Disney
Yankees explore YES buyback from Disney
New York Yankees player Estevan Florial (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
The New York Yankees are reportedly in talks to buy the YES Network back from Disney, and investors have signed on to the transaction. The team owns 20% of the regional sports network and has not commented on the potential deal.
BloombergQuint (India) (11/13) 
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Cox among FCC spectrum bidders
Cox Communications will be joining 39 other telecom providers Wednesday to bid in the Federal Communications Commission's 28 gigahertz auction, which will play a significant role in services that include 5G and IoT. Charter and Comcast are not scheduled to bid, an indicator of how skeptical some cable companies remain of the spectrum.
FierceWireless (11/12) 
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Samsung developing mind-controlled TV tech for physically disabled
Samsung is developing television software that can be controlled using a person's brainwaves using a headset with sensors and eye-tracking software to change channels and adjust the volume. The technology is aimed toward use by people with physical disabilities who would face limitations in traditional ways of changing channels and watching TV.
CNET (11/8) 
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AMC, A+E the latest partners in Campaign Ratings test
AMC and A+E Networks are joining the beta test of comScore's new advertising metric platform, Campaign Ratings. The product is designed to help marketers efficiently receive unduplicated feedback about their advertising campaigns across mobile, over-the-top and linear TV platforms, as well as desktop.
MediaPost Communications (11/12) 
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