& cplSiteName &

Dish, Broadcasters Go to War Over Ad-Zapper

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Cable News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner
5/25/2012
50%
50%

Welcome to the cable news roundup, T.G.I.F. edition.

  • Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) and the combination of CBS, Fox and NBC are setting up a court battle over AutoHop, a new feature for Dish's Hopper HD-DVR that skips commercials captured by PrimeTime Anytime, a service that automatically records the primetime slate of the four major broadcasters. The broadcasters say AutoHop is a copyright violation, claiming Dish doesn't have the authority to tamper with their ads. Dish, meanwhile, is seeking a declaratory ruling that its "user-enabled" AutoHop feature does not infringe copyrights that could be claimed by the networks, holding that the ad-zapping element is in compliance with Dish's retransmission agreements. (See Dish Sticks It to the Broadcasters .)

    As an ironic side note in this case, Dish is whining that CBS, Fox and NBC have rejected ads promoting Dish's Hopper HD-DVR.

  • Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and U.S. Department of Justice that he has "real concerns" about Verizon Wireless 's proposed deal to acquire Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum from four cable operators. He wants conditions placed on the deals, as he's worried that they give the mobile carrier too much market power and could cause Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) to put less energy into promoting and distributing FiOS services, which, of course, compete with cable. Verizon Wireless and its cable partners have already introduced service bundles in several markets, but have so far avoided launching them in FiOS markets. (See Comcast/Verizon Combo Steers Clear of FiOS and Verizon Wireless & Cox Tag-Team on U-verse.)

  • Knology Inc. (Nasdaq: KNOL) shareholders are set to vote on the proposed US$1.5 billion sale to WideOpenWest Holdings LLC (WOW) on June 26 in Atlanta, reports Multichannel News. WOW's proposal is $19.75 per share in cash. (See Whoa! WOW Buys Knology for $1.5B .)

  • Pressure groups Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Knowledge have come to the defense of Aereo Inc. , which is facing lawsuits from broadcasters over a service that takes in over-the-air TV signals and relays them to subscribers over broadband. The consumer advocates, like Aereo, claim the service does not violate copyright rules because it provides customers with access to their own individual antennas, hence meeting the "public goal of preserving the ability of viewers to watch free-to-air TV." (See Aereo's Service Wins a Reprieve (for Now).)

  • Roku Inc. users are gaining access to more than 50 international programming channels starting at $19.99 per month after the streaming set-top maker struck a deal to offer the DISHWorld service. The deal means Roku customers can subscribe to these programming packages without having to also take Dish Network's satellite TV service.

  • Liberty Global Inc. (Nasdaq: LBTY) has closed the sale of its stake in Australia-based satellite TV service provider Austar Entertainment Pty. Ltd. to Foxtel for about $1.1 billion.

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable



    (1)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
    steve q
    50%
    50%
    steve q,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    12/5/2012 | 5:31:54 PM
    re: Dish, Broadcasters Go to War Over Ad-Zapper


    I  ? is to those customer that are leaving the cable company and moving into verizon Fios what will happen will comcast make a deal with those customer to just make it hader for Fios which is the main source of the new 4g for the Verizon Wireless. Comcast does not let any one move into a area with out a game play and that happen with the NBC deal, And Verizon Wireless will  get what they need to help push the 4g but that will not help in the area of the customer home you need more power and that is only in the form of Fios . With everything needing more data and with the problem of Verizon wireless and the new deal that they did with  Viewdini you'll be able to access content from Comcast Xfinity, which is other way of saying Verizon Wireless is looking into the cable company and not there own. And Comcast is using Comcast give wi-fi a voice which is going agaist verizon in it own voice service that still work off copper and know with Fios so this is the end of Verizon Fios and the start of Verizon Wireless /Comcast.

    Light Reading’s Upskill U is a FREE, interactive, online educational resource that delivers must-have education on themes that relate to the overall business transformation taking place in the communications industry.
    NEXT COURSE
    Wednesday, September 28, 1:00PM EDT
    Gigabit 101
    Will Barkis, Senior Technology Analyst, Orange
    UPCOMING COURSE SCHEDULE
    Friday, September 30, 1:00PM EDT
    Gigabit & the Great Migration
    Robert Howald, Vice President, Network Architecture, Comcast
    Wednesday, October 5, 1:00PM EDT
    Gigabit & Smart Cities
    Joe Kochan, COO & Co-Founder, US Ignite
    Friday, October 7, 1:00PM EDT
    Gigabit & DOCSIS 3.1
    Ty Pearman, Director, Access Architecture, Comcast
    in association with:
    From The Founder
    Light Reading today starts a new voyage as part of a larger Enterprise.
    Flash Poll
    Live Streaming Video
    Charting the CSP's Future
    Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
    LRTV Documentaries
    MEC Congress: The Key Takeaways

    9|22|16   |   03:25   |   (3) comments


    Three key takeaways from the Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) Congress in Munich, Germany.
    Wagner’s Ring
    Time to Shut Up About 'Dumb Pipes'

    9|22|16   |     |   (12) comments


    Service providers can't compete with OTT players. It just isn't in their DNA. Instead, service providers need to embrace what they're good at -- providing reliable, secure connectivity.
    Wagner’s Ring
    Keeping Your Tech Career Going After 50

    9|21|16   |     |   (13) comments


    How do you keep your career moving forward when you're past the half-century mark?
    LRTV Interviews
    Peering Into the Digital Future

    9|20|16   |   04:25   |   (0) comments


    Nick Thomas, practice leader of digital media at Ovum, talks about how digital transformation in the technology, media and telecom sectors will enable the development of a new range of applications and services for enterprises and consumers and how the upcoming Digital Futures event in London will examine ...
    LRTV Custom TV
    Napatech Tackles NFV's Major Challenge

    9|7|16   |   08:42   |   (0) comments


    One of the main challenges for network operators introducing NFV is to combine performance and flexibility in a cost-effective way, but there is a solution, explains Napatech's Dan Joe Barry.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Huawei Optical Innovation 2016

    9|6|16   |     |   (0) comments


    Highlights of the 2016 Huawei Optical Innovation forum.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Are You Ready for Huawei Connect 2016?

    8|31|16   |     |   (0) comments


    Join us for an exclusive sneak peak of Huawei Connect, an integrated conference for the global ICT ecosystem taking place in Shanghai.
    Between the CEOs
    CEO Chat: UXP's Gemini Waghmare

    8|26|16   |     |   (0) comments


    Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders and UXP Systems CEO Gemini Waghmare discuss the strategic importance of digital identity for operators in the midst of transformation.
    LRTV Custom TV
    F5 Virtual Network Function Integrations With Partner Orchestration Platform

    8|24|16   |   6:38   |   (0) comments


    F5's Kishore Patnam, product manager for F5's service provider solutions, discusses why service providers are moving towards virtualization and how his clients are utilizing F5's solutions.
    Between the CEOs
    CEO Chat: Intel's Alexis Black Bjorlin

    8|17|16   |   06:23   |   (0) comments


    Join us for an in-depth interview between Steve Saunders of Light Reading and Alexis Black Bjorlin of Intel as they discuss the release of the company's Silicon Photonics platform, its performance, long-term prospects, customer expectations and much more.
    Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
    Accelerating Telecom Digital Transformation With Nominum DNS

    8|1|16   |   12:04   |   (0) comments


    Light Reading's Steve Saunders gets an update from Nominum CEO Gary Messiana on how his company is helping carriers on the digital transformation journey.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Reinventing Operations for a Virtual, Software-Defined World

    7|28|16   |   5:23   |   (0) comments


    Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Jim Hodges speaks with Accenture's Larry Socher and Matt Anderson about what service providers must do to transform their business to get the benefits of SDN and NFV including: leveraging DevOps, introducing real-time OSS and implementing analytics.
    Upcoming Live Events
    November 3, 2016, The Montcalm Marble Arch, London
    November 30, 2016, The Westin Times Square, New York City
    December 1, 2016, The Westin Times Square, New York, NY
    December 6-8, 2016, The Westin Excelsior, Rome
    May 16-17, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
    All Upcoming Live Events
    Infographics
    Hot Topics
    Keeping Your Tech Career Going After 50
    Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 9/21/2016
    Time to Shut Up About 'Dumb Pipes'
    Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 9/22/2016
    Comcast Will Go Wireless in 2017
    Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 9/20/2016
    Sprint CEO: We'll Lease Spectrum as Soon as Possible
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 9/20/2016
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed
    BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
    Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders and UXP Systems CEO Gemini Waghmare discuss the strategic importance of digital identity for operators in the midst of transformation.
    Join us for an in-depth interview between Steve Saunders of Light Reading and Alexis Black Bjorlin of Intel as they discuss the release of the company's Silicon Photonics platform, its performance, long-term prospects, customer expectations and much more.
    Animals with Phones
    You Thought Your Customer Service Was Unreliable... Click Here
    Live Digital Audio

    A vital part of increasing the number of women in comms is transforming the ways companies can support and empower women. While progressive company policies that support both men and women in achieving work-life balance are a step in the right direction, creating a company culture that supports those policies can at times be more challenging.

    During this show, we'll talk to Lynn Comp, Senior Director of Industry and Sales Enabling (ISE) in the Network Platforms Group at Intel, about why those challenges exist and how companies can overcome them. She'll provide insight into how Intel has worked to create a culture that supports work-life balance, and provide steps and guidance for other companies wishing to do the same. We will also leave plenty of time to get your questions answered live on the air.