Light Reading

Dish CEO Still Seeking a Wireless Friend

Jeff Baumgartner
LR Cable News Analysis
Jeff Baumgartner
1/4/2013
50%
50%

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

  • Dish Network Corp. acknowledges it needs a partner to make its Long Term Evolution (LTE) dreams come true, but there are no hints as to who that might be. "We need a [wireless industry] partner, that much we know," Dish CEO Joseph Clayton tells the Denver Business Journal. "Who it is remains to be seen." Dish has 40MHz of Advanced Wireless Services (AWS)-4 spectrum to contribute to any partnership after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved it for terrestrial use late last year. Clayton did drop some hints on where Dish might find a willing fiend, noting that Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel Corp. appear to have shored up their spectrum needs, while AT&T Inc., T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS Inc. could use some capacity. Spectrum, he said, is "like oil, gold or water -- you can't get enough of it. I could see a half-dozen different options that could play out." (See Dish Spectrum Gets Clearance for Takeoff.)

  • LodgeNet Interactive Corp., a company that provides movies to hotels, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Dec. 31. Tied into the reorg, Colony Capital LLC will invest $60 million in the company and become a controlling stakeholder in LodgeNet, which is expected to post a 2012 adjusted loss of 64 cents per share, according to Bloomberg. Colony has inked a memorandum of understanding that aims to make LodgeNet and DirecTV Group Inc. strategic partners in the hospitality and healthcare markets.

  • Interactive programming guide specialist Rovi Corp. has put its Entertainment Store business on the block as it looks to focus on "growth opportunities related to its core enabling technologies and services." Rovi's Entertainment Store (née' CinemaNow), obtained via Rovi's $720 million purchase of Sonic Solutions in 2011, is the brains behind Best Buy's digital download store.

  • Motorola Mobility LLC and Arris Group Inc. both scored 2012 technical Emmys for platforms that they obtained through acquisitions. Motorola got kudos for the CherryPicker, a video processing and digital program insertion (DPI) platform it obtained via its 2007 purchase of Terayon Communication Systems. Arris is being recognized for the development and commercialization of "Digital Infrastructure for Local Cable Ad Insertion," represented by SkyVision, a system initially developed by SkyConnect Inc. For those keeping track of that product's lineage, nCUBE bought SkyConnect in 1999, C-COR bought nCUBE in 2004 and Arris bought nCUBE in 2007.

  • Premium programmer EPIX says it will stream on-demand content to authenticated subscribers (those who get the service from one of EPIX's pay-TV programmers) on the Sony Corp. PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita starting later this quarter. The initial slate of 3,000 titles includes recent hits such as The Hunger Games and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. EPIX is currently carried by Charter Communications Inc., Cox Communications Inc., Dish, Mediacom Communications Corp., Suddenlink Communications, Verizon Communications Inc. and members of the National Cable Television Cooperative Inc. (NCTC).

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

    (4)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
    JJDowns
    50%
    50%
    JJDowns,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    1/5/2013 | 2:52:01 AM
    re: Dish CEO Still Seeking a Wireless Friend
    Dish's first working item to bond these two bands was RP-121421 at TSG-RAN #57 this past September. AT&T has been working on LTE_DL_FDD700 Band 29 (700MHz lower D and E) for almost two years now and Band 29 is set to be complete at the next RAN meeting. Interstingly enough AT&T has been stating for LTE-CA they would either bond Band 2 or Band 5 with Band 29. They recently made a document change to Band 24. I think this may be a typo or misdirection unless they intend to bond with LightSquared spectrum. A Dish / AT&T partnership here makes alot of sense for both parties. AT&T needs a VOD partnership much like Verizon and the cable companies with the JOE. DirectTV gives AT&T a small piece of the puzzle. Dish along with its Blockbuster portfolio will put AT&T in the same pond as Verizon for future video services. This also gives Dish access to a greater subscriber base.
    Jeff Baumgartner
    50%
    50%
    Jeff Baumgartner,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    1/4/2013 | 11:09:57 PM
    re: Dish CEO Still Seeking a Wireless Friend
    Good point. Thanks for the reminder!
    JJDowns
    50%
    50%
    JJDowns,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    1/4/2013 | 5:53:29 PM
    re: Dish CEO Still Seeking a Wireless Friend
    "Dish has 40MHz of Advanced Wireless Services (AWS)-4 spectrum to contribute to any partnership after the-áFederal Communications Commission (FCC)-áapproved it for terrestrial use late last year"

    Dish also has the 700 MHz "E" Block for almost the entire United States for which they will seek to bond that downlink with its AWS4 holdings with carrier aggregation.
    Jeff Baumgartner
    50%
    50%
    Jeff Baumgartner,
    User Rank: Light Beer
    1/4/2013 | 4:23:21 PM
    re: Dish CEO Still Seeking a Wireless Friend
    Electronic sell-through... apparently not a huge hit for Rovi and its Entertainment Store, which also has some ties into the UltraViolet digital locker for movies that can be purchased on DVD/blu-ray and made accessible to stream on tablets and smartphones and PCs, etc. -á I'm just now starting to get a bit more active UV, but some of the hiccups have been frustrating. One UV-enabled Blu-ray was blank in the area where the activation code was supposed to be... I then took some older DVDs and Blu-rays to have them converted for UV. It took some legwork to input the data, then the system was down for about 30 minutes.-á But-á when it was back up, it worked perfectly.

    So, UltraViolet in sum. There's much to like, but there's still much that is not perfect. JB
    Flash Poll
    From The Founder
    The New IP is actually bigger even than business. Like another hugely important tech that Light Reading is digging into right now, the New IP has the potential to change the world by fundamentally advancing what it is possible for people to achieve with communications.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei Shares Its Vision of the Future of Mobile Networks Innovations

    2|26|15   |   2:30   |   (0) comments


    Mobile broadband is changing our lives. It's reshaping the Internet, industry, and society. It allows us to freely connect with one another anytime, anywhere. At this year's Mobile World Congress, Huawei will share its latest insights and newest ideas and technologies that will shape the future of MBB. They will showcase their end-to-end MBB solutions that will ...
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Accelerate Digitizing, Boost Digital Business

    2|26|15   |   6:14   |   (0) comments


    A new digital revolution is leading us to a better connected world. Together with millions of digital partners, Huawei will help CSPs to build their digital service ecosystem and aggregate a wide variety of digital services. In this video, we find out how Huawei is going to help CSPs implement digital operations.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    The Secret Recipe to Enabling Hyper-Growth Industries

    2|26|15   |   3:38   |   (0) comments


    With a number of successful cases on network capability exposure, Huawei is going to share the secret recipe to enabling hyper-growth markets with a step-by-step approach.
    LRTV Documentaries
    BTE 2015 Is Bigger & Even Better

    2|25|15   |   03:13   |   (4) comments


    This year's Big Telecom Event (BTE) in Chicago is going to provide more opportunities than ever for networking, getting to grips with key industry challenges and opportunities and, equally as important, having some fun.
    LRTV Interviews
    Light Reading ICT Leaders Roundtable at MWC 2015

    2|12|15   |   1:07   |   (2) comments


    On Sunday March 1, 2015, Light Reading will host an ICT Leaders Roundtable in partnership with Huawei. At this half-day event, CIOs, analysts and researchers will discuss key industry trends like virtualization in the cloud with a specific focus on new business models. Located at the luxurious Renaissance Hotel near the Fira Barcelona, space is limited so please ...
    LRTV Documentaries
    Going Green in 2015

    2|12|15   |   02:04   |   (0) comments


    Energy efficiency is set to be an incredibly hot topic in the telecom industry this year.
    LRTV Custom TV
    SDN & NFV: Where Are We Going From Here?

    2|11|15   |   11:27   |   (0) comments


    Vitesse Semiconductor CTO Martin Nuss gives his perspective on why SDN and NFV should be tightly interconnected and how he sees the industry moving forward.
    LRTV Documentaries
    Time for Gigabit Europe?

    2|9|15   |   01:27   |   (4) comments


    Gigabit broadband networks are springing up all around the US and they'll soon become more commonplace in Europe.
    LRTV Interviews
    Brocade Brings New IP Vision to 2020 Vision Executive Summit

    2|3|15   |   4:23   |   (0) comments


    In December 2014, Light Reading gathered telecom executives in Reykjavik, Iceland to discuss their vision for high-capacity networks through the end of the decade. The intimate, interactive meeting was set against the backdrop of Iceland's spectacular natural beauty. As one of the event's founding sponsors, Brocade's Kelly Herrell shared his company's strategy at ...
    LRTV Interviews
    Brocade's Kelly Herrell on the New IP

    2|2|15   |   12:36   |   (0) comments


    In December 2014, Steve Saunders sat down with Brocade VP of Software Networking Kelly Herrell at Light Reading's 2020 Vision executive summit in Reykjavik, Iceland. They spoke about Brocade's approach to the New IP, the future of the telecom industry, and more.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Dr. Dong Sun Talks About Carriers' Digital Transformation & Huawei’s Telco OS

    1|29|15   |   6:28   |   (0) comments


    Dr. Dong Sun, Chief Architect of Digital Transformation Solutions at Huawei, discusses how telecom operators can become digital ecosystem enablers and deliver optimal user experiences that are in real-time, on-demand, all-online, DIY and social (ROADS).
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei's Chief Network Architect Talks about Network Experience & Operators’ Strategies

    1|29|15   |   3:39   |   (0) comments


    In the digital age, network experience has become the primary productivity especially for telecom operators. In this video, Wenshuan Dang, Huawei’s Chief Network Architect, discusses how carriers can tackle the challenge of infrastructure complexity in order to enhance business agility and improve user experience.
    Upcoming Live Events
    March 17, 2015, The Cable Center, Denver, CO
    April 14, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City, NY
    May 12, 2015, Grand Hyatt, Denver, CO
    May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
    June 8, 2015, Chicago, IL
    June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
    June 9, 2015, Chicago, IL
    June 10, 2015, Chicago, IL
    All Upcoming Live Events
    Infographics
    Net neutrality, broadband services and the current outlook on data consumption, as presented by the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
    Hot Topics
    Cyber Security Expert Warns: You're Doing It Wrong
    Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 2/23/2015
    10 Weirdly Useful IoT Devices
    Eryn Leavens, Copy Desk Editor, 2/24/2015
    Small Cells Enabling Location Services
    Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 2/25/2015
    MWC: Let the Madness Begin
    Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 2/23/2015
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed
    Webinar Archive
    BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
    Check out Light Reading's interview with Jay Samit, the newly appointed CEO of publicly traded SeaChange International Inc. With a resume that includes Sony, EMI, and Universal, Samit brings a reputation as an entrepreneur and a disruptor to his new role at the video solutions company. Hear what he had to say about the opportunities in video, as well as the outlook for cable, telco, OTT and mobile service providers.
    G'day! And welcome to an entirely new feature on Light Reading -- our weekly "CEO-to-CEO" interview.