DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) and Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) may have a better shot at winning approval for a merger in this day and age after failing to combine in 2002, new Dish CEO Joseph Clayton told Bloomberg. Last week, Lauder Partners Managing Director Gary Lauder predicted that the Department of Justice will eventually allow the DBS firms to merge, which he said would spark a wave of consolidation among the major cable MSOs. (See Dish Names President and CEO.)
Producers of The Hurt Locker are pressing broadband providers to give up the names of 25,000 subscribers accused of illegally downloading the movie via BitTorrent Inc. , including 10,532 Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) customers.
Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) Founder Chuck Dolan invested $5 million in Crimson Hexagon, a social media market research firm founded by former top Cablevision marketer Patricia Gottesman.
Spirit Broadband makes some unusual claims in a lawsuit the Tennessee cable company filed against DirecTV, alleging that the satellite TV giant falsely advertised that Spirit was going out of business and that its president skipped town for Mexico with $5 million.