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Dish Faces TerreStar Battle

Here's the cable news roundup, Hump Day edition:



  • AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Loral Space & Communications Ltd. are fighting mobile satellite provider TerreStar Corp. 's proposed sale to Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH). Among the squabbles, Loral, which made the TerreStar bird, claims the plan would pay it only a fraction of what is owed under its existing contracts with TerreStar. (See Dish Nears TerreStar Acquisition .)

  • Look for ESPN to use its acquisition of multiplatform rights to the Wimbledon tennis championships to squeeze pay-TV distributors for additional fees if they want to stream live programming to subscribers with its Watch ESPN app. (See Q&A: Disney-ESPN's Matt Murphy.)

  • Insight Communications Co. Inc. is expected to pick the winner of the auction for its cable systems within a month, after receiving bids last week from WideOpenWest Holdings LLC (WOW) and Mediacom Communications Corp. , among other suitors.

  • Charter Communications Inc. traded a cable system with 5,500 customers in Douglas, Ga., to James Cable in exchange for systems counting 9,500 subscribers in Eaton, Ga., and Roanoke and Gu-Win, Ala.

  • Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) is trying to fix a glitch that's preventing some Apple TV owners from watching the company's Watch Instantly streaming video service.

  • Samsung Corp. has slashed the price on its active-shutter 3DTV glasses from US$150 to $50 per pair, which has helped it grab a 60 percent share of the market for U.S. 3DTV sales.

  • Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is handing out digital converters to Mississippi subscribers, as it prepares to switch to an all-digital format. (See Comcast's $1B Bandwidth Plan .)

  • As AT&T and Comcast eliminate all-you-can-eat Internet data plans, Sonic.net is dropping its speed limits and remaining cap-less when it comes to customer broadband consumption.

  • Comcast is offering credits on the bills of subscribers in Tennessee who saw service outages during recent storms, but only if they call the company.

    — Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable

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