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Dish Keeps Wireless Options Open

Speculation about Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH)'s spectrum situation leads off today's look at what's happening in the wide, wide world of cable.

  • Dish is playing its cards close to its chest regarding how it might wield the batch of wireless spectrum it obtained at auction or through recent acquisitions. The satellite TV giant said it's considering more acquisitions, partnering up or even divesting assets deemed non-strategic. "We will keep our options open," Dish CEO Joe Clayton said on Dish's second-quarter earnings call. Many speculate that Dish is most likely to strike a partnership with a wireless carrier. (See Charlie Ergen's Spectrum Grab .)

  • Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) has released a series of photos (PDF) showing sabotage to its facilities that, it believes, are linked to a union strike of about 45,000 wireline workers on the east coast. Earlier this week, Verizon reported "at least" 12 instances of sabotage in Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. (See Verizon Fends Off Saboteurs.)

  • VUDU Inc. has launched its VoD streaming service on the iPad, but has figured out a way to avoid having to develop a dedicated app and share revenues with Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL). By developing a native Web app for the tablet, VUDU is able to sidestep the App Store and Apple's log-in system, notes NewTeeVee.

  • An Illinois judge denied Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)'s request for a temporary restraining order that would have blocked DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV) from advertising its exclusive NFL Sunday Ticket package. Comcast is upset that DirecTV is promoting a "free" offer that requires a two-year commitment and is subject to cancellation fees.

  • The American Cable Association (ACA) has urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to minimize the regulatory burdens on small MSOs if the agency imposes network outage reporting requirements on VoIP and broadband providers. The ACA is concerned that it would cause cash-strapped operators to pay for expensive network monitoring gear, software and personnel.

  • Troy Cablevision has purchased Knology Inc. (Nasdaq: KNOL)'s cable operations in Ozark and Troy, Ala., reports The Dothan Eagle.

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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