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'Satellite Anomaly' Grounds Dish's HD Service

Welcome to the cable news roundup, Hump Day edition.

  • A "satellite anomaly" caused an outage of a good portion of Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH)'s high-definition TV lineup Tuesday afternoon, and the pay-TV giant's engineers burned the midnight oil trying to restore it. Dish has been tweeting about the issue ever since, and noted Wednesday morning that all HD national channels had been restored but didn't have an ETA on when local HDs would be back up. "The outage was from a disruption of service from a satellite at 129 degrees. W.L. We'll have updates today," a Dish spokesman told Light Reading Cable via email. Dish's standard-def local channels were largely unaffected, he added.

    Update: Dish sent an email at 11:02 a.m. ET to say that all channels have been restored.

  • Motorola Mobility LLC 's VC arm has made an undisclosed investment in Ooyala Inc. , a provider of tech and services for online video management and publishing. Ooyala, which competes with Brightcove Inc. and Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)-owned thePlatform Inc. , counts Bloomberg, ESPN and Yahoo Japan among its 1,000-plus customers.

  • Canoe Ventures LLC has delivered 35.3 million interactive overlays since launching its request for information (RFI) product in the third quarter of 2010, Chief Product Officer Arthur Orduña said Tuesday at an advanced ad event run by Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News. Thanks to Enhanced TV Binary Interchange Format (EBIF) deployments by its MSO partners, Canoe can now reach more than 20 million cable homes. (See Cable's Canoe Rows Ahead .)

  • Shaw Communications Inc. confirmed its selection of Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) as its supplier of Wi-Fi access points as the MSO gears up for a deployment in Western Canada that will begin later this year. (See Shaw Scraps Cellular Plan.)

  • Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) is the latest MSO to strike a TV Everywhere deal with Turner Broadcasting System Inc. , giving digital subs online access to shows from TBS, TNT, CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and truTV via PCs and iOS devices. The deal also includes out-of-home, live streaming of the CNN and Headline News channels.

  • Mediacom Communications Corp. lashed out at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) again over its handling of the MSO's retrans spat with LIN Broadcasting. The MSO fired off another letter arguing that the Commission's inaction on the situation, which has resulted in a blackout of LIN station in Mediacom markets, suggests the Commission is "effectively siding" with the broadcaster.

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

  • Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 4:53:46 PM
    re: 'Satellite Anomaly' Grounds Dish's HD Service

    Dish issued an update on the temporary outage.  Again, all HD services were back on line this morning, but Dish said the issue involved the Ciel2 satellite operated by SES at 129 degrees W.L. through a Candian subtractor and leased to Dish.

    "SES has attributed the anomaly to human error in its ground operation of the spacecraft. According to SES, there is no issue with  the health of the satellite," Dish said. JB

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