CEO Charlie Ergen of DISH Network is persisting in his claims of an "inevitable" merger between his company and AT&T's DIRECTV, noting that DISH's focus on rural regions ensures its viability. Analyst Craig Moffett says federal funding for broadband in the rural US will hurt DISH's already-dwindling subscription numbers, however.
The Federal Communications Commission is seeking a Supreme Court review of an appeals court ruling that prevented the agency from lifting limits on broadcast station ownership. Public advocacy organizations have opposed easing ownership restrictions, but Jeffrey Wall, the solicitor general, says they have misrepresented the FCC's intentions.
The US Court of Appeals has told the Copyright Royalty Board to conduct another review of royalty rates after Amazon, YouTube, Pandora and Spotify appealed the decision. The court only said that its ruling came as a result of procedural problems.
Stephen Williams, a judge with the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit who participated in several significant cases related to the deregulation of the cable industry, has passed away at the age of 83. Colleagues remember his intellect as well as his good nature.
Lizzo and Amazon Studios have signed a deal that gives the company an exclusive first look at the star's projects. They jointly announced the agreement at the Aug. 6 virtual Amazon session of CTAM's press tour.
T-Mobile says it's now the second-largest wireless carrier in the US, with 98.3 million customers. The carrier added 1.245 million subscribers between the beginning of April and the end of June, the period in which it completed its acquisition of Sprint, and its revenues rose 61% year-to-year.
ViacomCBS reported that its second-quarter revenue was down 12% to $6.275 billion, thanks to the pandemic-ravaged advertising market. But the company was bullish in regard to subscription streaming, touting a 52% year-over-year increase in paid OTT revenue, and a 75% uptick in SVOD subscribers, reaching 16.2 million, as it finally revealed some of its plans to the reboot its five-year-old CBS All Access SVOD platform.
Bilingual journalists for Noticias Telemundo and NBC News will collaborate on stories serving the Latino community. Subjects will include the upcoming elections and coronavirus developments.
Internet providers in South Carolina can now apply for grants worth a total of $30 million to improve broadband access in 555 areas. Providers are required to put up 50% matching funds and show that the service expansion is related to helping families weather the coronavirus pandemic.
Cable One has acquired stakes in two providers of fixed wireless internet, buying 40% of Illinois' Wisper ISP and no more than 10% of Texas' Nextlink Internet. Nathan Stooke still holds the most Wisper stock, while Bill Baker remains majority owner and CEO of Nextlink.