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By Bloomberg News | August 29, 2006
EchoStar Communications Corp. has settled a nine-year legal fight with affiliates of the ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox television networks over the transmission to their markets of TV programs aired by broadcasters in other cities. EchoStar, the second-largest satellite TV service in the United States, agreed to pay $100 million to the affiliate associations, the Englewood, Colo.-based company said yesterday in a statement. The settlement lets EchoStar retain the distant broadcasts. Appeal rejected The operator of the Dish TV service is settling after losing an appeal to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who refused last week to block a lower-court ruling requiring it to stop transmitting distant broadcasts to hundreds of thousands of customers.
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By New York Times News Service | October 24, 2007
Google, which dominates the market for advertising on the Internet, seems to be hoping to do the same thing on television. The company is set to announce a partnership today with the Nielsen Co., the voice of authority in measuring television audiences, that will give advertisers a more vivid and accurate snapshot than ever before of how many people are viewing commercials on a second-by-second basis, and who those people are. At a time when digital video...
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By Robert Manor and Robert Manor,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | March 12, 2004
Media giant Viacom Inc. and EchoStar Communications Corp., which operates the satellite DISH Network, have settled their dispute and returned CBS and MTV to viewers in major U.S. cities. But the rancor of the negotiations became obvious after EchoStar Chief Executive Officer Charles Ergen said that early in the talks, Viacom threatened to withhold the Super Bowl. "We got off on the wrong foot," Ergen said in a conference call with analysts and media. "There were some strong-arm tactics that were used."
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By Bloomberg News | August 29, 2006
EchoStar Communications Corp. has settled a nine-year legal fight with affiliates of the ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox television networks over the transmission to their markets of TV programs aired by broadcasters in other cities. EchoStar, the second-largest satellite TV service in the United States, agreed to pay $100 million to the affiliate associations, the Englewood, Colo.-based company said yesterday in a statement. The settlement lets EchoStar retain the distant broadcasts. Appeal rejected The operator of the Dish TV service is settling after losing an appeal to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who refused last week to block a lower-court ruling requiring it to stop transmitting distant broadcasts to hundreds of thousands of customers.
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By BLOOMBERG NEWS | December 1, 1998
LITTLETON, Colo. -- Echo- Star Communications Corp. will buy News Corp. and MCI WorldCom Inc.'s satellite television assets for $1.05 billion in stock as the two sellers abandon plans to set up a U.S. satellite TV business.News Corp. and MCI WorldCom Inc. will exchange satellite transmission licenses, two satellites, a satellite broadcast facility and other assets for a 37 percent stake in EchoStar, the No. 3 U.S. satellite TV provider.News Corp., controlled by Rupert Murdoch, and MCI WorldCom acquired the satellite licenses in 1996 in hopes of becoming partners to operate a major U.S. satellite TV company.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | January 26, 1996
MCI Communications Corp. bought a piece of the sky yesterday as its $682.5 million bid prevailed in the Federal Communications Commission's auction of the last remaining slot for satellite television service to the entire continental United States.After 19 rounds, MCI's deep pockets overcame the determined bidding by EchoStar Communications Corp., a small direct-broadcast satellite (DBS) provider from Colorado. EchoStar dropped out when the bidding hit $650 million.Washington-based MCI thus becomes the second large long distance provider to jump into the DBS business this week.
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By Dan Thanh Dang and Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF | March 10, 2004
In the latest case of brinkmanship between the providers and deliverers of television, EchoStar Communications Corp. blocked Viacom Inc. channels, including the CBS-TV affiliate in Baltimore, from its subscribers in a dispute over programming costs yesterday. EchoStar yanked MTV, BET and Nickelodeon from subscribers nationwide. It also blocked CBS affiliates on its satellite network yesterday in 16 cities, prompting thousands of angry calls from subscribers to both media giants. The skirmish - which affects as many as 9 million customers, including 1.6 million who watch CBS programming in the affected cities - could jeopardize their ability to watch this month's NCAA men's college basketball tournament.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | September 24, 2002
WASHINGTON - Staff members of the Justice Department have recommended that the government block the proposed $11.2 billion merger of the two largest satellite television broadcasters, DirecTV and EchoStar, because it would be anti-competitive, lawyers involved in the review said yesterday. If approved by Charles A. James, head of the Antitrust Division, the decision to block the merger will be a major victory for Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corp., who had sought unsuccessfully to buy DirecTV.
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By New York Times News Service | October 24, 2007
Google, which dominates the market for advertising on the Internet, seems to be hoping to do the same thing on television. The company is set to announce a partnership today with the Nielsen Co., the voice of authority in measuring television audiences, that will give advertisers a more vivid and accurate snapshot than ever before of how many people are viewing commercials on a second-by-second basis, and who those people are. At a time when digital video...
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August 8, 2004
A weekly briefing on the economic calendar Monday Wholesale inventories for June Earnings reports: Cablevision Systems Corp., Charter Communications Inc., Nicor Inc., Sysco Corp. Tuesday Preliminary second-quarter productivity report Federal Open Market Committee meeting to determine interest rates Earnings reports: Echostar Communications Corp., May Department Stores Co., Cisco Systems Inc., Walt Disney Co. Wednesday Earnings reports: Federated Department Stores Inc., Fox Entertainment Group Inc., News Corp.
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August 8, 2004
A weekly briefing on the economic calendar Monday Wholesale inventories for June Earnings reports: Cablevision Systems Corp., Charter Communications Inc., Nicor Inc., Sysco Corp. Tuesday Preliminary second-quarter productivity report Federal Open Market Committee meeting to determine interest rates Earnings reports: Echostar Communications Corp., May Department Stores Co., Cisco Systems Inc., Walt Disney Co. Wednesday Earnings reports: Federated Department Stores Inc., Fox Entertainment Group Inc., News Corp.
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By Robert Manor and Robert Manor,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | March 12, 2004
Media giant Viacom Inc. and EchoStar Communications Corp., which operates the satellite DISH Network, have settled their dispute and returned CBS and MTV to viewers in major U.S. cities. But the rancor of the negotiations became obvious after EchoStar Chief Executive Officer Charles Ergen said that early in the talks, Viacom threatened to withhold the Super Bowl. "We got off on the wrong foot," Ergen said in a conference call with analysts and media. "There were some strong-arm tactics that were used."
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By Dan Thanh Dang and Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF | March 10, 2004
In the latest case of brinkmanship between the providers and deliverers of television, EchoStar Communications Corp. blocked Viacom Inc. channels, including the CBS-TV affiliate in Baltimore, from its subscribers in a dispute over programming costs yesterday. EchoStar yanked MTV, BET and Nickelodeon from subscribers nationwide. It also blocked CBS affiliates on its satellite network yesterday in 16 cities, prompting thousands of angry calls from subscribers to both media giants. The skirmish - which affects as many as 9 million customers, including 1.6 million who watch CBS programming in the affected cities - could jeopardize their ability to watch this month's NCAA men's college basketball tournament.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | September 24, 2002
WASHINGTON - Staff members of the Justice Department have recommended that the government block the proposed $11.2 billion merger of the two largest satellite television broadcasters, DirecTV and EchoStar, because it would be anti-competitive, lawyers involved in the review said yesterday. If approved by Charles A. James, head of the Antitrust Division, the decision to block the merger will be a major victory for Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corp., who had sought unsuccessfully to buy DirecTV.
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November 3, 2001
AUSTRALIAN media magnate Rupert Murdoch once talked about launching a U.S. home satellite service that would be a lethal competitor to cable television. He nicknamed it Deathstar. A killer satellite service would come closer to reality under the proposed merger of the nation's two satellite television providers. It was announced recently that Mr. Murdoch abandoned his plan to acquire DirecTV, the nation's No. 1 home satellite provider. If federal regulators approve Echostar's $26 billion plan to acquire DirecTV, it would result in a monopoly serving more than 17 million subscribers.
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By Stacey Hirsh and Stacey Hirsh,SUN STAFF | October 30, 2001
In a deal that experts said will face tough scrutiny from regulators, EchoStar Communications Corp. agreed yesterday to buy General Motors Corp. subsidiary Hughes Electronics for more than $30 billion. The deal would create a satellite television giant with more than 16.7 million subscribers, if it goes through. But that's a big if. "The regulatory hurdles are high, and it's not a done deal until the [Federal Trade Commission] and the [Federal Communications Commission] sign off on it," said Adi Kishore, an analyst with Yankee Group in Boston.
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By Stacey Hirsh and Stacey Hirsh,SUN STAFF | October 30, 2001
In a deal that experts said will face tough scrutiny from regulators, EchoStar Communications Corp. agreed yesterday to buy General Motors Corp. subsidiary Hughes Electronics for more than $30 billion. The deal would create a satellite television giant with more than 16.7 million subscribers, if it goes through. But that's a big if. "The regulatory hurdles are high, and it's not a done deal until the [Federal Trade Commission] and the [Federal Communications Commission] sign off on it," said Adi Kishore, an analyst with Yankee Group in Boston.
NEWS
November 3, 2001
AUSTRALIAN media magnate Rupert Murdoch once talked about launching a U.S. home satellite service that would be a lethal competitor to cable television. He nicknamed it Deathstar. A killer satellite service would come closer to reality under the proposed merger of the nation's two satellite television providers. It was announced recently that Mr. Murdoch abandoned his plan to acquire DirecTV, the nation's No. 1 home satellite provider. If federal regulators approve Echostar's $26 billion plan to acquire DirecTV, it would result in a monopoly serving more than 17 million subscribers.
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By BLOOMBERG NEWS | December 1, 1998
LITTLETON, Colo. -- Echo- Star Communications Corp. will buy News Corp. and MCI WorldCom Inc.'s satellite television assets for $1.05 billion in stock as the two sellers abandon plans to set up a U.S. satellite TV business.News Corp. and MCI WorldCom Inc. will exchange satellite transmission licenses, two satellites, a satellite broadcast facility and other assets for a 37 percent stake in EchoStar, the No. 3 U.S. satellite TV provider.News Corp., controlled by Rupert Murdoch, and MCI WorldCom acquired the satellite licenses in 1996 in hopes of becoming partners to operate a major U.S. satellite TV company.
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF | January 26, 1996
MCI Communications Corp. bought a piece of the sky yesterday as its $682.5 million bid prevailed in the Federal Communications Commission's auction of the last remaining slot for satellite television service to the entire continental United States.After 19 rounds, MCI's deep pockets overcame the determined bidding by EchoStar Communications Corp., a small direct-broadcast satellite (DBS) provider from Colorado. EchoStar dropped out when the bidding hit $650 million.Washington-based MCI thus becomes the second large long distance provider to jump into the DBS business this week.
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