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Recent passage in Congress of new satellite legislation helped to thwart a growing war between broadcasters and satellite providers, but the compromises reached ultimately left both sides less than fully satisfied.
On Dec. 31, 2004, the 1999 version of the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act (SHVIA) was scheduled to terminate. But on Nov. 20, Congress renewed the legislation's most critical provisions under a new measure called the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act (SHVERA).
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Within the next two to three years, direct-to-home satellite subscribers could have access to all of their area's local digital TV broadcasts via their satellite service.
Local TV On Satellite (LTVS), a company majority owned by Capitol Broadcasting of Raleigh, N.C., is making "great progress" in laying the groundwork to provide a local digital TV service platform that both DirecTv and EchoStar could make available to their customers, according to LTVS chief operation officer John Hutchinson.
For the past several years, the satellite television industry has been experiencing exponential growth. With the passage of the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act (SHVIA) into law late last year, consumers in rural, suburban and urban areas have been flocking to satellite as never before.
Soliciting grassroots support for their prosposed merger, EchoStar and DirecTV recently reached out to consumers through a local information campaign.
The effort focused on a series of media events they will stage throughout the country in coming weeks, to play up the benefits the satellite providers say the proposed $26 billion deal will bring to end users.
The first leg of the campaign targeted Green Bay, Wis., Helena, Mont., and Salt Lake City.
In a recent online survey, more than three-fourths of consumers said they would rather receive 3D content via their cable or satellite provider compared with those respondents who prefer Blu-ray/DVD, which was the second choice overall.
The second annual 3D study, which was conducted by Quixel Research, surveyed 1,000 HDTV owners online to quantify as well as qualify their opinions on 3D technology.
Las Vegas -- Anyone interested in seeing the future of the burgeoning personal video recorder (PVR) category needed to go no farther than last month's Satellite Broadcasting & Communications Show, where a legion of the new devices appeared disguised as satellite receivers.
Rivals DirecTv and EchoStar presented a rare unified front for Capitol Hill lawmakers in an effort to influence new satellite home viewer legislation that would, among other things, permit local television stations via satellite under terms "competitive" to those offered cable operators.
Since its inception in 1994, Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) television has been one of the fastest growing consumer electronic products of all time.
In just over seven years, DBS has grown to over 16.7 million households — representing over 44 million viewers.
Although the nation's two primary direct-to-home satellite TV suppliers are moving to significantly increase their HDTV offerings, both have been offering HD channels for several years.
DirecTV's current HD package includes ESPN HD, ESPN2 HD, Discovery HD Theater, Universal HD, HDNet, HDNet Movies and HD Special Event for $10.99 per month.
In August of 1976, Taylor Howard built the first private satellite television system.
Twenty-six years later, nearly 20 million American homes enjoy the value and quality that only satellite technology can provide.
Taylor Howard applied science to a vision and created an industry.