Consumers Want 3D From Cable, Satellite

Consumers Want 3D From Cable, Satellite

By Greg Tarr On Jan 7 2010 - 8:00am




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.

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Will Dealers Be Squeezed By A Satellite Merger?

Will Dealers Be Squeezed By A Satellite Merger?

By Jimmy Schaeffler On Jan 8 2002 - 8:00am




Charlie Ergen and company are faced with a dilemma. The chairman of EchoStar has built his business on the backs of the small, independent satellite retailers, also known in the satellite business as a Television Receive Only (or TVRO) dealers.

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SBCA Tallies 18.3 Million Satellite Homes

SBCA Tallies 18.3 Million Satellite Homes

By Greg Tarr On Mar 11 2002 - 8:00am




Despite a looming mega merger between DBS suppliers, the home satellite TV industry continued to register "dramatic growth" in 2001, according to subscriber figures compiled by the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association (SBCA).

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High Definition Will Remain Key To Satellite Success

High Definition Will Remain Key To Satellite Success

By Jimmy Schaeffler On Dec 23 2002 - 8:00am




Despite the apparent failure of their planned merger, the nation's two direct broadcast satellite operators should continue to use HDTV as a critical tool in drawing new subscribers from their cable competitors.

Though slowed by their merger setback, DirecTV and EchoStar both say they will continue to push the envelope on delivery of new digital services, even as their cable competition announces multichannel HDTV services in many markets.

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Direct Broadcast Satellite Providers Tally Q1 Net Subs

Direct Broadcast Satellite Providers Tally Q1 Net Subs

By Greg Tarr On May 21 2001 - 6:00am




The nation's two direct broadcast satellite (DBS) providers reported continued subscriber gains for the first quarter of 2001, although churn took a nip out of net totals for DirecTV.

EchoStar reported strong subscriber growth, as the Dish Network added about 460,000 net new subscribers. Cumulative totals for Dish at the end of Q1 registered approximately 5.72 million subscribers, for a 48 percent increase over the 3.9 million subscribers at the end of March 2000.

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Cable, Satellite Face Off At Best Buy

Cable, Satellite Face Off At Best Buy

By Greg Tarr




Demonstrating its willingness to take on multiple service platforms, Best Buy said it has signed on as the only national electronics chain to carry satellite-based broadband Internet equipment and services for Hughes Network Services' (HNS) DirecPC system.

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SHERVA Saves Satellite Opportunities

SHERVA Saves Satellite Opportunities

Jimmy Schaeffler On Dec 20 2004 - 8:00am




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).

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Satellite Firm Lays Groundwork For Local DTV

Satellite Firm Lays Groundwork For Local DTV

By Greg Tarr




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.

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In Direct-To-Home Satellite The Best Is Still To Come

In Direct-To-Home Satellite The Best Is Still To Come

By Chuck Hewitt On Jan 6 2001 - 8:00am




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.

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Satellite Rivals Appeal To Congress

Satellite Rivals Appeal To Congress

By Greg Tarr




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.

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