JESSELL AT LARGE

Jessell | Court Should Quash Retrans-Killer Locast

How does Locast think it can get away with retransmitting broadcast signals to smartphones and smart TVs without compensating broadcasters? By claiming to be a nonprofit. But I expect that a federal judge will see through that fiction and find that it is nothing more than a front for Dish and AT&T’s DirecTV.

 

QUARTERLY REPORT

Dish Loses 31,000 Subs In Second Quarter

Dish reported losing around 79,000 Dish TV subscribers during the latest quarter, while adding around 48,000 Sling TV subscribers.

FX, NatGeo Avoid Blackout As Talks Continue

FX and National Geographic will remain on Dish Network as negotiations continue with Disney over carriage fees past a midnight deadline. FX, FXX, FXM, National Geographic and National Geographic Wild and all included in the dispute, but sources report productive conversations between Disney and Dish.

RETRANS

Dish Drops Meredith-Owned Stations

The stations group has 16 stations pulled off the satellite service.

RETRANS | UPDATED JULY 14, 11:19 AM ET

Meredith-Dish Retrans Deadline Looms

If Dish and Meredith fail to reach an agreement, 16 Meredith-owned stations’ programming will not be available on Dish systems as of 7 p.m. ET on July 15.

Google, Dish In Talks To Form Mobile Carrier

Google is in talks to help create a fourth U.S. wireless carrier, even as Sprint and T-Mobile struggle to get their controversial merger cleared with federal and state authorities.

DOJ Pushes T-Mobile To Give More To Dish

If the Department of Justice is going to allow T-Mobile to merge with Sprint, it’s going to need more concessions from Deutsche Telekom. The German telecommunications company that will control a combined T-Mobile/Sprint is in talks with both Dish Network and the DOJ on the parameters of a divestiture and spectrum-hosting agreement that will prop up Dish as a new U.S. wireless competitor. Deutsche Telekom, Dish and the DOJ are close to an agreement, and a deal could be finalized by next week, according to people familiar with the matter.

Dish Near $6B Deal For T-Mobile, Sprint Assets

Dish Network Corp. is in talks to pay at least $6 billion for assets that T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint Corp. are unloading to win regulatory approval for their merger, according to people familiar with the matter. Dish could announce a deal as soon as this week, said the people, who asked to not be identified because the matter isn’t public. The deal hasn’t been finalized and talks could still fall through, they added.

DirecTV And Dish Said To Be Open To Merging

AT&T Inc.’s DirecTV and Dish Network Corp., suffering the steepest subscriber losses in the pay-TV industry, are open to a merger and both companies believe such a deal could pass muster with U.S. regulators, according to people familiar with their thinking.

Dish Adds Ex-Fuse CEO Michael Schwimmer