As owners of earth stations, broadcasters may be able to cut themselves in for a portion of the billions that satellite operators hope to get from the sale of some of their C-band spectrum to 5G wireless carriers. But I’d rather see the taxpayers get the excess proceeds.
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.
Is satellite TV a dying business? The longtime main competitor to landline-based cable TV operators — as well as fiber-based telco services — is now being usurped by Internet-delivered services of TV networks and on-demand programming.
More than ever, satellite services suffer interference from human error, the inability to track systems that aren’t performing and intentional jamming by unfriendly governments that don’t want particular content to reach their populations. And the wireless industry’s push to get satellite’s spectrum also is interrupting service, according to panelists at the Content and Communications World conference.