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The Skies Have It: Affordable Broadband Internet for All

The rural broadband delivery business is rapidly changing. When Dish Network's super-cheap broadband-via-satellite service, dishNET, went live in October, it prompted a satellite Internet price-war. dishNET download speeds reach 10 Mbps. Service starts at $39.99 a month for 10 GB of data at 5 Mbps i...

FCC Chair to Put AT&T/T-Mobile Merger on the Grill

The proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger hit another obstacle Tuesday when the chairman of the FCC called the deal harmful to consumers. AT&T will have to prove otherwise if FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski gets his way. He's asked that the other commissioners approve an administrative hearing on th...

FCC Chair to Put AT&T/T-Mobile Merger on the Grill

The proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger hit another obstacle Tuesday when the chairman of the FCC called the deal harmful to consumers. AT&T will have to prove otherwise if FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski gets his way. He's asked that the other commissioners approve an administrative hearing on th...

Dish Scoops Up Blockbuster for a Pittance

Blockbuster -- once the king of video rentals -- has reached an ignoble end. The carcass of the once-sterling company has been snatched up for nothing, for its bones. Dish Network announced on Wednesday that it was the winning bidder in the bankruptcy court auction for the assets of Blockbuster. The...

Court Sees DVR Case TiVo’s Way

TiVo stock skyrocketed Thursday following news that it had won its long-running court case against sister companies Dish Network and EchoStar. Specifically, a federal appeals court affirmed a previous contempt finding against Dish and EchoStar for violating a court-ordered permanent injunction to st...

Dish Network DVR Features Get Stay of Execution

The final day of reckoning in the four-year battle between TiVo and EchoStar has been pushed out a little further. Late Wednesday evening, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit granted EchoStar's request to stay a contempt order imposed by the U.S. District Court the day before, until it...

Dish Network, EchoStar Slide on Mixed Q4 Reports

Satellite television provider Dish Network and its former parent, EchoStar, reported Q4 financial results on Monday. Dish Network reported revenue of $2.92 billion for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2008, a 1 percent increase over the same period in 2007. Net income totaled $217 million, compared with $...

EchoStar Shares Fly High on AT&T Bid Rumors

Telecommunications giant AT&T may make an offer to buy Dish Network parent company EchoStar, according to a published report that sent EchoStar's stock soaring Monday. AT&T reportedly is in the process of preparing to go public with a formal offer for EchoStar, something that could happen be...

EchoStar Shares Fly High on AT&T Bid Rumors

Telecommunications giant AT&T may make an offer to buy Dish Network parent company EchoStar, according to a published report that sent EchoStar's stock soaring Monday. AT&T reportedly is in the process of preparing to go public with a formal offer for EchoStar, something that could happen be...

EchoStar Shares Fly High on AT&T Bid Rumors

Telecommunications giant AT&T may make an offer to buy Dish Network parent company EchoStar, according to a published report that sent EchoStar's stock soaring Monday. AT&T reportedly is in the process of preparing to go public with a formal offer for EchoStar, something that could happen be...

Conquer and Divide: EchoStar May Sling Off New Acquisition

Having agreed to buy Slingbox maker Sling Media, Dish Network parent company EchoStar Communications now is considering splitting itself into two distinct companies. The Colorado-based satellite TV company wants to separate its consumer-based and wholesale businesses, a move it says will allow both ...

Google Banks $1B in Q1

Internet search engine leader Google reported massive quarterly financial gains Thursday, posting a net income of $1 billion in the first quarter of 2007, up from $592 million in the first quarter of 2006, and blowing past Wall Street's expectations. Google's 69 percent growth far surpassed Yahoo's ...

Google Leaps Into Boob Tube Ad Biz

Continuing its drive to expand its reach beyond the Web, Google reached a deal to partner with satellite TV provider EchoStar to deliver television spots for its advertising clients. Together, the companies will create what they called the first automated system for buying, selling, distributing and...

Sling Media Launches Trio of Place-Shifting TV Boxes

Time-shifting device maker Sling Media on Thursday launched three new versions of its Slingbox remote TV appliances. The new models boast speeds up to 400 percent faster than older versions, with support for high-definition TV as well as a variety of other TV setups. Sling Media peddles consumer ele...

AT&T, MobiTV to Offer Mobile Broadband TV Service

AT&T and MobiTV are now offering a mobile television service to broadband users. Called AT&T Broadband TV, it is available to subscribers of any broadband service. AT&T and MobiTV have already partnered to offer MobiTV's content to users of AT&T's WiFi hot spots; this new offering is...

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