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Clearwire lays out its case for a Sprint buyout

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Sprint Nextel's network partner Clearwire hasn't been able to find any other big wholesale customers nor sell any of its spectrum, so selling out to Sprint is the only real option for its shareholders, the company said Monday.A letter sent to shareholders on Monday lays out several alternatives to...
Clearwire lays out its case for a Sprint buyout

Clearwire to Take $80 Million Funding Draw From Sprint

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Clearwire Corp. will again tap financing from Sprint Nextel Corp. under their buyout deal, taking a $80 million draw for May that will be the last available before Clearwire shareholders vote on the deal. In December, Sprint offered to buy the rest of Clearwire in a $2.2 billion deal, and...
Clearwire to Take $80 Million Funding Draw From Sprint

ABC's livestreaming TV app comes to Kindle Fire

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Following its initial launch on iOS, broadcast television network ABC is bringing its livestreaming app “Watch ABC” to Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD, the company announced today. The app itself will bring live TV to the Kindle Fire as its broadcasted on regular television. It also offers...
ABC's livestreaming TV app comes to Kindle Fire

A New Era in TV

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TV image via Tomislav PinterWe have entered a new era in TV. My parents grew up in the 1950s and 1960s watching broadcast/network TV. I grew up in the 1970’s and 1980’s watching cable (and satellite) TV. My children and are growing up watching TV delivered “Over The Top” (OTT),...
A New Era in TV

LightSquared asks to share weather-balloon spectrum for its LTE network

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Embattled satellite carrier LightSquared proposed on Friday that the government let it share spectrum with federal uses such as weather balloons so it can get enough spectrum to launch its proposed national LTE mobile network. LightSquared would give up on deploying LTE in one band of spectrum that it...
LightSquared asks to share weather-balloon spectrum for its LTE network

Clearwire Shareholder Hires Proxy Firm in Bid to Stop Sprint Deal

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Crest Financial said Wednesday that it has hired a proxy solicitation firm to aid in its opposition of Sprint’s plan to acquire the rest of Clearwire. The Houston-based investment company owns 3.9 percent of Clearwire and has already sued Clearwire and its directors, arguing that they have breached their fiduciary...
Clearwire Shareholder Hires Proxy Firm in Bid to Stop Sprint Deal

Clearwire Shareholders to Press for Higher Buyout

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Some Clearwire Corp. shareholders have formed a group with the aim of getting a higher buyout price for the mobile broadband provider than the one currently in place from Sprint Nextel Corp. In December, Clearwire’s majority owner, Sprint, offered to buy the rest of Clearwire that it doesn’t own for...
Clearwire Shareholders to Press for Higher Buyout

Dish Networks Makes $5.15 Billion Offer for Clearwire

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Satellite TV player Dish Networks has made an unsolicited offer to buy out Clearwire, the wireless broadband service that’s mostly owned by Sprint for $3.30 a share or about $5.15 billion. Clearwire said the Dish offer amounts to only a preliminary indication of interest, and that while it intends to...
Dish Networks Makes $5.15 Billion Offer for Clearwire

Google launches YouTube TV channel with UK's Freesat

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Google is partnering with the U.K. satellite-TV box Freesat to offer an HTML5 YouTube channel starting in March, the companies announced Monday (PDF). Freesat, which is backed by the BBC and U.K. TV network ITV, is a set-top satellite TV box that offers 180 channels and doesn’t require a monthly subscription. (Users...
Google launches YouTube TV channel with UK's Freesat
Clearwire stock jumps 8% on Dish's $5B offer
NimbleTV launches online TV service into New York beta: cable or satellite from anywhere on all your devices
ABC could be the first broadcaster to livestream its TV shows via mobile apps

Intel, like Apple, is having trouble getting content deals for its TV product, won't be ready for CES

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Adding to an earlier report, the WSJ today says that Intel’s TV initiative isn’t nearly ready for primetime The Intel Plan: Intel has pitched media companies on a plan to create a “virtual cable operator,” which would offer U.S. TV channels nationwide over the Internet in a bundle similar to...
Intel, like Apple, is having trouble getting content deals for its TV product, won't be ready for CES
Dish Network/Sprint Combination: Good Or Bad For Consumers?

SnagFilms Extends Distribution With Multichannel VOD And Streaming Deals

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SnagFilms has already proven it can be profitable. But now, with several fresh rounds of funding, the indie documentary video on demand service is trying to get a lot bigger. SnagFilms has reached deals with iN Demand and Dish Network (NSDQ: DISH) that put its transactional programming service in...
SnagFilms Extends Distribution With Multichannel VOD And Streaming Deals

Can Google Save DISH?

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The blogosphere has been in a bit of a frenzy ever since The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Google has started to test a new service on selected DISH set-top boxes. The Journal’s Jessica Vascellaro told her readers that the application makes it possible to search for content carried...
Can Google Save DISH?

Iraqi Government Shutters Television Stations It Doesn't Like

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Some of us had hoped that the liberation in Iraq would finally produce an example of a once clamped-down, dictatorial regime giving way to a pluralistic government in the Middle East. The theory was that after years of oppressive rule by the minority Sunni population, an inclusive government would...
Iraqi Government Shutters Television Stations It Doesn't Like

These 2 Charts Show How The Simple Act Of Watching TV Is Dying In The U.S. (TWC, DISH, T, VZ)

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I have argued recently that cable TV faces the same extinction threat as the hard-wired telephone, as consumers show less interest in watching shows on a television in favor of DVDs, iPads and other internet video streaming sources. My argument caused some controversy, which I'll address with the two...
These 2 Charts Show How The Simple Act Of Watching TV Is Dying In The U.S. (TWC, DISH, T, VZ)

LinkTV World News for the iPad wants to reinvent global news for the YouTube era

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Link TV is launching a free iPad app dedicated to curating the most important video coverage of major international news events, its non-profit parent company Link Media announced today. Called LinkTV World News, it combines mainstream media content to eyewitness reports and documentaries. According to Link TV president and CEO, Paul S. Mason, the...
LinkTV World News for the iPad wants to reinvent global news for the YouTube era

Intel Developing Web-Based TV Service

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Intel Corp. is developing an Internet-based TV service that it hopes to sell to U.S. consumers, a strategic shift for the chip maker that makes it the latest technology company to look at a foray in the pay-TV business. The Silicon Valley company has for several months been pitching media...
Intel Developing Web-Based TV Service

Hulu's possible future: A playground for cable subscribers

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The TV and video streaming service is rumored to be swapping its free Internet model for one that requires users to pay for cable or satellite TV. [Read more]...
Hulu's possible future: A playground for cable subscribers

Rather Than Bitching About The Failure Of SOPA/PIPA, Rupert Murdoch Should Take A Closer Look At His Own Policies

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It's well established that Rupert Murdoch threw a bit of a hissy fit on Twitter, after public protests helped put SOPA and PIPA on hold. However, as plenty of people have been pointing out, perhaps the real problem is with Murdoch's (and others') own business model choices. Danny Sullivan recently...
Rather Than Bitching About The Failure Of SOPA/PIPA, Rupert Murdoch Should Take A Closer Look At His Own Policies

NBC's Olympic Web Video Plan: Live, Legal and "Painful"

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Warren Little/Getty Images During the last summer Olympics, NBC wouldn’t show some of the most exciting events live on the Web, because it wanted to protect its ratings for its taped TV highlights. Four years later, the programmer has wised up, and will livestream every single event starting July...
NBC's Olympic Web Video Plan: Live, Legal and "Painful"
Now CBS is threatening to become a cable channel if Aereo isn't shut down

No Name, No Email, No Problem: nFluence Media Raises $3M For Anonymous Deal-Targeting Tech

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Seattle and London-based nFluence Media emerged from two years of stealth mode to announce it has raised $3 million for a deal-targeting technology whose first application will be a daily deal aggregating iPhone app, due out later this month. However, the company is not necessarily just another player in the...
No Name, No Email, No Problem: nFluence Media Raises $3M For Anonymous Deal-Targeting Tech

Netflix to arrive on future Freesat satellite TV boxes

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Netflix making good on those investment promises for its UK viewers, with the streaming service set to be included in a new set-top box revealed tomorrow. According to The Telegraph, the new device will link straight into Netflix services. Freesat's satellite TV offering launched back in 2008, with both...
Netflix to arrive on future Freesat satellite TV boxes

Dish warns the FCC its 4G LTE might come in earnest as late as 2016

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Dish has been tranquil about facing a longer FCC review period for its planned LTE-based 4G network, and now we might have an idea as to why. The satellite TV giant is telling the FCC that it only expects coverage to reach up to 60 million potential customers "within...
Dish warns the FCC its 4G LTE might come in earnest as late as 2016

Verizon Drops Muslim TV Channel Whose Owner Beheaded His General Manager (VZ)

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Verizon will drop the Muslim cable channel Bridges TV on March 14, almost a year to the day after the channel's owner was sentenced to life in prison for beheading his wife, who was also the station's general manager.The murder occurred at Bridges TV's studio in 2009, six days...
Verizon Drops Muslim TV Channel Whose Owner Beheaded His General Manager (VZ)

DirecTV, ViaSat launch Exede satellite broadband and TV bundles

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Rural dwellers waiting for those promised DirecTV and ViaSat bundles can at last swing into action. The two have launched Exede satellite broadband bundles that slash the monthly internet access rates by $10 during the first year, and waive the $50 setup, in return for signing a 2-year satellite...
DirecTV, ViaSat launch Exede satellite broadband and TV bundles

Sky reveals streaming TV plans for non-subscribers, plus Sky Go Android app

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Sky has revealed a new on-demand streaming TV service, offering subscription-based and pay-per-view content to those who haven’t signed up to the network’s satellite TV option. Set to launch in the UK in the first half of this year, the new Sky internet TV service will stream content to computers, tablets, mobile...
Sky reveals streaming TV plans for non-subscribers, plus Sky Go Android app
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