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Dish Network Aims to Leave Broadcasters Out of Basic Web-TV Package Yes, Dish Network is powering up to challenge the likes of Amazon and NetFlix in the web TV war. However, it seems that the cost per channel will be more than their regular satellite TV packages. But with more competition that price is sure to come down. Dish Network Corp. wants to leave broadcast channels out of the basic package it offers consumers when it launches an online TV service, people familiar with the matter said, a move that is emerging as a sticking point in negotiations with major media companies. The satellite operator has said its service, which is expected to debut soon, will cost in the neighborhood of a “dollar a day,” or roughly $30 a month, and offer an array of well-known cable channels. But Dish is proposing to relegate broadcasters such as ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox to a separate “tier” that would cost consumers more. Such a move, if successful, would flip on its head the longtime practice of cable and satellite operators offering broadcast networks in their lowest-cost packages. Dish’s proposal is meeting with resistance from broadcasters. TV channels generally want to be carried in the most widely available package. Broadcasters such as Fox and CBS have been touting the revenue from pay-TV carriage fees as a major growth driver for their businesses. That subscription money is becoming especially important in a soft ad market. Walt Disney Co. ’s ABC is the only major broadcaster that has a deal in place with Dish for the online service, part of a broader carriage agreement for Disney networks. Under that contract, Dish has the option to place ABC on a separate tier, subject to other conditions, a person familiar with the matter said. If Dish doesn’t convince other broadcasters to go along with a separate tier within a certain period of time, ABC would become part of the basic Dish package, another person familiar with the situation said. From The Wall Street Journal I guess everyone wants a piece of the pie. If consumers have to pay more for ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, I don’t think they’ll go for it. It will be interesting to see how Dish Network handles this.   DirecTV Revenue Rises on Growth in U.S. AT&T is in process of buying DirecTV. With declining revenues, thanks to web TV services popping up all over the place, it wil be interesting to see how AT&T turns this company around. DirecTV said its revenue rose in the latest quarter on the strength of its U.S. operations, as the satellite-television provider awaits regulatory clearance of its deal to be bought by AT&T Inc. Shares of the company rose 3.1% in premarket trading as its results topped analysts’ expectations. The $49 billion deal between AT&T and DirecTV, which is expected to close during the first half of the year, would be yet another major transformation for the communications industry. With increasing competition from competitors such as T-Mobile U.S. Inc., AT&T looks to challenge rival telecom giant Verizon Communications Inc. in the TV space. The two telecommunications giants AT&T and Verizon are in a battle to control the entertainment ariwaves. We can only hope that the war between the two will result in lower satellite and web TV subscription prices. From The Wall Street Journal
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