TV Content wars, blackouts could spur M+A

July 19, 2012

Dish customers: No 'Breaking Bad' for you! (Photo: Reuters)

 

Evercore analyst Bryan Kraft believes the prolonged blackout that has left DirecTV’s 20 million subscribers without MTV, Comedy Central or Nickelodeon for a week, could lead to some industry consolidation.

Viacom drags online video into DirecTV dispute

July 12, 2012

Stephen Colbert looks nonplussed. (Photo: Reuters)

Just as we were getting prepared for the latest round in the increasingly vicious battles between programmers and TV distributors, the Viacom fight with DirecTV took a new twist.

What’s Charlie Ergen’s strategy this week?

November 7, 2011

Satellite TV billionaire Charlie Ergen isn’t a regular on Dish Network’s analyst conference calls these days especially

Netflix soars, investors cheer…then Web service crashes.

October 21, 2010

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It’s been a heady few months for Netflix, the DVD by-mail company fast becoming a online video streaming service. Yesterday, its third quarter numbers again beat Wall Street expectations as it revealed it is now the third largest video subscription service behind Comcast and DirecTV with nearly 17 million subscribers. Wall Street analysts at UBS and Oppenheimer, already in love with the company, upgraded it on Thursday morning helping to push shares to a new record high of $174.40 before closing at $172.69. To think you could have bought the stock for $47.56 exactly one year ago.

Charlie Ergen: Satellite cowboy, TV viewer, pitchman

August 3, 2010

Charlie Ergen is best known in media business circles as the straight talking homely founder of satellite TV provider Dish Network Corp. He’s often been disarmingly honest on quarterly conference calls with Wall Street analysts by admitting that he had personally taken his eye off the ball when the company was losing customers a few years ago or putting his annual family vacation ahead of being present on the quarterly call.

Karmazin, Ergen and Malone: paper tigers?

February 12, 2009

When media moguls duke it out, what’s their battleground? Newspapers, evidently.

Looks like Yahoo’s not buying Tumblr

February 10, 2009

Gawker/Valleywag created a bit of stir on the blogosphere Monday with its report that Yahoo was in talks to buy blogging startup Tumblr for “low to mid-eight figures,” or as much as $50 million.

DirecTV bats for cricket in the U.S.

January 28, 2009

Sports fans in the US will now have the chance to cheer fours and sixes as much as home runs.

An unclear future for DISH?

September 29, 2008

charlieergen1999.jpgWall Street sell-side analysts seemed to be unsurprised by AT&T’s decision to pick DirecTV as its video marketing partner for its version of the ‘triple play’ package, in regions where it hasn’t built out its U-verse digital service.

TiVo CEO: Subscribers will come

September 3, 2008

ParrotsA couple of years ago, if you had suggested TiVo and DirecTV would ever kiss and make up — after DirecTV dumped TiVo in favor of DVRs by NDS (then a cousin in the News Corp Family) — you might have said it was as likely as “90210″ coming back to TV.