The Skinny

It’s been well-documented how much sports rights costs have increased over the years, leaving vMVPDs like fuboTV to strategize on how to ensure a positive rate of return. The streamer said at its first-ever investor day that it will do so through its major media partners. Meanwhile, DirecTV and DISH continue to wage war in Washington over the 12 GHz band, and neither are ready to wave a white flag.

fuboTV Stepping Back from U.S. Sports Rights Fights
fuboTV isn’t completely walking away from exclusive sports rights, but it isn’t too interested in deals that won’t allow it to aggregate sports content in the most affordable manner. Read More »
DirecTV Pushes Back Against DISH 12 GHz Critiques
In an ex parte filed at the FCC, DirecTV detailed the faults it sees in DISH’s objections to a study proclaiming that opening the 12 GHz band to 5G mobile services would cause harmful interference to DirecTV. Read More »
Sinclair Optimistic on Bally Sports+ Sub Numbers
Sinclair’s Diamond Sports Group isn’t sharing early subscriber numbers for its Bally Sports+ RSN streaming offering, but it is more confident than ever that it can reach its long-term target of 5-10 million subs. Read More »
Effros: Reverse Engineering
We appear to be in the middle of a massive experiment in reverse engineering regarding video distribution. The end result, I suspect, is going to prove that reverse engineering allows a potential competitor to find out that the original design actually worked, and it’s unlikely to be significantly improved. Read More »
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