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Football-crazed customers of DISH and Sling were left frustrated this weekend after Disney pulled its channels—which include ESPN networks—from the two platforms as the two sides failed to extend their carriage agreement. A handshake deal was made late Sunday to restore the channels, but the dispute shows just how difficult it is to move sports away from a linear distribution model. Just as challenging is the FCC’s merger review of Standard General’s acquisition of TEGNA. The Commission wants more information on each company’s evaluation of the transaction and set a deadline for Oct. 13.

DISH-Disney Spat Highlights the DTC-Linear Imbalance
DISH and Disney ’s weekend dust-up is a case study on why it’s so difficult to move sports from linear, even as cracks appear in the distribution model. While DISH and Sling customers lost ESPN hours Read More »
FCC Seeks Retrans, Jobs Info for Standard General-Tegna
Friday marked Day 162 of the FCC ’s merger review of Standard General ’s $5.4 billion acquisition of Tegna, and the agency wants more information. FCC Media Bureau Chief Holly Saurer sent a letter Thursday Read More »
Changes at CW as Nexstar Closes Deal
Nexstar officially closed the deal that’ll see it acquire a 75% ownership stake in the CW Network, and the new CW leadership team is taking shape. Dennis Miller will take the reigns as President and resign from his duties on Nexstar’s board. Read More »
Rise in Demand for More Bandwidth and Quality Broadband
Over the past decade, a growing percentage of US households are connected to the internet but do not receive home internet service from a traditional home internet provider. The bulk of these consumers are "mobile-only," connected via a smartphone or tablet. Read More »
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