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CURRENT ISSUE'S HEADLINES

WEDNESDAY JULY 27, 2016

DIRECTV POSTS MORE NET SUBS FOR AT&T
A year after AT&T acquired DirecTv, AT&T said the DBS service was pulling its video weight with net subscriber additions, while at the same time loses at the telco’s “U-verse” wireline video dragged AT&T to an overall video subscriber loss in the second quarter of this year.

DISH NETWORK FINANCIALS RISE, NET SUBS SINK
Citing a laundry list of reasons for the drop, Dish Network said it posted its sharpest ever net video subscriber losses during this year's second quarter, while at the same time posting improved profits and slightly higher revenues.

FCC STANDS PAT ON RETRANS RULES
WASHINGTON—Arguing the current rules are broad enough that the Federal Communications Commission can address specific problems when it needs to, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler (D) recently handed video services a major setback, and broadcasters a big victory, by saying the commission does not plan to make any changes to the good-faith negotiating provisions of the retransmission consent regime.

SUNBEAM STATION OUTLOOK CLOUDS UP FOR DBS SERVICES
At press time, following the July 15 expiration of their retransmission consent agreement, the Sunbeam Television-owned local television stations in the Miami and Boston markets remained unavailable through AT&T's DirecTv DBS service.

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TODAY'S HEADLINES

AUG. 22, 2016

NCTA DISMISSES VIDEO 'APP' PROPOSAL CRITICS
SMALL MARKET STATIONS REMAIN OFF DIRECTV
GROUP KEEPS UP 5G TERRESTIRAL DBS USE PUSH
SCHERMAN'S NOTEBOOK: Wheeler running out of time on video standard and likely will end up claiming victory with watered down version...Dish Network supporting NAB-Sinclair antenna program take the cake...Thank goodness the Olympics are over.
NEWS & NOTES: Ending a long-running battle
over control of Viacom stemming from the failing health of Sumner Redstone, Viacom and parent company National Amusements announced Philippe Dauman agreed to resign as chairman...Bids in the FCC's auction of spectrum broadcasters have “voluntarily” agreed to relinquish in exchange for a portion of the proceeds totaled $11.527 billion at the end of the seventh round of
bidding Friday.
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