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EchoStar Asks U.S. Supreme Court To Protect Rights of All Americans to Choose
Posted 02 April 2002 - 03:22 PM
Check out the Press Release
Posted 02 April 2002 - 05:59 PM
Unfortunately, the PR doesn't mention any of their legal arguments - that could prove to be amusing.
I for one, would be very suprised if they could get any justices to agree to hear this.
Who knows, I doubt this goes far. This sounds like its all PR.
Posted 02 April 2002 - 06:11 PM
Posted 02 April 2002 - 06:55 PM
Posted 02 April 2002 - 10:48 PM
I say especially if the merger happens because up until now, cable really wasn't interested in or in many cases have the channels available to be able to do this. Dish and Direct separately did not have the capacity especially with must carry. But merged, they could participate in this. In addition, there are some who beleive multiple local stations in many markets will start to fade and regional stations will take their place, using relay antennas for over the air reception.
All this of course is only on paper and many new ideas are sure to emerge, but it shows that what is current very possibly will not be what exists in the near future. Those providers who are ready for these changes will profit.
Finally, I know there has been a debate whether locals should even be on satellite, but it seems to me the correct decision was made by Dish and Direct to carry them. I don't need to go any further than three of my four close neighbors in Connecticut who would love to switch to Satellite, but not until the local stations are available. Using an antenna is not a viable option for two of the networks, and Charter Cable charges $15.99 as the lowest tier of charges.
Posted 03 April 2002 - 08:38 AM
Posted 03 April 2002 - 11:49 AM
Seconndly, spotbeams would still be needed for other regional non-broadcast uses, video conferenceing, and Internet access.
Posted 03 April 2002 - 04:46 PM
Posted 03 April 2002 - 11:32 PM