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Voom Pitches HD Nets: Will Distributors Bite?
Posted 15 September 2005 - 01:02 AM
By Linda Moss 8/22/2005
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VOOM PITCHES HD NETS
In a difficult environment, Rainbow Media Holdings LLC is officially pitching distributors on Voom HD Networks, salvaged from Chuck Dolan’s defunct satellite service.
Rainbow will start off by marketing a suite of 10 HDTV channels, networks that EchoStar Communications Corp. is already carrying, to cable. By the end of the first quarter next year, Voom HD will expand to 21 networks, Rainbow CEO Joshua Sapan said last week.
“We have had the beginning of conversations with distributors,” Sapan said. “This marks the more-official kickoff of some of them.”.....
He wouldn’t specify how big a license fee Rainbow will seek for Voom HD, which will only be offered as a full suite, with distributors required to take all its networks. “It’s of its maximum effect when it’s carried as a whole,” Sapan said.
Rainbow, which is being spun off by parent Cablevision Systems Corp., wants distributors to offer Voom HD as part of a basic HDTV basic package, not as a separate HD tier with its own price tag.....
Earlier this year Cablevision — after a huge battle between the elder Dolan and his son, Cablevision CEO James Dolan — sold its Rainbow 1 satellite to EchoStar Communications Corp. for $200 million and shut down the DBS service. The Voom HD networks were saved, though, because EchoStar received a 20% stake in the channels and agreed to offer them on its Dish Network DBS platform under a 15-year carriage deal...
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Posted 15 September 2005 - 09:19 AM
I feel the hand of Rupert at work here, as Kevin Martin and the FCC seem to be in the NAB's back pocket and they hate Charlie with a passion and would love to slap him down.
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