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Voom Pitches HD Nets: Will Distributors Bite?

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  1. Darkman

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    Apr 16, 2002
    Voom Pitches HD Nets: Will Distributors Bite?


    By Linda Moss 8/22/2005
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    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...

    ( Source for those few paragraphs above, that MAY require a FREE Subscription to be able to read the ENTIRE (LONG) :) article: http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA6250103.html )
  2. BobMurdoch

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    Apr 24, 2002
    This all assumes the FCC doesn't scotch the sale. I'm getting nervous..... They are almost a month past their 180 day deadline they boast of sticking to on their website for resolving these requests.

    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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