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The Consumers Union voiced support for SES Americom's proposed AMERICOM2HOME satellite TV service, telling the Federal Communications Commission that the offering will provide more pay-TV choices for consumers and provide alternative distribution channels for content providers.

In its comments, the Consumers Union said ongoing consolidation, such as the pending mergers of EchoStar and DirecTV and AT&T and Comcast, threatens to increase concentration in an already-concentrated multichannel TV market. That reduction in competition will likely result in higher prices for consumers, the organization said.

"Addition of the AMERICOM2HOME platform to the already limited choices available to programmers and consumers could have the opposite effect, strengthening competition and lowering prices in the (multichannel) market," the Consumers Union told the FCC. "Instead of the three - and in many cases two - choices available to most U.S. consumers for MVPD service, a fourth or third option will become available through the grant of the (SES) petition."

SES Americom has asked the FCC for permission to launch and operate a satellite TV service from an orbital location it has at 105 degrees. The AMERICOM2HOME offering would be a "best-in-class DBS satellite platform," in which content providers will lease capacity from SES for delivery of programming and interactive entertainment to consumers with a small dish.

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This is bound to happen sometime that a c-band type structure to occur where you can order programming not in packages but just the channels itself and receive any free channels up there and all of this to be on dbs. This would for sure move a LOT of people off of c-band dishes if they can compete in price and channel offerings. Wonder if they will offer the HDTV channels and other things that the c-band offers now? Wonder if wild feeds would go up as well like they are on c/ku bands? Wonder if there would be multi band receivers to come out to receiver more than just what can be picked up with the frequencies Dish Network uses. I know that there are FTA receivers out there now but they still dont pick up all of the frequencies up there. Could one get chips to put into the receivers to pick them up or is there more than that to descramble some of the signals? An example is the new format NBC uses in which could be picked up using a Primestar dish and ku band receiver.
 
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