Advantages of Bundled Cable Services

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If you are looking at ways in which you can save money on your cable services, the easiest possible way would be to go for bundled cable and internet packages.

If you make the right choice, you will certainly be able to save a lot of money through these packages.

The sad part here though is that cable TV isn’t quite as competitive as internet or telephone services. The main reason for this is quite easy to understand as well. Cable television companies need to invest a lot of money when they are building their infrastructure for providing television services. They, first of all, have to lay cables everywhere (to ensure everyone that wants to sign up for cable television can) but they also have to pay for various types of equipment which are required to boost television signals which will help provide reliable connections to all their consumers. And the biggest problem here is that cable television companies aren’t regulated by government agencies and can’t be considered as monopolies. They are private companies which usually need to make a decent return on the money they have invested so that they can keep their owners happy. This means that you won’t be able to save as much money when it comes to cable television.

Let’s move on to the next part of a bundled cable services, the internet. The industry is far more competitive (see Canadian recent events for instance) when it comes to internet services and there are multiple small service providers that offer some excellent deals as well. The only problem with these services is that they usually lack the proper equipment and infrastructure to offer you the reliable service you would get from a large internet company. Bundled cable services provide you high speed internet which was a distant dream only a few years ago. This internet service makes dial-up connections and even DSL connections look outdated. When you are comparing the cost of these internet services, make sure you compare the speed and support features as well. Most companies that offer bundled cable services usually have excellent support systems in place to help ensure their customers have very little down time.

And lastly, there is the telephone service. Earlier, you had to constantly switch between the telephone and internet. Technology has come a long way since then and with bundled cable services you can easily surf the internet at lightning fast speeds while your daughter is on the phone with her friends and your husband is watching the game on the television.

What’s more, you no longer have to run between individual service providers and keep multiple contact details on hand incase anything goes wrong. You will have a single telephone number to call for all your services and you will even receive a single invoice at the end of every month. Imagine the amount of time and energy you will save by just having a single bill to monitor and pay instead of having three. And if you get a special-feautre bundled cable service like Dish Latino, you are almost guaranteed to save a lot of money at the same time as well.

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Dish Customers, Prepare For Potential ESPN (And ABC, Disney) Blackout

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An extended dispute between Disney and Dish could lead to a blackout of ESPN and ABC.

Okay, so the federal government might shut down tomorrow, which would suck. And possibly making matters worse for 14 million Dish Network subscribers is that they might not have any Disney-owned channels, including ABC and ESPN, if the nation’s second-largest satellite provider isn’t able to make a deal with the broadcast behemoth tonight.

Just like every other contract renewal agreement, there will be lots of discussion about the higher fees being charged to let cable/satellite companies carry stations. ESPN is already the most expensive single non-premium item on consumers’ cable bills, at several dollars per month.

Additionally, Disney’s bundling of stations will likely be a sticking point. While ESPN might be wildly popular, carriers are increasingly being forced to take niche-market channels like ESPN Classic, ESPNews, or ABC Family in order to get the one station that most customers actually want.

Beyond all of this now-standard dickering, there is the issue of the Hopper, Dish’s ad-skipping DVR service that is currently the subject of lawsuits by all the broadcast network operators, including Disney. Dish isn’t likely to negotiate a settlement with Disney during a contract renewal discussion — especially when all the preliminary court rulings have been favorable to Dish — but the lawsuits could cast a pall of ill will over the whole proceedings.

A Dish blackout of a major network and the biggest cable sports network would cause a much larger annoyance to American TV viewers than the recent month-long Time Warner Cable blackout of CBS and Showtime. The CBS portion of that blackout only affected 3 million customers, albeit in the two largest metro areas in the country. A Dish blackout would have an impact on more than 4 times that many viewers.

The TWC vs. CBS spat also occurred during the absolute doldrums of summer TV and ended as soon as the new NFL and college football seasons were starting. If Dish were to pull the plug on ABC just as its rolling out new shows and ESPN in the middle of the football season, the consumer backlash would likely be much more immediate and vocal — and nationwide, as Dish’s service area is generally not fenced in by local regulations.

It’s more likely that, should talks fail tonight, the parties will extend the current agreement. Many of the most public broadcaster/carrier disputes that we see are the end result of multiple extensions and failed talks. So expect to revisit this topic in the not-so-distant future.

Another Looming Shutdown: Dish Network Could Lose ESPN, ABC [WSJ.com]

Dish Angling for LightSquared’s Spectrum

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If Dish comes to own LightSquared’s L-Band satellite spectrum, it will be in a better position to make a play as a wireless network operator.

Earlier this year, Dish failed to acquire Clearwire and Sprint, which it wanted for their spectrum assets. Dish believes it can use LightSquared’s L-Band spectrum for uplink operations while using its existing spectrum assets for downlink operations. Dish wants to become a mobile network company, and this may be the opportunity that helps it achieve that goal.

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Dish Networks is looking to win control over bankrupt LightSquared’s spectrum assets in an auction scheduled for December. A judge will set initial terms for an auction of LightSquared’s assets on Monday. Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen has been acquiring LightSquared’s debt on the side, which gives him a say in how the auction of the failed company’s spectrum assets is handled. If Dish comes to own LightSquared’s L-Band satellite spectrum, it will be in a better position to make a play as a wireless network operator. Earlier this year, Dish failed to acquire Clearwire and Sprint, which it wanted for their spectrum assets. Dish believes it can use LightSquared’s L-Band spectrum for uplink operations while using its existing spectrum assets for downlink operations. Dish wants to become a mobile network company, and this may be the opportunity that helps it achieve that goal.

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