Dish and Cablevision Settle Dispute

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Dish Network has agreed to pay US$700 million to Cablevision Systems and its AMC Networks unit to settle a legal spat over the defunct Voom HD service. The companies signed a long-term agreement for Dish to carry the AMC Networks AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel and WE TV. AMC’s cable networks — including the flagship channel which carries “Walking Dead” and “Mad Men” — have been blacked out on Dish systems since July as a result of a contract dispute.

But there’s a big wireless broadband angle in there, too, says Light Reading. About $80 million of that money will go toward Dish’s purchase of Cablevision’s MVDDS licenses covering 150 million people in 45 metro U.S. areas, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Philadelphia. This terrestrial based wireless transmission method reuses the Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) frequencies at 12.2 – 12.7 GHz for distribution of multichannel video and data.

In 2004, Cablevision, through a subsidiary called DTV Norwich, bid $84.6 million to acquire broadband licenses in 45 markets in an FCC auction.

OMGFAST kicked off a promotion two months ago in which it is offering subscribers the ability to lease an Apple TV set-top for $5 monthly. OMGFAST offers downstream speeds of up to 50 Mbps downstream for $30 a month, beaming signals to subscriber rooftop antennas and offers Apple TV boxes for $5 a month.

Cablevision is using a portion of its Multichannel Video and Data Distribution (MVDDS) licenses for OMGFAST!, in Florida’s Broward and Palm Beach counties. MVDDS relies on equipment installed on cell towers and is capable of delivering Internet or TV services. Dish, meanwhile, still has some 40 MHz of spectrum at 2.1 GHz and already owns a chunk of MVDDS spectrum.

MVDDS was conceived to reuse Ku band satellite frequencies and re-auction them to generate revenue for the Treasury. NorthPoint came up with the idea of pointing satellite terminals North, to a terrestrial tower. How would MVDDS eliminate interference from South pointing satellite dishes along the path?

You’ll have to ask Mitre. Maybe it’s some Atomic secret.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Monday, October 22nd, 2012 at 8:57 am .

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