I don't care who upgraded this stock, going over 27 is crazy! Any stock in a new industry which is expected to lose money for the next several years should not be at 27. I feel it is highly overvalued!!!!!!!!
Call this Senator's office and ask him to support
Washington -- Rep. Howard Coble (R-N.C.) is planning to
introduce a bill this week allowing companies like
Communications Corp. to offer local broadcast signals throughout
a local market.
Coble's bill will become the
starting point of a complex and contentious debate
involving the cable industry, broadcasters,
owners and direct-broadcast satellite operators over
reform of the Satellite Home Viewer Act, which sunsets
Dec. 31, 1999.
'[Coble] intends to introduce a
bill that all of them can support,' said Mitch
Glazier, chief counsel of the House Subcommittee
Courts Intellectual Property.
provided just a few details of the bill, he told reporters
that in all likelihood the measure will leave
compulsory license. Under the license,
cable can retransmit local broadcast signals at
virtually no cost and import distant signals for
$170 million annually in copyright
'Cable probably won't be touched,' Glazier
Coble, chairman of the subcommittee, is hoping to vote
the bill out of his subcommittee in March. No Senate
bill is expected to
surface anytime soon, said
Senate Judiciary Committee spokeswoman Jeanne
Glazier said the bill will permit EchoStar to beam local
signals back into their market of origin, but he declined
to discuss in detail
the bill's application of
must-carry and retransmission consent rules on local DBS
In an alliance that may prove to be too powerful for
EchoStar to overcome legislatively, cable and broadcasters
are united in their
support for requiring EchoStar
to comply with must-carry and retransmission
William Sullivan, a board member of the National
Association of Broadcasters, said in testimony before Coble's
panel last week that
EchoStar should carry all
full-power TV stations in a market it elects to serve,
obtain retransmission consent if necessary,
network non-duplication and syndicated exclusivity rules
and be barred from importing distant signals into the
markets where it
Charles Ergen, president and CEO of EchoStar, said in his
testimony that although 'a solution is workable with the
wants must-carry postponed until EchoStar
has a larger subscriber base.
EchoStar is offering
local signals to 'unserved' homes in six markets and
has plans to serve about 20 markets representing
percent of all U.S. households by the end of the year.
But EchoStar can't sell to all homes in a market
without a change in the law
or a favorable
interpretation of current law from the U.S. Copyright
Glazier indicated that Coble is searching for a
compromise that results in regulatory parity between cable
operators and DBS
carriers and that meets with
'[Coble] said he wants to make
sure that satellite has the ability to be competitive
with cable,' Glazier said. 'That means the
rules, the same regulations, the same opportunities
apply to both.'
Glazier declined to comment on
two hot topics associated with the reauthorization of
SHVA: Will the Coble bill make the satellite
permanent instead of subject to periodic review and will it
remove the requirement that former cable subscribers
must wait 90
days before buying network signals
from a satellite carrier.
House sources said
the 90-day waiting period would be removed and Coble
was leaning toward making the satellite
House Telecommunications Subcommittee chairman Rep.
Billy Tauzin (R-La.), who will have a large say in the
allowing DBS carriers to provide local
signals under a must-carry requirement phased in over
time but with a deadline.
They are also planning to get local access via Congress
OK so, Internet + Local channel
Then they are teaming (surpisingly and this could
be old news) with Adaptec to bring out a cable
box for more "interactive" tv the same stuff
that big cable companies like TCI (and soon
MSFT) are trying to do.
If this local tv bs can be passed by Congress
look for this stock to move up fast
Does anyone know of a site that has done a current cost comparison/benefit analysis of the various satellite services that are available? I see dishes that are available anywhere from $100 to $300. I've been to dbsdish.com. Good site.
PS A Merril analysist upgraded this morning looking for $42.
If the picture via the rooftop antenna is somewhat
fuzzy, the satellite user should certainly be entitled
to a higher-quality picture. Others can get cable-feeds
for local networks. By the way, many cable companies
provide people with very lousy local pictures.
The key word to remember when they ask if you can receive an acceptable picture with a roof top antennea is the word acceptable. I can receive a picture but it is not acceptable! I get a shadow. Therefore I am allowed the national feed. By the way, compared to the quality of the satellite feed, I do not believe any broadcast through an antenna is "acceptable". Do with that what you may.
I have both the East and West feeds. The only thing they ask can you get an acceptable piture. I live neer an airport that is the reason I gave them. Stock holder also I think the sky is the limit. Good Day
PS it would be great to have a west coast FOX feed
DSS companies are required to ask people if they
can receive local ABC's, NBC's, CBS's with a non-fuzzy
picture before they can send National feeds. I really
don't think any major crime has been committed if the
picture really wasn't that 'fuzzy'.