<<It has to be the FCC chairman's positive comments about allowing local channels into satellite cable>>
Like I said before on this board, this could be BIG! If DISH gets permission to transmit local channels, its sub growth might only be limited by its ability to provide equipment. (Remember, DISH has the capability to "spot beam" local channels to 20 urban markets.) The cable industry is between a rock and a hard place. They're being forced into choosing between allowing DISH to offer local channels or accepting new price regulations. I'm not sure if the cable industry has decided which is the lesser evil. (Probably depends on who is serving those 20 markets!) Right now, it's fighting both.
Here's why I believe local channels = huge sub growth for DISH:
Where GTE has started up cable operations in competition with TCI in California, it has grabbed 50% market share in 18 months. Ameritech is achieving similar results with its new cable TV operations in Michigan and Illinois. These are facts. It proves that cable companies are hugely vulnerable to a competitor providing equal or better services. DISH with local channels will provide better service at a lower price in all 20 markets it is targeting for local channels. Success is all but guaranteed when & if DISH gets the go ahead. Go FCC!