Dish makes advances on DirecTV

“It’s a great time to draft on the momentum that Comcast and are going to achieve, and they will,” said industry consultant Jimmy Schaeffler of The Carmel Group. Charlie Ergen is looking for a ride — on Brian Roberts’ coattails. With regulators about to begin considering the antitrust issues raised by combining two giant cable companies — Time Warner… Read More

TWC chief paints rosy view of 1M new subscribers

Time Warner Cable Chief Executive Rob Marcus may be the most optimistic boss in cable-land. Pursued by a takeover-hungry Charter Communications, Marcus on Thursday reported a stronger-than-expected fourth-quarter profit and projected one million new subscribers as part of a rosy three-year operating plan. The double-barrel upbeat forecast, which also included $3.7 billion in long-term investments, was aimed, in part, in… Read More

Ergen Keeps Rivals Guessing

By SHARON TERLEP Charles Ergen‘s maneuvering just cost rival SoftBank Corp. 9984.TO -1.82% $1.5 billion by forcing it to raise its offer for Sprint Nextel Corp. S +2.37% But the question remains, is that a victory for the Dish Network Corp. DISH +0.80%chairman, or a defeat? Mr. Ergen’s knack for being famously hard to read left Wall Street and the… Read More

Interest could be high if KOMO-TV owner decides to sell itself

The owner of Seattle’s KOMO-TV could find considerable interest despite the broadcast industry’s challenges, says an analyst. By Drew DeSilver Seattle Times business reporter Fisher Plaza at Fourth Avenue and Denny Way is home to Fisher Communication, whose 20 TV stations include KOMO and Univision affiliate KUNS in Seattle. MOST POPULAR COMMENTS HIDE / SHOW COMMENTS “For years it has… Read More