It's a first-world problem of epic proportions, and the couch potatoes of the Web aren't pleased.
And they say Warren Buffett doesn't buy tech stocks.
Customers of Dish Network's satellite television service were unable to access many channels on Tuesday.
Dish Network and EchoStar Corp. agreed to pay TiVo Inc. $500 million to settle a patent dispute that dates back to 2004, the companies announced Monday.
DirecTV has raised a ruckus by raising the dead.
If you're willing to take Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville at face value, the decision to go with backup Antti Niemi against Edmonton on Wednesday night was all about getting the rookie a start in front of the home crowd. After backstopping the team to a franchise-record five-goal comeback win over the Flames in relief, the kid had earned his shot.
Despite the looming threat of its American rights-holder disappearing from the channel lineup of the nation's largest satellite provider, the NHL seems not the least bit interested in the ongoing dispute that could lead to VERSUS disappearing from DirecTV on Sept. 1.
DANA POINT, Calif. -- In securing an incredible rights fee from DirecTV to air games on satellite TV -- $1 billion per year from 2011 through 2014 -- the league got something far more valuable than money alone. The NFL got lockout insurance.
"I really don't mind everybody second-guessing," Sirius XM CEO Mel Karmazin tells me, though his tone screams otherwise.
It's not often that a company with a stock trading for just six cents a share makes headlines. But when that company just happens to be the employer of Howard Stern, you can understand why it's in the news.
One day Sirius XM Radio will be a great business. But it will take lots of time and plenty of capital to see the U.S. satellite radio broadcaster to the Promised Land.
When Corey Wynsma's wife got laid off a few months ago from her graphic design job, the couple did an inventory of their household budget.
EchoStar, operator of the Dish satellite television network, is looking a little fragile at the moment.
It has not been an easy year for investors.
The slumping economy has meant bad news for retailers, right? Maybe, but no one seems to have told QVC.
Personally, my college football viewing experience Saturday won't be all that affected by whether or not I can see the Ohio State-Youngstown State game. I can imagine, however, that it's a slightly more pressing concern for all those Buckeyes fans in Ohio, who, like millions of others around the country this weekend, can't wait to see their team in action for the first time this season.
Top U.S. satellite television provider DirecTV Group said Wednesday it reached a deal to offer subscribers high-speed Internet and voice services carried by Current Group over electric power lines.
Setanta, a small Irish broadcaster, took another step towards joining the big leagues by signing a deal with EchoStar Communications' Dish Network to carry its 24-hour digital sports channel, Fortune has learned.
These 20 stocks produced the largest total returns to shareholders in 2006. For this list, we included only Fortune 500 companies that traded for at least $2.
Some TV critics are wondering if the continued success of Sanjaya Malakar, the woefully out of tune contestant on Fox's "American Idol," will be what finally causes ratings for the hit show to tank.
Ted Saskin, the head of the NHL Players Association, is in hot water with his membership over allegations that he read private player e-mails. At the 10 Spot, of course, we don't condone such behavior. Still, here's what we're likely missing by not being able to read the e-mails of other sports figures:
Major League Baseball has announced an agreement that will give satellite giant DirecTV what looks to be exclusive rights to the sport's Extra Innings package of out-of-market games. The agreement, announced formally at a press conference Thursday afternoon, is reportedly worth $700 million over the next seven years and includes a provision in which DirecTV will become a minority partner and will work with baseball on the MLB Channel, scheduled to launch in 2009.
Long-distance relationships may not work for romances. But it's a different story for sports fans.
In a wide-ranging speech Thursday morning, News Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rupert Murdoch discussed plans for a new cable business channel, the growth opportunities for social networking site MySpace, the 2008 presidential race and why he liked "Borat" so much.
Apple. TiVo. Cisco Systems.
If you want me to be completely honest with you, I'll just come right out and say it: I'm not sure that I'm in love with you anymore. OK? Do you feel better, now that it's out there all honest and raw? Because I don't. And I'm not even sure that I mean what I'm saying.
Let's all just take a deep breath now, put down the pitchforks and the torches and get a couple of facts straight about Major League Baseball's move to sell exclusive rights to its Extra Innings package of out-of-market games to DirecTV:
The last place that any baseball fan ever wants to be is between team owners and a dollar bill. It's like stepping between Pete Rose and Ray Fosse, circa 1970. Or between Jose Canseco and his syringe sometime in the '90s. If it takes bowling over fans to get to that buck -- or giving them a nice, quick shot in the butt to get them out of the way -- that's exactly what baseball owners are going to do. It's not even a contest.
Talk about smart cars: These new auto electronics, shown at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, make for one sweet ride.
Liberty Media and News Corp are close to reaching an agreement that would allow News Corp to buy back an $11 billion stake in exchange for a stake in the satellite TV firm DirecTV, according to a report published Wednesday.
TiVo has been caught in a tug of war this year with investors alternately hitting the fast-forward and rewind button on the volatile stock.
Thanksgiving, a day given to excess, will include a third helping of pro football this year -- but only for a fraction of U.S. homes.
If you like getting television and movie recommendations via the Web, you'll love getting them on your TV screen.
Satellite radio stocks have had a difficult time lifting off this year, while shares of the top two satellite television firms have soared to the stratosphere.
It has been a tough week for satellite television operators DirecTV (DTV) and EchoStar (DISH): First FCC Chairman Kevin Martin signaled his unwillingness to approve a merger of the two companies, a deal that investors seemed to like.
When reports surfaced in September that News Corp. was in talks to swap its share of satellite operator DirecTV for Liberty Media's 19% voting stake in News Corp., you could almost hear Rupert Murd...
Wall Street just can't figure out TiVo. Sure, most consumers love the digital video recorder company, which has become the equivalent of Kleenex or Google for the DVR industry.
The media business is getting hit by massive technological change, and executives from top media companies said industry executives had better get used to it.
A Canadian man is doing time for stealing satellite TV service and helping others steal it too.
DIRECTV Group ranks no. 168 on this year's list of the FORTUNE 500, with $13,164.5 million in revenues, up 10.6% from the previous year. The El Segundo, Calif.-based company was ranked no. 179 on the 2005 list. Its 2005 profits were $335.9 million.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - Satellite television company EchoStar faces an interesting dilemma.
Wall Street has a love-hate relationship with TiVo.
Pick up the phone!
Officials announced a $5.34 million settlement Tuesday with satellite TV provider DirecTV over alleged violations of the Do Not Call rule, the largest civil penalty ever obtained by the Federal Trade Commission in a consumer protection enforcement case.
With the new fall television season just over a week away, some couch potatoes are dreading this choice: watching the second season of ABC's critically acclaimed "Lost" and the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced Pentagon drama "E-Ring", set to air at the same time on Wednesday nights on NBC.
Satellite television company EchoStar is willing to give away its service to all residents of a lucky town for 10 years. But there's a catch.
There was a time when owning a satellite dish meant relegating half your yard to something that looked better suited for transmitting sensitive national secrets than casual channel surfing. And even then channel surfing seldom worked.
About one in ten U.S. cable subscribers would get a new provider as the result of the $17.6 billion deal unveiled Thursday in which Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Corp. agreed to jointly buy Adelphia Communications as well as swap some of their own cable customers.
The demise of TiVo, it turns out, may have been greatly exaggerated.
NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Shares of TiVo have surged nearly 20 percent in the past month. But some analysts think investors need to hit the rewind button on the stock.
DirecTV is getting ready to unveil a digital video recorder (DVR) service in mid-2005 that could duplicate virtually every feature now available from current partner TiVo, a published report said Monday.
Visit an electronics superstore these days and you'll see the phrase "high-definition television," or HDTV, everywhere. But you may not be sure what HDTV is - let alone how, as the teenage sales reps at the store say, "it's gonna change your life."
Visit an electronics superstore these days and you can't help but notice the phrase "high-definition television," or HDTV, everywhere you turn. But if you're like most Americans, you still aren't e...
[MISS] SPONSORED BY ... SOMETHINGADE. The ever-growing popularity of Nascar has advertisers clamoring to get in. But it's also creating a clamor of conflicting marketing messages. Take Nascar's "vi...
It's too bad you can't use a TiVo to record the company's upcoming analysts' meeting, because the earnings call at the close of market Thursday will be of interest to investors and subscribers alike.
Aside from biotechnology, no big business in America depends more on genes than cable television. Sire a suitable heir, as did Ralph Roberts, the founder of Comcast, and you end up with the estimab...
Google, iPod, and TiVo have something in common: Each has managed, like Kleenex, to turn its brand name into a synonym for its product category.
Technology stocks fell as investors sold off shares on a drop in jobless claims and a rise in productivity that raised expectations for Friday's payroll report to show another pickup in hiring.
As the new president and CEO of DirecTV (formerly Hughes Electronics), Chase Carey is Rupert Murdoch's lieutenant overseeing News Corp.'s newest jewel. Once part of General Motors, the 12-million-s...
XM Radio solved the technical challenges of bouncing music off satellites and into a moving car. Now, a couple of satellite gear makers have solved the much tougher problem of sending more than 200...
Subscribers to the DISH satellite TV service may want their MTV -- but Tuesday more than 9 million of them couldn't get it, or other Viacom-owned TV channels, because of a contract dispute.
When cable leviathan Comcast announced its $66 billion hostile bid for Disney in early February, the biggest surprise was the timing. Comcast had just digested AT&T's broadband business, and Disney...
The long-running joke about Hughes Electronics (HS, $17), owner of DirecTV, the country's largest satellite-TV service, with 12 million subscribers, was that it was lost in space. Formed in 1932 to...
Cable companies and telephone companies are starting to look awfully similar these days...except for their stock performance.
A new competitor to cable and satellite television systems takes its first halting steps this week when the Federal Communications Commission starts accepting bids for licenses to beam video and high-speed Internet connections into the nation's homes using a ground-based wireless system similar to cell phones.
Universal Music Group, the world's largest record label, is teaming up with satellite broadcaster DirecTV and a prominent pornography video company to launch a music channel featuring uncensored videos.
Philips' new DirecTV/TiVo-powered receiver (DSR708) is a great gift for TV fanatics. For $299 (plus $33.99 and up a month for DirecTV and $4.99 a month for TiVo), you get the double whammy of Direc...
You open your mail and find you've been double-billed. Your screen goes dark just before the start of the NBA finals. The repair guy who was supposed to show up between 8 and noon apparently had be...
Ed Whitacre had a blunt message for the Michigan state utility board members: They were killing his company. The chairman and CEO of SBC Communications had dropped by the government agency in late ...
You can't blame the telcos for dreaming about Hollywood. What would you rather do--hang out at the Oscars or bundle local, long distance, and DSL?
Seventy-one-year-old Rupert Murdoch permits himself a smile as he contemplates his future. The prize he has coveted for two decades, a satellite-TV platform in the U.S., finally appears to be withi...
Rupert Murdoch has often been described as a buccaneer. A recent lawsuit against NDS, a News Corp. subsidiary that makes smart cards for decoding digital television signals, alleges that the label ...
For the past decade or so, ever since engineers figured out how to beam hundreds of TV channels from satellites orbiting 22,300 miles above the earth down to pizza-sized dishes perched on roofs, po...
These are tough times in show business. A weak economy has hit TV and print advertising, crimping sales at media and entertainment conglomerates. The result: Giants like Disney, AOL Time Warner and...
Howard Hughes may have been a little mad by the end of his life, but he certainly knew what made the public's juices flow. It wasn't money, though he amassed plenty of that in his varied pursuits, ...
One month ago, Sirius Satellite Radio launched its third satellite into space from the Soviet Union's once secret Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. As any space historian knows, Baikonur is where ...
Confused by "set-top boxes" yet? I am, and by this fall, you will be too. Walk into Best Buy, Circuit City, or any other major consumer electronics retailer, and you'll see the first manifestations...
Droplets of sweat trickled down Joe Collins' cheeks. The beefy 55-year-old CEO of Time Warner Cable, a.k.a. The Man Who Shut Off ABC, had endured blistering attacks from viewers, regulators, and th...
Last November, Congress gave satellite-TV providers the go-ahead to sell local network signals. Previously, homeowners with direct broadcast satellite (DBS) dishes had to pay for cable service to w...
In case you haven't noticed, home satellite dishes have a new look--and a newfound popularity. The seven-foot behemoths of yesterday have slimmed down to a mere 18 inches across. In the five years ...
SITTING IN HIS OFFICE on a frozen morning at the end of a very long winter, AT&T CEO Robert Allen bears the oppressed demeanor of a character in a Kafka story--perhaps because the press and the bod...
Having decided to dump its phone-making and computer businesses, AT&T is beginning to act like a global media company, which means that price is no object when it comes to buying more distribution....
In a year when telephone and cable TV companies scrambled to spend money and form alliances for the information hypeway, who would have guessed that the first nationwide megachannel all-digital vid...
HARD BY THE runways of Los Angeles International Airport stands a Hughes Electronics factory called High Bay. The reason for the name is immediately apparent: The brightly lit space is five stories...