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<div class="article" ><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;"><br></span>Retrans fights are getting down and dirty as broadcasters tighten the   screws with warnings of potential blackouts.  Latest case in point comes   from <span style="font-weight: bold;">DIRECTV</span>'s negotiations with
<span style="font-weight: bold;">Hearst</span>   TV stations.  Hearst warns subs that its stations could go off the air   if it doesn't reach agreement with DIRECTV by Jan 1.  Said a release   from Hearst, it owns 29 television stations reaching 18% of US   households and, oh yeah, those
stations "are recognized news leaders."<br><br>Meanwhile no word on the <span style="font-weight: bold;">DISH/Chambers</span> discussions.  Dark spot deadline on that one is tomorrow.•<br><br> <P>
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<div class="article" ><br><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;">Retrans & Renewals</span>:   In a recent ex parte filing on    <span style="font-weight: bold;">Comcast/NBC-U</span>, DIRECTV hammers on Comcast's reticence to share its Philly sports nets with DBS providers. 
Said DIRECTV, "<span style="font-weight: bold;">Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia</span>   must be made subject to the same arbitration regime that applies to all   other regional sports networks controlled by Comcast, and that any   negotiating period otherwise required for a first-time carriage
request   should be waived for DIRECTV and <span style="font-weight: bold;">DISH</span> Network, who have been requesting access to this programming for over a decade."<br><br><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;">Gov't & Regs</span>:  Voices on the "not strong
enough" side of net neutrality are rising with <span style="font-style: italic;">Sen. Al Franken</span> (D-MI) saying no rules would be better than weak rules and <span style="font-weight: bold;">FCC</span> Commissioner <span style="font-style: italic;">Mignon Clyburn</span>   saying she's still got
lots of questions, including about wireless   broadband. Look for lots more like this (both con and pro) as we roll   toward the Dec. 21 date for a FCC decision.<br><br><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;">Analyze This</span>:  The latest from <span style="font-weight:
bold;">Forrester Research</span>   shows Americans spending as much time with the internet as their TVs.    What's more, the survey says, 33% of adults now say they watch video on   the internet, up from 18% just three years ago. Speaking to the <span style="font-style: italic;">NYT</span>,
Forrester analyst <span style="font-style: italic;">Jacqueline Anderson </span>said   the rise in internet use does not necessarily lead to a drop in TV   viewing.  Rather, the use of media on the whole is on the rise. <br><br><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration:
underline;">Programming</span>:   Six new titles have been added to the programming slate for the <span style="font-weight: bold;">Sony/Discovery/IMAX </span>3D   channel.  Among these: "Bullproof" about the sport of bull riding;   "High Octane," featuring X sports of various kinds;
and "Making the   Brand" about how products are produced on a mass scale. ---  <span style="font-weight: bold;">ESPN</span> is beginning its year-long "Year of the Quarterback" initiative today with a 60-minute primetime show at 10 p.m. ET. --- <span style="font-weight: bold;">Showtime</span>'s
"Dexter" closed season five with a bang:  2.5M viewers, which matches last year.  <br><br><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;">The Deal</span>:  Senate Commerce Committee Chair <span style="font-style: italic;">Jay Rockefeller</span>   (D-WV) says he doesn't
like the deal.  "Worry," "fear" and "concern   over the $30B Comcast/NBC-U combo surfaced in a letter from Rockefeller   to <span style="font-weight: bold;">FCC</span> Chair <span style="font-style: italic;">Julius Genachowski</span>.  <br><br><span style="font-weight: bold;
text-decoration: underline;">Partnerships & Deals:</span>  <span style="font-weight: bold;">ESPN</span> has purchased substantially all of the intellectual property of <span style="font-weight: bold;">Cablevision</span>'s <span style="font-weight: bold;">PVI Virtual Media
Services</span>.    That gives the sports giant the patents and the personnel to further   boost its strength in virtual insertions, player tracking, iTV apps plus   3D graphics developments.  <br><br><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;">Up in the Sky</span>: 
Working with the Joint Program Executive Office, ViaSat has   demonstrated the potential for a commercial network in the sky, using   mobile SATCOM networks plus the Joint Tactical Radio System to   interconnect air, land and sea forces into an integrated tactical   network capable of distributing
voice, video and sensor data around the   world.  --- Last chance to save more than $600 on the Satellite 2011   conference ends tomorrow.  To register, go <a href="http://www.satellitetoday.com/satellite2011/">here</a>. ---  Japan's <span style="font-weight: bold;">Broadcasting
Satellite System</span> says its BSat-3b satellite is now operational and ready to broadcast HD channels to homes and businesses across Japan.  --- <span style="font-weight: bold;">SES ASTRA </span>has signed a capacity agreement with the Ukraine's state-owned <span style="font-weight:
bold;">Ukrkosmos</span> video distributor.  --- The Bolivian government will purchase a $300M communications satellite from <span style="font-weight: bold;">China Great Wall Industries</span>.•<br> <P>
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