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DISH Blacked Out by Chambers
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<div class="article" ><br>As expected, <span style="font-weight: bold;">DISH</span>'s retransmission negotiations with <span style="font-weight: bold;">Chambers Communications</span> tripped over the wire, pulling the plug on three Oregon-based <span style="font-weight: bold;">ABC</span>   affiliates.  Going dark
were KOHD Ch. 9 in Bend, KEZI Ch. 9 in Eugene   and KDRV Ch. 12 in Medford.  DISH offered an extension but, said SVP <span style="font-style: italic;">Dave Shull</span>,   "Chambers refused, continuing to demand a nearly 500 percent rate   increase and unreasonable contract terms in order to
return the channels   to the air."<br><br>In other retrans news we have a case of "shoe-on-the-other-foot:  Emboldened by its national programming deal with <span style="font-weight: bold;">Fox</span>, <span style="font-weight: bold;">Time Warner Cable</span> has reportedly placed "onerous"
conditions on any acceptance of <span style="font-weight: bold;">Sinclair Broadcast</span>'s   offer of binding arbitration for their retrans dispute (according to   Sinclair, anyway).   We don't know exactly how "onerous" those   conditions are but <span style="font-style: italic;">Glenn
Britt</span> and team appear to have pulled off a coup.•<br><br> <P>
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<div class="article_title" >SkyLog:  DIRECTV Boosts Share in SKY Brasil; AT&T Sends Cupcakes; YouTube Eyes Net Programmer</div>


<div class="article" ><br><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;">Markets & Money</span>:  Say the online analysts at <span style="font-style: italic;">Trefis</span>:  The <span style="font-weight: bold;">Disney/Netflix</span>   deal is expected to earn Disney anywhere between $150M and
$200M during   its one-year period.  Assuming the deal is renewed, and given no   significant costs (the content is already in Disney's bag) the deal   could add "close to $2.3B of value to Disney." --- <span style="font-weight: bold;">DIRECTV</span> has boosted its share in <span
style="font-weight: bold;">SKY Brasil</span> to 93% via a $604.8M cash for stock deal with <span style="font-weight: bold;">Globo</span>, which retains the remaining 7%. --- <span style="font-weight: bold;">GCI</span> has upped its stock repurchase program by $100M bringing total authorizations to
$127.8M. --- <span style="font-weight: bold;">Cablevision</span>'s board approved moving forward with the <span style="font-weight: bold;">Rainbow</span> spinoff.<br><br><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;">Gov't & Regs</span>:  <span style="font-weight:
bold;">AT&T</span> delivered 133 boxes of <span style="font-weight: bold;">Georgetown Cupcake</span> treats to <span style="font-weight: bold;">FCC</span> officials, says the <span style="font-style: italic;">NationalJournal</span>.  Exact flavors are not known. --- Twenty-nine US Senators,
headed by Georgia's <span style="font-style: italic;">Saxby Chambliss</span> and <span style="font-style: italic;">Johnny Isakson </span>sent a letter to the FCC's <span style="font-style: italic;">Julius Genachowski</span>   decrying any "so-called 'Open Internet' rules."  It's "an unjustified
and unnecessary expansion of government control," they said.  The rules   are expected to pass anyway.  <br><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;"><br>Google Gobble</span>:  Too many communities want that Google high-speed fiber service, says new VP of access
services <span style="font-style: italic;">Milo Medin</span> (you might remember him from <span style="font-weight: bold;">@Home</span> in the mid 90's) ... thus the project has been delayed.  Well, except for a 850 home "beta"at <span style="font-weight: bold;">Stanford</span>. 
Hmmm.  <br>  <br>  • Also:  Google's <span style="font-weight: bold;">YouTube</span> is in talks to buy <span style="font-weight: bold;">Next New Networks</span>,   an original online content studio.  Networks launched by the group   include "HungryNation," "Indy Mogul" and "Channel
Frederator."  The   company's videos are credited with more than a billion views on YouTube.<br>  <br>  • Meanwhile, <span style="font-weight: bold;">Netflix</span>   has a new search app on Google TV devices; it lets viewers search,   browse and watch any video available in the Netflix
streaming catalog.<br><br><div><img src="http://www.mediabiz.com/media/content/hungry_nation.jpg" alt="" style="clear: both;" hspace="" vspace="" align="" border=""></div><br><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;"></span><br><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration:
underline;">Programming</span>:   <span style="font-weight: bold;">Comedy Central</span> and <span style="font-style: italic;">The Onion</span> are teaming for the OnionSportsNetwork.com.  It debuts on the Comedy Central site on Jan. 11. --- <span style="font-weight:
bold;">Showtime</span> has ordered up a second season of "The Green Room." --- <span style="font-weight: bold;">Nick</span>   has plans for five new series in early 2011 including "Bucket and   Skinner's Epic Adventures" a multi-camera buddy comedy and "Power   Rangers Samurai." --- <span
style="font-weight: bold;">Comcast</span>   has launched its seventh annual "Troop Greetings on Demand" delivering   special holiday greetings from military personnel stationed overseas to   their loved ones back home. --- <span style="font-weight: bold;">Discovery</span> will add two new reality
shows featuring hidden treasures found in everyday junk for 2011.<br><br><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;">Analyze This</span>:  The latest research from the <span style="font-weight: bold;">Communications Workers of America </span>says that 49% of US residents do not
meed the <span style="font-weight: bold;">FCC</span>'s minimum broadband standard of 4Mbps downstream and 1Mbps upstream.   <br><br><span style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;">Up in the Sky</span>:  The <span style="font-weight: bold;">Xinhau News Agency</span>'s
<span style="font-weight: bold;">CNC World</span> has selected <span style="font-weight: bold;">Eutelsat</span> to beam its signal to homes across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, starting Jan. 1.•<br> <P>
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