Barry Willis

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Barry Willis  |  Sep 29, 2002  |  0 comments

EchoStar CEO Charlie Ergen has hyped his company's proposed acquisition of DirecTV as "competition against cable" rather than a "monopoly in the sky." Merger or not, direct broadcast satellite (DBS) services have steadily eroded cable's subscribership, a situation that is beginning to yield benefits for consumers in some parts of the US.

Barry Willis  |  Aug 16, 2004  |  0 comments

Cable TV may be nearing the end of a long growth season, yielding subscribers to competition from satellite services like DirecTV and EchoStar's Dish Network. Recently published figures from Kagan Research LLC show that the cable industry overall has lost 900,000 subscribers over the past two years.

Barry Willis  |  May 05, 2002  |  0 comments

New Year's Day, 2003 may be a day of special celebration for sports and movie fans. Ten of the nation's biggest cable providers have pledged to begin delivering digital signals by then, according to a May 2 report by Bill McConnell in the trade journal <I>Broadcasting and Cable</I>.

Barry Willis  |  Nov 23, 2003  |  0 comments

Cable rates are rising again, at least for subscribers to <A HREF="">Cablevision Systems</A>. On Friday, November 21, the New York-based cable provider announced that 2004 rates would go up an average of 3.2%, approximately 50% higher than the current rate of inflation.

Barry Willis  |  Aug 26, 2001  |  0 comments

Is Canada a threat to the US film industry? The <A HREF="">Screen Actors Guild</A> seems to think so.

Barry Willis  |  Jul 15, 2001  |  0 comments

High definition television will get a big boost this fall, thanks to an agreement announced July 12 by <A HREF="">EchoStar Communications Corporation</A> and <A HREF="">CBS Television</A>, a unit of <A HREF="">Viacom Inc</A>.

Barry Willis  |  Nov 14, 1998  |  0 comments

If ever there was a marriage made in heaven, it's big-time sports and high-definition television. CBS and Sony Electronics have teamed up to usher in the new era with four HD broadcasts of National Football League games. The first one, a Buffalo Bills/New York Jets matchup, took place November 8. The game---which the Jets won, 34-12---was seen in New York on WCBS's special channel 56. It was also available to fans in New York, Philadelphia, Raleigh, Cincinnati, Columbus, Charlotte, and Washington, DC.

Barry Willis  |  Dec 15, 2002  |  0 comments

One of HDTV's strongest supporters could pull away if an effective copy-protection system isn't in place by next year.

Barry Willis  |  Oct 20, 2002  |  0 comments

Attorneys sometimes succeed where lobbyists fail.

Barry Willis  |  Jun 07, 2004  |  0 comments

The Consumer Electronics Association (<A HREF="">CEA</A>) will back a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plan that could speed up the transition to a nationwide all-digital TV systems, according to a June 1 report from <I>Broadcast & Cable</I>.