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Ad of the Day: Eli Manning and Tony Romo Do Their Best Rob Lowe for DirecTV

NFL stars line up against lame versions of themselves

DirecTV killed its long-running Rob Lowe campaign in April after more than six months of spots in which the actor introduced pathetic versions of himself—the kind of guy who has…

Aereo Presses the Pause Button

World Cup fans must find alternatives to watch noon match

With the Supreme Court on Wednesday effectively putting the kibosh on Aereo's streaming service, CEO Chet Kanojia announced that at 11:30 a.m. today Aereo would "pause operations temporarily" until it…

Kevin Byrnes, VP of Ad Sales, on the Launch of Newsmax

Fledgling news net taps Golf Channel vet

Newsmax, a conservative news site that specializes in media watchdogging, is turning into a full-blown cable network—or rather, a satellite network. The new net launches June 16 in DirecTV's 20…

DirecTV Turns to Fans for 'Cable Effects' Ad

Satellite TV provider asks public for their stories

Fed up with cable? DirecTV wants to hear your frustration. The satellite TV provider is asking fans for suggestions for its new "Cable Effects" storyline. A panel of judges will review…

Diller: Aereo Is ‘Finished’ If It Loses Supreme Court Battle

Should it prevail, the company will expand to top U.S. markets

Should Aereo lose its impending U.S. Supreme Court case, backer Barry Diller believes it’ll be game over for the upstart distributor. Speaking to anchor Erik Schatzker during an appearance on Bloomberg…

Dish-Disney Carriage Deal Disables the Hopper

Many concessions in long-term distribution pact

Six months after the expiration of their joint carriage deal, the Walt Disney Co. and Dish Network have agreed to a long-term pact that will not only keep ABC, ESPN…

DirecTV Keeps Plugging Away at NFL Sunday Ticket Renewal

Satellite TV giant looks to retain exclusive rights to package

DirecTV continues to plug away at a deal that would allow it to retain the exclusive rights to the NFL Sunday Ticket package, but the satellite-TV giant said it has…

The Number of Blacked-Out NFL Games Dropped From 16 Last Season to Just 2

Threat of FCC, legislative action seem to be working

Fans and policy advocates fighting to end the NFL’s sports blackout rule may have already won—even if the rule is still on the books. The number of blacked-out football games went…

Ad of the Day: Life Gets Even Worse for Cable Customers in DirecTV's New Horror Stories

Campaign's third year

It's been two years since DirecTV and Grey New York launched their "Cable Effects" ad campaign, detailing the strange and terrible fates that can befall cable customers. In that time,…

FTC Approves Nielsen Acquisition of Arbitron

Deal subject to conditions

The Federal Trade Commission on Friday gave Nielsen Holdings the necessary clearance to acquire Arbitron. Subject to standard closing conditions, the deal is now expected to close on Sept. 30. Per…

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