The two companies reached a deal late Thursday that restored Viacom programming to EchoStar's Dish Network. Of the deal, EchoStar Chairman and CEO Charlie Ergen said, "I don't think we got as good a deal as we wanted, but we got a deal that was good enough."
CTAM yesterday said it would merge its Digital & Broadband Conference with its annual CTAM Summit next year. "It makes sense for us to include digital-cable and broadband-product marketing as part of a bigger, more comprehensive CTAM Summit," CTAM CEO Char Beales said.
ESPN has struck a nine-year carriage deal with Cox Communications under which ESPN will get an average 7% rate hike over the life of the agreement. Separately, ESPN also reached a carriage pact with Charter Communications.