EchoStar snares Move Networks; FCC bustles with Comcast details

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> Dish Network (Nasdaq: DISH) sister company (some might even say twin sister) has expanded its capabilities in streaming video by acquiring Move Networks for an undisclosed price. Move, which couldn't quite make it on its own, had backing from bold-facers like Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) and Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) through its Steamboat Ventures. Story.

> Those FCC folks might be wandering around Las Vegas like wide-eyed children in a toy store, but back in Washington the Commission is busy at work on the Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA)-NBC Universal merger, including looking at "arguments advanced by the American Cable Association." Story.

> Here's a head scratcher. Even as cable and telcos tout the speed and value of their networks in a variety of public venues this week, an FCC study has determined that 80 percent of schools and libraries with federal e-rate funding say their broadband connectivity did not meet their needs. Story.

> While on the subject of broadband, the Broadband Forum released details that claim year-on-year growth rates of 6.7 percent have pushed broadband subscriptions to nearly 509 million lines around the world. IPTV, the report developed by Point Topic notes, passed the 40 million subscriber mark. Story.

And finally ... it's not exactly clear why, but Playboy Enterprise's Spice Hot Entertainment unit has been charged with paying DirecTV (Nasdaq: DTV) $13 million to settle a breach of contract dispute. According to the presumably staid Chicago Business, the aforementioned dispute "led DirecTV to stiff Playboy for at least $3 million in payments last year." Story.

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