Broadband Briefs for 10/03/08
• Dish Networks launches TeleAmazonas, Verizon
By Mike Robuck
Earlier this week, Dish Network announced the launch of TeleAmazonas on its DishLatino platform, which made Dish the only pay-TV provider in the nation with the channel.
TeleAmazonas is a 24-hour Ecuadorian TV network offering exclusive home match coverage of more than 50 percent of "Series A" Ecuadorian National Soccer League teams, including Barcelona, Universidad Catolica, Liga Universitaria de Quito, Deportivo Espoli, Deportivo Azogues, Olmedo and Club Tecnico Universitario.
The channel also offers news programs such as "24 Horas" and "Hora 7," and variety programming such as "La Plena" and "La Noche Con Pimental." Dish Network said TeleAmazonas will be available in the DishLatino basic programming package and higher.
• Verizon adds Hispanic content to Tampa Bay channel lineup
By Mike Robuck
Verizon has added TV Vision Network, which offers bilingual programming content, to its FiOS service in the Tampa Bay area.
TV Vision Network targets Hispanics and, specifically, U.S.-born Latinos with its programming. Programming includes lifestyle, music, international news, sports, movies and children's shows.
• Sprint continues to search for Nextel buyer
By Wireless Week staff
Sprint Nextel is getting closer to selling its Nextel division, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Bidders include NII Holdings, Cerberus Capital Management and other investment companies, the newspaper said. Sprint paid $35 billion for Nextel in 2005.
At the time, Nextel was a hot company known for its ubiquitous walkie-talkie phones. But the push-to-talk business changed and Sprint eventually took a massive write-off.
Meanwhile, the nation’s third-largest wireless carrier continued posting mixed financial results and is focusing its research and development on WiMAX and the Clearwire partnership.
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