• Report: Sling co-founder headed to DirecTV?
By Mike Robuck
Sling Media co-founder Blake Krikorian is rumored to be on the short list to replace the recently departed Chase Carey as CEO of DirecTV.
According to paidContent, DirecTV has contacted Krikorian about the CEO opening, but if that doesn’t pan out, DirecTV could offer him a seat on its board. Krikorian, along with his brother Jason, founded Sling Media before selling it to EchoStar in 2007.
Also, paidContent said Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei was a possible replacement for Carey. Carey started his job as vice chairman, COO and president of News Corp. yesterday.
• Kagan: Retrans fees to hit $1.2B in 2011
By Traci Patterson
SNL Kagan analysts expect retransmission consent fees to rise to $1.2 billion in 2011, from a base of just over $500 million in 2008. And while the majority of broadcasters’ retrans-fee income currently comes from satellite providers, SNL Kagan projects that the balance could shift to fees from cable MSOs by next year.
Estimated retransmission fee revenue for 2009 is $738.6 million, of which $352 million is from DBS, $315 million is from cable and $71 million is from telcos (at an average rate of $0.25 per sub per month, although higher in larger markets and lower in smaller markets.)
The American Cable Association, which represents small and medium cable operators, is continuing its quest to get the Federal Communications Commission to act in regard to the cost of retransmission payments by TV stations.
• DirecTV tacks on 7 more HD local markets
By Traci Patterson
DirecTV has added seven new high-definition local channel markets to its tally.
The satellite provider now provides local HD broadcast channels in 133 cities, representing more than 91 percent of U.S. TV households.
DirecTV will begin the rollout of the new HD local markets later this summer. The new markets include: Charleston-Huntington, W.Va.; Columbia, S.C.; Huntsville-Decatur, Ala.; Jackson, Miss.; Lexington, Ky.; Roanoke-Lynchburg, Va.; and Shreveport, La.
• Cisco sets up Asian operator for cloud computing
By Brian Santo
True Internet is preparing to provide cloud services with the deployment of Cisco’s Nexus 7000 Series Switch, a data-center-class switching platform combining Ethernet, IP and storage capabilities across one unified network fabric.
The switch is also a component of Cisco’s Unified Service Delivery, an architecture that enables a service provider to deliver video, data and voice services from the data center.
Vasu Khunvasi, general manager of True Internet, said he believes the addition of the switch will make his company one of the first in the Asian market to be able to provide 40 Gbps services, and eventually 100 Gbps rates.
• Atlanta Chapter of WICT names 2009 Red Letter Award recipients
By Traci Patterson
The Atlanta Chapter of Women in Cable Telecommunications has announced the award recipients for its sixth-annual Red Letter Awards, honoring outstanding achievement, leadership and advocacy in the cable industry. The Red Letter Award Gala will be held Oct. 13 in Atlanta.
The 2009 Red Letter Award recipients include:
- Inspiration Award for Woman of the Year – Jennifer Dangar, senior vice president of domestic distribution for Discovery Communications
- Horizon Award for Woman to Watch – Jennifer Dorian, senior vice president of network strategy and brand development for Turner Entertainment Networks.
- Catalyst Award for Woman in Technology – Kristine Faulkner, vice president of product development and management for Cox Communications
- Mentor Award – Kathy Hatala, vice president of sales and marketing for Turner Network Sales
- Rising Star Award for Emerging Leaders – Brandii Toby-Leon, director of press and public relations for DIY Networks at Scripps; Michele Sinisi Koch, director of affiliate marketing at The Gospel Music Channel; and Kathy Noakes, sales development executive at Home Box Office.