“Should a pay TV provider be legally required to offer a refund or credit if it loses a channel for a period of time due to a carriage dispute with its owner?
The United States Court of Appeals of the Eighth Circuit this month ruled unanimously that the answer is no, according to the National Law Review. A District Court judge held that the service contract between Dish and the customer would be “illusory” if the satcaster were allowed to keep the entire subscriber fee while certain advertised channels were missing. However, Dish appealed the ruling to the Eighth Circuit, which found that the contract would not be “illusory” because the satcaster provided the channels during most of the agreement, and wanted to continue offering them during the dispute. In addition, the appeals panel said Dish’s contract expressly states that it can change the channel lineup of any programming package at any time. ”
Full article here: http://www.tvpredictions.com/dish101816.htm
HITS has been notified by Participant Media that the distribution of Pivot will cease entirely on October
31, 2016 at 5:59:59 EST.
Our Westwood customer service office will be closed on October 31, 2016. We will be taking advantage of a floating holiday. If you are experiencing an emergency area-wide outage, please call 866-330-2028 and leave a message for your local area on-call technician. We also have a 24 hour internet tech support number 866-821-8280. Have a safe and fun Halloween.
To: All HITS Customers
||National Video Technical Operations
||September 21, 2016
||Fall Sun Outages
Twice each year, the sun is positioned directly in line with the ground-based satellite dish antennas used to receive CATV programming. This positioning causes programming interruptions as the sun’s energy overpowers the C and Ku band signals transmitted by the satellites.
When the HITS Quantum digital signal is interrupted by the sun’s energy, the DCT set top converter displays “One Moment Please” on the affected channel(s). This condition will be present for several minutes each day during the sun outage period, which lasts for several days. Because HITS receives some of the programming used in the HITS lineup via satellite, some HITS programming services will be lost twice during this period as HITS experiences receive outages. Additionally, the ISO data stream (00B data), which delivers addressable commands to set tops from the billing system, may be affected during the sun outage period. Systems that utilize Motorola’s national addressable control may be unable to send commands to set tops during the sun outage period.
SUN OUTAGES APPROXIMATE DATES: OCT 4-OCT 12
AS OF SEPTEMBER 2016, WE WILL BE SWITCHING TO A NEW, MORE EFFICIENT CREDIT CARD PROCESSING PROGRAM. IN ORDER TO CONTINUE YOUR AUTO PAYMENT, IT IS NECESSARY FOR YOU TO CALL IN YOUR CREDIT CARD/DEBIT CARD NUMBER AGAIN. WE DO APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MIGHT CAUSE, HOWEVER; PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT FOR YOUR FINANCIAL PROTECTION, WE DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE FULL CARD NUMBER IN OUR CURRENT SYSTEM. IF YOU HAVE NOT CONTACTED US BY SEPTEMBER 9, YOUR PAYMENT SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 10, WILL NOT BE PROCESSED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION.
Unfortunately due to the unreasonable increase in price. as of March 1, 2016; we are no longer able to carry AMC. The IFC channel is also included, as it is a part of the AMC network.
Basic Bulk rates will increase 5%. Rate increases are always difficult. Unfortunately, the cost to carry channels increases annually. The last rate increase for BULK accounts was April 2014. We appreciate your business.
Fresh on the heels of certifying the first gigabit-capable, DOCSIS 3.1 modems, CableLabs says it’s exploring dramatically boosting cable broadband’s upstream speeds and providing symmetrical connections up to 10 Gbps. While eventually DOCSIS 3.1 devices are expected to support speeds of 10 Gbps downstream and 1 Gbps upstream, the first wave of devices just hitting the market will “only” support 5 Gbps downstream and 1 Gbps upstream.
Due to the rising costs to carry channels; there will be a video rate increase effective February 26, 2016. March’s bills will reflect the new rates. If you have auto payments, please adjust accordingly. We do understand that rate increases are never an easy process. CalNeva Broadband appreciates your business.