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FCC STYMIES DISH’S PLANS FOR BLOCKBUSTER STREAMING

October 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Charlie Ergen, the founder and chairman of the DISH satellite service, has presumably lost his enthusiasm for his purchase of the Blockbuster movie rental stores after facing regulator hurdles to his plan to use the satellite spectrum to rent Blockbuster’s catalog of movies to customers via the Internet. Home Media magazine has taken note of comments made by Ergen on Oct. 3 in an interview with Bloomberg News when he said, “I don’t think Blockbuster is going to be a mistake, but it’s unclear if that’s going to be a transformative decision.” Home Media noted that Ergen has repeated expressed disappointment with the slow pace of the FCC in making decisions regarding spectrum use. For example, in August he remarked. “It’s frustratingly slow, but we’re not the only people that have had government be slow.”