Your Partner in the Satellite Industry
The SBCA provides a strong voice to support member businesses in dealing with local zoning and ordinances, homeowner’s associations, and landlords that discriminate against the lawful installation of home satellite antennas.
The public and lawmakers alike have a limited understanding of consumers’ right to home satellite services; strengthening our education efforts with legislators, regulators and local governments are vital to the protection and growth of the satellite industry. As local satellite professionals, we need you to be the industry’s eyes and ears on the ground as you often are the first ones to hear about an issue before it rises to a critical level. Local businesses are important stakeholders in the legislative process as they are made up of voters who are a significant source of jobs and tax revenues.
The satellite industry is a major presence in the pay television market. We can no longer run under the radar. We are being targeted by our competitors and being viewed as a source of tax revenue by state governments. We need your help to take the offensive to advocate our position to sustain satellite industry growth.
Four hours ahead of the "Game of Thrones" final season's official start, the first episode accidentally became available to some DIRECTV viewers. The company fixed the error as soon as it knew about it, but fans were happy to benefit, and said as much on Twitter. Vanity Fair online (4/15)
DISH Network has become one of GoChain's signing nodes, about a year after the satellite streaming company began taking payment in Bitcoin. "We are curious about new and interesting technology that may help us better deliver for our customers," said Atilla Tinic, the company's chief information officer. Via Satellite online (4/12)
Elon Musk is trying to raise an additional $500 million for his Space Exploration Technologies' Starlink project, a constellation of up to 11,000 satellites aimed at providing internet access. Some experts estimate that the cost could be $10 billion, and SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell has expressed some doubts about the project's financial viability. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (4/15)
SES added 4 million households to its subscription lists in 2018, making it the leading global satellite video distributor. Europe, where satellite is still the dominant means of receiving television, has 167 million homes subscribed to SES. The Financial (Georgia) (4/15)
Only a fraction of US broadband homes, 8%, own a virtual-reality headset while 25% of them are aware of the technology, research firm Parks Associates reports. Slightly more than half of the VR headset owners say they use them to play video games. FierceVideo (4/15)