Back when EchoStar was trying to buy DirecTV, there was talk about selling off some assets to regional cable TV provider Cablevision, in order to let them create a competitor out of thin air. Well, the EchoStar/DirecTV deal never went through, but apparently Cablevision still wanted to launch their satellite TV deal, so now they're pushing forward with those plans. There's been a lot of skepticism about Cablevision's plans for some time, but they've now launched their single satellite, with which they hope to cover the entire continental US (though, there are some questions as to whether or not the satellite will really be able to reach the western part of the US). And, so, it appears there will soon be three competing satellite TV providers in the US.
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