Pebble Beach, Calif. --The 2013 Concours d’Elegance is not unlike any prior year’s version of Victoria Secret’s annual televised lingerie model show.

That’s because some of the best looking, best performing, and sexiest items in their categories are paraded across the stage, at near break-neck speed (for car after car being pushed by hand across the stage), commanding remarkable attention, and almost all you never hear from nor really ever see perform.

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What’s A DBS Company To Do?

Seeking A Three-Way Bundle That They Control

By The Carmel Group’s Jimmy Schaeffler

Last week, The Carmel Group spent a good deal of time learning about a company that is rumored to be a candidate to work with DirecTV and/or EchoStar, as both satellite TV companies try to build their joint or separate telecommunications bundles. These would be bundles of three key services: video, voice and Internet. What DirecTV and EchoStar need are terrestrial voice and 2-way Internet broadband services that they each (or together) can manage, control and from which they can reap the key rewards.

Right now, both EchoStar and DirecTV have great video infrastructure, which each has painstakingly built and nurtured during the past 15 or so years. But, because of the limitation of a space-based geostationary satellite infrastructure, neither has either a voice service or a 2-way Internet broadband service that they control and make significant money from.

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Eleven years ago, at The Carmel Group’s inaugural Five Burning Questions conference in southern CA, an anonymous attendee stated a “law” that has since proved itself repeatedly: If you do not attend certain conferences regularly (even if you read the trades and talk regularly to peers), you will remain at least six months behind the latest industry developments.

That maxim proved itself yet again June 13, when 23 top-level industry representatives from Silicon Valley, Hollywood, Wall Street, Washington, DC, Denver’s cable and satellite communities (to name but a few)—and many points in between—gathered in San Diego for the 11th Annual Five Burning Questions event, as part of the 5th annual ISCe conference, held at San Diego’s Mission Bay Hilton Hotel.

Read more: ISCe Insights, 2006

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