6 Comments AT&T CBS DirecTV Share your voice CBS and AT&T’s contract dispute affected subscribers of DirecTV Now and other services. Getty Images CBS channels will be restored Thursday for AT&T’s DirecTV, DirecTV Now and other pay-TV customers, after the two companies reached a deal and ended a nearly three-week blackout.CBS and AT&T said Thursday that their multi-year deal will cover the CBS-owned stations of its namesake broadcast channel, the CBS Sports Network and the Smithsonian Channel across DirecTV, DirecTV Now and U-verse, as well as the upcoming TV platforms that AT&T hopes to launch. (Editors’ note: CNET is owned by CBS.)AT&T aims to launch a Netflix-like streaming service called HBO Max in spring 2020, but that isn’t expected to carry live channels. The blackout hit AT&T pay-TV customers in 17 cities — New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Tampa, Seattle, Detroit, Minneapolis, Miami, Denver, Sacramento, Pittsburgh and Baltimore — as well as more than 100 CBS stations and affiliates on DirecTV Now. It stemmed from a dispute over the rates that AT&T pays CBS to carry the channels, after the companies’ 2012 agreement expired last month. In a brief joint statement, the companies didn’t disclose financial terms.”CBS and AT&T regret any inconvenience to their customers and viewers and thank them for their patience,” they said. Tags TV and Movies TVs Mobile
DataWind Inc. sold 37.2 percent of the approximately 950,000 tablets in India, during the three months ended June 30, 2016, according to CMR’s India Tablet PC Market Review. The overall tablet market grew 5 percent compared to the first quarter of 2016.The company has maintained its leadership position, selling more tablets than any other company in India for the third successive quarter. DataWind’s share of 37.2 percent is up from 34.2 percent in Q1 2016 and 20.7 percent in Q4 2015. DataWind’s market share is now almost double than that of Samsung’s, which sold 18.9 percent of tablets in the quarter.The CMR study also shows that DataWind is the only company among the top three sellers which has increased its market share.Mr. Suneet Singh Tuli, President and CEO of DataWind said: “We continue to see tremendous demand for our low cost Internet-enabled tablets and smartphones from consumers in India. DataWind is moving ahead with a clear focus on driving device and Internet costs downward to a level where access to technology becomes ‘universally affordable’ and the democratization of technology finds its true meaning.”DataWind dominated the sub-Rs. 5,000 tablet segment (approximately $75) with 76 percent market share, up from 74 percent last quarter, in the largest and fastest growing market segment in India. The study showed that the number of tablets sold in the sub-Rs. 5,000 segment has now increased to 48 percent of the overall market, up from 46 percent last quarter.DataWind is the only tablet provider in India focused on offering affordable tablets and Internet access. All DataWind devices come bundled with one year of unlimited Internet access. The devices feature the most affordable ongoing plans available in the market. This is due to the company’s unique, patented technology that reduces up to 97 percent, the amount of data needed for web browsing.