With prospects growing dim for passage of satellite reauthorization legislation before year’s end, House and Senate lawmakers adopted a two-month extension of the 2004 Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act that would enable the direct broadcast satellite (DBS) industry to retain current retransmission rights while legislators hammer out a final agreement on pending legislation that would extend the DBS compulsory license for another five years. Provisions calling for a 60-day extension of DBS retransmission rights were added to a FY 2010 defense appropriations bill that was signed into law by President Obama on Monday. Earlier this month, a satellite reauthorization measure combining tenets of separate bills approved by the House Judiciary and Energy and Commerce Committees was adopted by the House. Although House and Senate negotiators were reportedly closing in on a bipartisan agreement to add a final satellite bill to the defense appropriations measure, Republican leaders on the House Judiciary Committee objected on grounds that the satellite provisions might delay or otherwise hinder passage of the “must pass” defense legislation. Sources also say that provisions allowing DISH Network to resume the transmission of distant broadcast network signals and requiring DISH to offer non-commercial public TV stations in HD format by 2011 remain key issues of debate that have delayed the bill’s passage.