There was good news on two fronts this week for direct broadcast satellite (DBS) operator DISH Network. On Sunday, DISH settled a retransmission dispute with LIN Media with the signing of a new carriage contract that restored to DISH subscribers LIN broadcast network signals that were cut off on March 5. That development was followed by a New York bankruptcy court’s decision on Tuesday to approve a revised agreement through which DISH would acquire the assets of bankrupt mobile satellite services (MSS) provider DBSD North America for $1.5 billion. The week-long signal outage impacted DISH’s carriage of 27 major broadcast network affiliates owned by LIN in 17 markets. Although terms of the renewed agreement between DISH and LIN were not disclosed, the pact ends the latest in a string of recent retransmission disputes, pitting broadcasters such as Fox and Sinclair against multichannel video program distributors such as Cablevision and Time Warner Cable. Those disputes induced the FCC last month to consider changes to the agency’s program carriage rules that could provide greater protections to consumers. Meanwhile, DISH’s revised $1.5 billion offer for DBSD represents a 50% improvement over the DBS operator’s original bid of $1 billion last month. Observers indicate that the revised offer, which provides full compensation to DBSD’s unsecured creditors, was submitted after U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Gerber asked DBSD on March 2 to solicit competing bids for its assets. Although private equity firms Harbinger Capital Partners and Solus Capital Management were reported to have shown interest, DBSD parent firm ICO Global told the court that it supported DISH’s new offer as “the highest and best possible bid that can be achieved by the estate’s stakeholders.”