US satellite TV operator EchoStar Communications has failed in a bid to overturn a court decision preventing its broadcast of local TV program content outside its indigenous market.

Echostar asked the Supreme Court to reconsider a ruling by a federal appeals court that upheld regulations confining local stations to their home markets. The satellite firm argued that this infringed free speech.

However, the Supreme Court refused to hear the case, forcing EchoStar to drop plans to offer subscribers local content from other areas. It still plans to expand its local TV offering to all 210 US markets, should its controversial merger with satellite market leader Hughes Electronics gain regulatory approval.

Data sourced from: Financial Times; additional content by WARC staff