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Yesterday, 03:46 PM
29
Sep 2014
Posted By: Athlon646464


Pay TV Gets a Win as FCC Looks to Kill Sports Blackout Rule 
 
(recode.net) - Sports fans may be rejoicing soon, as the federal government does away with a nearly-40-year-old rule designed to keep fans going to games instead of watching them on television.
 
Later this week, the Federal Communications Commission is expected to kill what’s known as the sports blackout rule — a restriction that prevents pay-TV providers such as cable and satellite from airing local games if the local stadiums don’t sell out seats....
 

Yesterday, 06:02 AM
29
Sep 2014
Posted By: Athlon646464


Disney's Deal With Dish Network Reveals Why Cable Companies Are Terrified Of Online Streaming Services
 
(businessinsider.com) - The Information’s Martin Peers wrote an interesting column on Thursday arguing traditional media companies are simply denying how online streaming services, like Netflix and Amazon, are disrupting the $100 billion-plus TV network industry.
 
To be sure, programmers are taking steps to limit erosion in their deals with Dish. One industry executive says the Disney agreement with Dish has a provision that if the streaming service signs up more than a certain number of subscribers, the deal is off. Dish declined to comment.
 
In other words, Disney will play along with Dish Network's new service, but if it succeeds to a certain extent, they will be forced to pull out — likely to honor their partnerships with longstanding cable providers like Time Warner and Comcast.
 
Peers offers two potential reasons for why big media companies like Time Warner are downplaying streaming and other disruptive services:
 
"The simple answer is that most media company CEOs are nearing the end of their careers and are more focused on short-term quarterly performance than trends that might or might not happen for a decade. Another answer is that they’re in denial about the implications of what they’re doing."
 

Sep 25 2014 10:29 AM
25
Sep 2014
Posted By: Athlon646464


Update: DIRECTV Stockholders Approve Merger with AT&T Inc.
 
EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- At a special meeting today, DIRECTV stockholders voted overwhelmingly to approve DIRECTV’s proposed merger with AT&T Inc. The final voting results indicate more than 99 percent of votes cast were in favor of the adoption of the merger agreement, representing 77 percent of all outstanding shares....
 

Sep 25 2014 05:48 AM
25
Sep 2014
Posted By: Athlon646464


Will Internet TV Forge Dish, Verizon Wireless Deal?
 
(news.investors.com/) - Will the Internet TV ambitions of Dish Network and Verizon Communications dovetail into a merger or network-sharing deal between them?
 
That scenario looms, some analysts say, as both the satellite TV broadcaster and the nation's No. 1 wireless phone company ready Web and mobile TV services....
 

Sep 23 2014 02:35 PM
23
Sep 2014
Posted By: Athlon646464


FXNow delivers its on-demand streaming to Apple TV
 
(engadget.com) - Just before Simpsons World arrives offering access to that entire series, FXNow has arrived on Apple TV set-top boxes. While Bart and Lisa make their way to the on-demand repository, the channel serves up FX series like Sons of Anarchy, The Americans, Justified, Archer and more....
 

Sep 23 2014 03:00 AM
23
Sep 2014
Posted By: Athlon646464


DirecTV to Begin 4K Broadcasts this Year
 
(satellitetoday.com) - United States pay-TV giant DirecTV is actively looking into supporting Ultra-HD content in 2014, Michael White, chairman, president and CEO told investors at Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference. Despite being critical of the market potential of Ultra-HD in the past, he said it is a service DirecTV still intends to be ready for in order to hold a leading position.
 
“This year is probably the first year you will start to see some critical mass of television sets in the home — still tiny but more than prior years … our plan is to have an Ultra-HD [Video on Demand] VOD capability by the end of this year,” he said....
 

Sep 23 2014 02:59 AM
23
Sep 2014
Posted By: Athlon646464


Update: DirecTV and Raycom still haven't finalized deal, another blackout looms
 
(fiercecable.com) - It's never over until the papers are signed: Raycom is threatening to once again pull its signal off DirecTV.
 
"Right now they are carrying our television stations without an agreement. I don't know how long we can allow that to continue," Jeff Rosser, Raycom Media's senior VP, told the Montgomery Advertiser, which serves Raycom's Alabama headquarters. "So we are not as confident as they seem to be that our stations will not have to come back off their system."...
 

Sep 23 2014 02:59 AM
23
Sep 2014
Posted By: Athlon646464


Plex is getting more expensive -- unless you sign up right now
 
(engadget.com) - Already a subscriber to media outfit Plex's services? Good news: when the company raises its prices at the end of the month, you won't be affected. For everyone who signs up for the firm's Plex Pass subscription come September 29th, however, the price goes up. Monthly fees will raise from $4 to $5 and annual renewals will jump from $30 to $40. The biggest change comes to lifetime memberships, as the associated fee is doubling....
 

Sep 20 2014 04:51 AM
20
Sep 2014
Posted By: Athlon646464


Netflix support is officially making its way to Linux, finally
 
(engadget.com) - Linux users, you've been very, very, very, very, very, very patient. And now, your patience is being rewarded with Netflix support on your OS of choice. For the longest time Netflix relied on Microsoft's would-be Flash competitor Silverlight. But, of course, support for the plug in was practically non-existent on the open-source OS. Now, with Silverlight fading, and Netflix embracing the power of HTML5, your wish of watching flicks in your favorite distro (be it Ubuntu, Mint or Arch) may finally come true....
 

Sep 19 2014 07:55 AM
19
Sep 2014
Posted By: Athlon646464


YouTube Takes Out Checkbook Again, Pays Its Stars to Make Videos
 
(recode.net) - YouTube is planning to invest millions in some of its biggest stars, in deals intended to create high-quality content for the site. The deals are also designed to encourage those stars to keep working on YouTube instead of migrating to other platforms.
 
Video producers and distributors who are discussing deals with YouTube executives say the site is talking about investing in different kinds of formats and different lengths; in some cases, YouTube is talking about pairing talent with more traditional Hollywood producers. The one constant is that they want to work with talent that is already popular on YouTube...
 



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