Wednesday, July 23, 2014

AEREO’S SUBSCRIBER NUMBERS REVEALED

July 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Even if Aereo had won its legal battle with the broadcast networks, it might not have been able to survive, new documents filed with the U.S. Copyright Office and detailed by re/code.com suggest. At the end of 2013, the documents indicate, Aereo had just 77,596 subscribers total in the 10 cities where it was operating. […]

NETFLIX SAYS IT NOW HAS 50 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS

July 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

After adding 1.69 million subscribers in its last quarter, Netflix said Monday that it had crossed the 50-million mark worldwide, with 36 million in the U.S. alone. The company credited original programming, such as the political drama House of Cards, the horror series Hemlock Grove and the prison dramedy Orange Is the New Black, for […]

MONTY PYTHON’S FINAL PERFORMANCE CENSORED IN U.K.

July 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Some Monty Python fans are up in arms following the deletion of segments of the group’s final live performance on Sunday that was carried by the pay-TV channel Gold. The censored segments which appeared before the "watershed" hour of 9:00 p.m. when children might be watching, were reportedly ordered by OFCOM, Britain’s television watchdog. They […]

AL-JAZEERA COMES UNDER ATTACK IN ISRAEL

July 22, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Israel’s foreign minister said on Monday that his country will work to prevent al-Jazeera from operating in Israel. In an interview with the liberal daily Haaretz, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman accused al-Jazeera of being "a central pillar of the propaganda apparatus of Hamas." He added that the news network "broadcasts to Gaza and the world […]

MURDOCH MOBILIZES FOR ASSAULT ON TIME WARNER

July 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Rupert Murdoch is marshaling his own resources and those of two of the nation’s largest lending institutions in his bid to take over Time Warner. According to the Financial Times, Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox has lined up Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan to provide a loan of about $25 billion to help fund the proposed deal. […]

TV CRITICS AGAIN VOTE BREAKING BAD BEST TV SHOW

July 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The final season of AMC’s Breaking Bad has been named Program of the Year by the Television Critics Association. At the group’s 30th annual awards presentations Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black was voted Outstanding New Program. In the category Individual Achievement in Drama, Matthew McConaughey took home the award for his performance in HBO’s […]

CABLE, SATELLITE COMPANIES REJECT DODGERS DEAL

July 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

After agreeing to pay $8.35 billion to carry the Los Angeles Dodgers for the next 25 years, Time Warner Cable may now be experiencing buyer’s remorse. As the second half of the season begins today (Friday) following the All Star break, TWC remains deadlocked in negotiations with all other satellite and cable operators in Southern […]

MURDOCH CLAIMS REGULATORS WON’T LET HIM BUY TRIBUNE

July 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Spinning off Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper business into a separate entity from his entertainment businesses may make perfect sense from an investor’s viewpoint. However, from a regulatory viewpoint, it may not. Murdoch said on Twitter Thursday night, "Sorry can’t buy Trib group or LA Times– cross-ownership laws from another age still in place." The implication is […]

MSNBC NEWSCASTER IS PUNK’D BY HOWARD STERN FAN

July 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Another prank call from a Howard Stern fan has been added to the YouTube collection of such calls, this one involving an unsuspecting newscaster on MSNBC. On Thursday, Krystal Ball (a provocative name for a newscaster), who hosts MSNBC’s The Cycle, received a call from a man saying that he was a member of the […]

ALL-STAR GAME SCORES RARE WIN FOR FOX

July 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Major League Baseball’s annual All-Star Game, played in Minneapolis and won by the American League 5-3, pulled in big ratings for Fox on Tuesday, according to overnight numbers from Nielsen Research. The game was watched by 11.3 million viewers, up 9 percent from 2013, Nielsen said, making it the No. 1 show of the night […]

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