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April 15, 2014
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Networks consider alternatives if Aereo wins court case
Broadcasters, despite sounding a confident note about their prospects before the Supreme Court in their lawsuit against Aereo, nevertheless are considering their options should they lose. CBS has said it could start its own streaming service, or the networks could seek legislative solutions or choose to transmit their content solely via cable. "Clearly our recourse is in Congress," said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. "We'll cross that bridge when we come to it." The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (4/14)
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Opinion: Songwriter Equity Act ignores the big picture
Backers of the Songwriter Equity Act, which seeks in part to increase the fees paid to writers by online music stores and streaming services, are distorting "the true universe of songwriter and publisher compensation" and how royalties are paid from a variety of sources, according to Gregory Alan Barnes, general counsel for the Digital Media Association. "[P]olicymakers must be mindful of the important and delicate balance that copyright is intended to strike, and look to be informed by all available information," he writes. "Regrettably, the Songwriter Equity Act fails in this regard." Roll Call (free content) (4/14)
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Report: Sprint plans promotional, billing alliance with Spotify
Sprint and Spotify are said to be planning a partnership under which the mobile operator's customers would be able to try the music service for free. The alliance also reportedly would allow Sprint users to be billed for Spotify through the carrier and for some Sprint customers to get a discounted rate for the music service's monthly premium offering. Re/code (4/11)
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Analysis: NHK's 8K camera is an intriguing creative option
NHK's demonstration at the NAB Show of its 8K camera -- and the short film that was made with it -- show that high-resolution is among the many "options in a growing creative palette available to filmmakers," writes Carolyn Giardina. "... Filmmakers will select the tools -- and how to use them -- in the service of the story that they are trying to tell. Presumably we'll see much more experimentation in a variety of genres." The Hollywood Reporter (free content)/Behind The Screen blog (4/14)
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Media buyers bringing more data from more sources to upfronts
The wealth of data available to media agencies beyond the traditional Nielsen age and gender metrics is expected to play a major role at this year's upfronts, buyers say. Agencies have access to information from Rentrak, Acxiom, Twitter and other social media, as well as their own research done internally. "One hundred percent of our investment decisions will be informed by data," said John Muszynski, chief investment officer at Publicis Groupe's Spark. Advertising Age (free access for SmartBrief readers) (4/14)
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CBS' Thursday night NFL lineup could hurt ad rates at rival nets
CBS' slate of eight NFL games on Thursday nights could be used by ad buyers to negotiate better rates from rival networks for the night. Marketers "have got more choice and more positions" due to the NFL block, said Sam Sussman, a senior vice president and director at Starcom. "That's a good lever to have." Variety (4/14)
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Netflix: Content is now streaming 65% faster on Comcast
Netflix's streaming speeds on Comcast rose by 65% from January to March, following the video service's paid peering agreement with the cable giant. "This month's rankings are a great illustration of how performance can improve when ISPs work to connect directly to Netflix," Netflix said in a blog post. The Verge (4/14), CNET (4/14)
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Nebraska Broadcasters pick Jim Timm as president
James R. "Jim" Timm, general manager of Connoisseur Media's KBBX-FM in Omaha, Neb., has been selected as president and executive director of the Nebraska Broadcasters Association. Timm, who is following longtime chief Marty Riemenschneider in the position, is a member and second past chairman of the Nebraska Broadcasters Association board. Radio Business Report (4/14)
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