Report: Comcast is discussing streaming TV service with Apple | Media General, LIN will sell or trade 5 stations to close deal | Mass. congressman urges FCC to grandfather existing JSAs
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March 24, 2014
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Report: Comcast is discussing streaming TV service with Apple
Apple is said to be in the early stages of negotiations with Comcast for a streaming TV service that would be based on its own set-top device and offer a speedier connection over the "last mile" than other content. But the talks actually resulting in a deal is still "improbable," Variety's Andrew Wallenstein writes. "We forget [that] Apple and media companies just don't get a lot of deals done." The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (3/23), Variety (3/23)
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Media General, LIN will sell or trade 5 stations to close deal
Media General and LIN Media, to gain federal approval for their $1.6 billion deal to combine their holdings, plan to sell or trade stations in five markets where both already have outlets. The five markets are Providence, R.I.; Savannah, Ga.; Birmingham, Ala.; Mobile, Ala.; and Green Bay, Wis. TVNewsCheck (free registration) (3/21)
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Mass. congressman urges FCC to grandfather existing JSAs
The Federal Communications Commission should let current joint-sales agreements remain in place, according to Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., who cited the "localism and diversity" his community had gained from a JSA involving a station in his district. "They provide news in both quantity and quality -- adding hours of news and investigative teams," Neal wrote in a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. TVNewsCheck (free registration) (3/21)
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Dot Records will be latest spinoff from Big Machine
Big Machine, which over the past decade has gone from startup to country music force, is spawning a third spinoff label. Dot Records, named after a storied independent label that shut down in the late 1970s, will be run by Big Machine and Universal Music Group unit Republic Records. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/24)
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Broadcast Programming
Plot twist on "The Good Wife" provokes strong viewer response
Viewers of the CBS drama "The Good Wife" took to Twitter to express their sadness -- and sometimes outrage -- at a "shocking" plot twist that took place during Sunday's episode. The surprise is revealed in this article. The Associated Press (3/24)
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Will Comcast win the lobbying game for TWC deal?
Comcast is facing strong scrutiny for its proposed $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable in its home state of Pennsylvania, as well as in Florida, California and other states. But the cable giant's sizable footprint "gives them the ability to make arguments about their position in the economy, the number of jobs they have, the taxes they pay, what their future plans are," according to Edwin Bender, executive director of the National Institute on Money in State Politics. In related news, the Writers Guild of America has released a report detailing the "harm" the merger would cause and asking federal regulators to deny approval. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (3/24), Deadline.com (3/23)
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Netflix is not entitled to "free lunch," AT&T exec says
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is "arrogant" to think that the video service is somehow entitled to a change in federal regulations that would allow it to have a free connection to Internet providers, according to Jim Cicconi, a senior executive vice president at AT&T. "As we all know, there is no free lunch, and there's also no cost-free delivery of streaming movies. Someone has to pay that cost," Cicconi wrote in a blog post. National Journal (3/21)
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People & Personalities
Twin Cities morning radio hosts plan to marry
Falen Bonsett, co-host of "The Dave Ryan Show" on KDWB in the Twin Cities, next month is slated to marry Paul "Meatsauce" Lambert, a morning personality on sibling Clear Channel station KFAN. "She is the only one who doesn't call me 'Meatsauce,' other than my mom and dad," Lambert said. "When she does start calling me that, I'll know something has probably gone awry." Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.) (3/21)
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NAB News
Digital Strategies Exchange for Radio featured at NAB Show
Digital Strategies Exchange for Radio (DSX4r), presented by NAB Labs, is a one-day workshop held Wednesday, April 9, within the NAB Show's Broadcast Management Conference. It focuses on the many digital technologies affecting radio broadcasting today and provides recommendations for non-technical managers on how to best leverage them to local radio's advantage. Digital topics will include the connected car/digital dashboard, audience measurement, branding, best practices, hiring and Hybrid Radio. Plus, radio futurist James Cridland, Media UK, will provide a special presentation on successful digital strategies from around the world.
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2nd Screen Sunday at NAB Show to feature Twitter exec
Mike Park, senior manager of Twitter's Amplify program, will keynote the 2nd Screen Sunday, April 6 at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. Park will share how Twitter's Amplify program (which allows media brands and their ad partners to promote targeted video clips to Twitter users) has helped TV advertisers use Twitter to engage with consumers and measure interaction with brands. 2nd Screen Sunday will also feature executives from Turner, Comcast, Roku and TiVo at a variety of sessions. Register here.
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