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FCC Takes Aim at TV Joint Sales Deals

Does the Federal Communications Commission have it in for local broadcasters? Some insist that's the case. As expected, the FCC will vote on new rules next month that will make it a lot harder for TV stations to operate joint sales agreements, particularly in smaller and medium sized markets. Show More Summary

Broadcasters Quash Proposal to Change Basic Tier Rule

The broadcast lobby may not be what it was in its heyday, but it's still got plenty of muscle, managing to quash an onerous bill provision could have kicked broadcast stations off basic cable tiers. The item was one of several that Republican...Show More Summary

Suits Star Patrick J. Adams Obsesses Over Instagram

Specs Who Patrick J. Adams Age 32 Accomplishments Stars as Mike Ross on USA’s Suits (Season 3 returns March 6 at 9/8c); set to appear in NBC’s upcoming miniseries adaptation of Rosemary’s Baby Base Los Angeles What’s the first information you consume in the morning? Email is usually first, with Instagram a close second. Show More Summary

Dish-Disney Carriage Deal Disables the Hopper

Six months after the expiration of their joint carriage deal, the Walt Disney Co. and Dish Network on have agreed to a long-term pact that will not only keep ABC, ESPN and other Mouse House channels up and running in the satellite company’s 14.1 million households, but includes concessions related to the ad-skipping “AutoHop” service. Show More Summary

Government Sides With Broadcasters in Aereo Case

The government is siding with broadcasters in their legal fight with Aereo. In an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court, the U.S. copyright office and the Department of Justice told the court Aereo has infringed on broadcast copyright and urged the court to reverse the second circuit's decision that refused to stop the service. Show More Summary

FCC Cracks Down on Misuse of Emergency Alert Signal in Ads

When will advertisers learn not to use the broadcast emergency alert signal in an ad? And when will networks realize the Federal Communications Commission is dead serious about the integrity of the EAS system? A promotional ad for the film Olympus Has Fallen has earned Viacom, ESPN and NBCU the largest aggregate penalty ever imposed by the FCC. Show More Summary

Videology Taps Nielsen to Boost Marketing Across TV and Digital

Videology, the video advertising company, has a new deal with Nielsen to use data to help TV advertisers target audiences that are watching more and more on digital channels—and that means young people. Videology has been interestedShow More Summary

Bumpy Start for Oscars Live Streaming Initiative

ABC’s first pass at live-streaming the Academy Awards didn’t exactly go off without a hitch last night, as user demand knocked the service out of commission. The live video feed streaming on the WatchABC app conked out during the network’s...Show More Summary

FX Is the Edgiest and Most Prolific Drama Producer on Ad-Supported TV

Not so long ago, the prospect of an established actor accepting a role on a television series was as remote as the moons of Saturn. Backsliding from film to the boob tube was a tacit admission of defeat, one that could only lead to the...Show More Summary

You Won't Believe How Big TV Still Is

As the upfronts approach and the NewFronts try again to imitate them, expect to hear a lot about the twilight of traditional television with the rise of digital video. But don’t believe it. A new study from Nielsen reveals the depth and breadth of both universes, and comparative viewership numbers aren’t even close. Show More Summary

Broadcasters Howl Over Proposed Changes to Carriage Rules

Broadcasters are girding for a knock-down drag-out fight over a parade of horribles that might be added to the reauthorization of a little-known cable law commonly known as "Stela." The add-ons currently being negotiated between House...Show More Summary

How Many DC Comics Shows Are We Getting in the Next Couple of Years, Anyway?

There will be X-Men and Avengers constituents galore on the movie screens this summer, but there's only one Flash (well, actually there are at least four Flashes if you want to get technical about it). Production starts next week onShow More Summary

All Hail Shonda Rhimes

It may be time to rename ABC “The House That Shonda Built.” After a two-and-a-half-month hiatus, showrunner Shonda Rhimes’ twin Thursday night hits Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal came storming back as if they’d never left. In fact, both series posted their highest ratings since October. Show More Summary

Walking Dead Breathes Life Into AMC Networks

Powered by the voracious and indefatigable phenomenon that is The Walking Dead, AMC Networks enjoyed a strong fourth quarter, boosting ad sales revenue 31 percent to $205 million. Advertiser demand for the AMC zombie apocalypse drama...Show More Summary

Rob Rodriguez Will Make Sure His New Network Gets His Movies First

At a breakfast at the Lamb's Club in Manhattan today, Robert Rodriguez, founder and chairman of the El Rey Network, was voluble on topics ranging from the vampire prosthetics in From Dusk Till Dawn to his network's new sponsorships.Show More Summary

Organizations Accuse NFL of Coercing Stations to Buy Up Tickets to Avoid Blackout

Did the National Football League strongarm broadcast networks and affiliates to purchase blocks of game tickets in order to avoid local blackouts during the 2013 season and to curry political favor? That's the stunning allegation made...Show More Summary

The Voice Soars With Unilever Sponsorship

CeeLo Green may be flaking on The Voice, but a new sponsorship deal ensures that fans of NBC’s musical competition series won’t be left scratching their heads. As it prepares to launch its sixth cycle Monday night—as was the case last...Show More Summary

Influential Rep. John Dingell to Retire From Congress

The longest-serving lawmaker in Congressional history, Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) announced Monday he is retiring at the end of the 113th Congress. He will have served 29 terms. Dingell, an undisputed icon in the Democratic party, chaired the powerful House commerce committee for 15 years, losing the chairmanship in 2008 to another stalwart Rep. Show More Summary

Piers Morgan Never Really Arrived on CNN and Now He's Leaving

Piers Morgan's daily show at 9 p.m. on CNN is ending, the host told the New York Times' David Carr. Morgan is one of the few remaining high-profile hires from Jonathan Klein's era at the cable network, which featured everything from a prime-time talk series hosted by recently resigned and disgraced New York governor Eliot Spitzer to an 8 p.m. Show More Summary

Netflix Pays to Bust Up Comcast Traffic Jam

In a move that seems certain to have a profound impact on how Netflix negotiates with other broadband providers going forward, the streaming video service on Sunday announced it has agreed to pay Comcast for direct access to the cable operator’s network. Show More Summary

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