The Skinny: I'm up extra early today to listen to a Time Warner earnings call (it was a good quarter). That's Time Warner, not
Daily Dose: There isn't a lot new on the CBS-Time Warner Cable standoff. As expected, politicians are starting to weigh in. Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has asked the Federal Communications Commission to weigh in and try to get the two companies to come to a solution. But the FCC lacks the clout to do more than say "pretty please" to the two firms. Meanwhile, CBS Chief Executive
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Snip snip. Although much of the pay-TV industry has long been in denial about customers cutting the cord to their subscriptions in favor of finding content online, the numbers are starting to tell a different story. According to Moffett Research, cable, telephone and satellite video providers lost almost 400,000 subscribers in the second quarter. Younger consumers are leading the charge, either dropping pay-TV or never signing up in the first place.
Contain your enthusiasm. Advance ad sales for the broadcast networks fall TV season -- known in the media industry as the upfront market -- has finally wrapped up. If the numbers are any indication, advertisers are not exactly bursting with excitement about September. According to the New York Times, the five broadcast networks (CBS,
Time to talk. Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen again expressed interest in getting together with rival satellite broadcaster
Backing off. After having his attempt to get
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Betsy Sharkey on "We're the Millers." Mary McNamara on "Broadchurch," the British drama that debuts on
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