After the coffee. Before scheduling my cat's haircut.
The Skinny: Got home late and then had to write about the
Daily Dose: RBC Capital Markets analyst David Banks said the firm recently talked with two D.C. lawyers about what the Supreme Court might be thinking with regards to Aereo. The lawyers, Bank said, thought the high court would favor the broadcaster's efforts to have Aereo shutdown because it violates copyright law. Of course, it would probably be pretty easy to find two lawyers who think Aereo will win so I'd take all this with a grain of salt.
Let the battle begin. As expected,
Pilots? We don't need no stinking pilots. For decades, the broadcast networks have used the same TV system to make TV shows. During a frantic two-month period they order tons of scripts, shoot dozens of pilots, pick the best and then rush them into production. Then they wonder why most fail. Well, Fox programming chief Kevin Reilly has had enough. He said Monday that Fox is out of the pilot business. Instead, the network will embrace yearlong development and focus on ordering scripts they believe in as series and take their time getting them right. "We couldn't do any worse," Reilly said. We'll see. More on Fox's potentially game-changing plan from the Los Angeles Times, Variety and Deadline Hollywood.
Heavy weather. DirecTV is no longer carrying the Weather Channel because it couldn't come to terms on a new distribution contract with the network. The Weather Channel will lose access to 20 million homes which could effect its ratings and advertising revenue if the dispute drags on. The two are arguing over money although DirecTV says it is also concerned about the growing amount of non-weather forecast content on the channel. Also, AccuWeather said Monday it would launch its own 24/7 TV service later this year. Details on the spat from the Los Angeles Times and Associated Press.