After the coffee. Before making sure I see Derek Jeter play again.
The Skinny: Spent last night on the late-breaking story that
Daily Dose: Speaking with analysts Thursday morning, Comcast said its deal to acquire Time Warner Cable (see below) is pro-competitive and shouldn't be held up by regulators. Comcast Executive Vice President David Cohen noted that acquiring Time Warner Cable presents "a lot fewer issues than the
A big plot twist. Comcast Corp. struck a deal to buy Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion. The agreement, unveiled Thursday morning, will combine two huge video and Internet giants and and is already being blasted by media watchdogs as the latest example of media consolidation run amok. Comcast's move also pulled the rug out from under
Big money. CBS is looking to cash in on the finale of "How I Met Your Mother." According to Variety, CBS is seeking $500,000 for a commercial in the long-running sitcom's final episode, which will air at the end of March. Not everyone will pay that price, only those late to the party.
Up your game. With more people watching TV on their computers, phones and tablets, the pressure is on Nielsen to change the way it measures consumption. And if it doesn't, there are other companies out there that are already actively measuring the digital space. The Wall Street Journal on the pressure Nielsen is facing to expand its measurement in response to changing viewing habits and rival rating services.
New kid in town. Next week,
Inside the Los Angeles Times: Sid Caesar, one of the early stars of television and a comic genius who influenced many and made millions laugh, died at the age of 91.
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