After the coffee. Before checking Seth Meyers' debut ratings.
The Skinny: Do you know how often I quote from Harold Ramis movies? Probably every day something from "Ghostbusters" or "Animal House" leaves my lips. He will be missed. Today's Morning Fix includes Disney's new digital movie service, more thoughts on the Netflix-Comcast deal and early reviews of Seth Meyers' debut. Also, DreamWorks Co-Chairman Stacey Snider may be on the move.
Daily Dose: SportsNet LA, the new cable channel owned by the Dodgers, makes its debut Tuesday night, but many fans probably will be shut out. Time Warner Cable, which is handling distribution for the network (for which they paid billions), still doesn't have deals with other area distributors including DirecTV, Cox and Verizon. Odds are nothing will happen until the regular season starts, so hold off on buying the peanuts and Cracker Jack.
Mickey anywhere. Walt Disney Co. is launching its own cloud-based digital movie service that will allow users to buy a film from the studio (from Disney and Apple's iTunes) and watch it on multiple platforms (TV, computer, phone, tablet). The move is big for Disney as it passed on being part of UltraViolet, a digital service initiative spearheaded by Warner Bros. that includes the other major studios and works in partnership with Best Buy and Walmart. Details from the Los Angeles Times and New York Times.
What's it all mean? Netflix's deal to pay Comcast for direct access to the broadband giant's network signals a new era in the relationship between content suppliers and pipe owners. Netflix probably will strike similar deals with other large Internet Service Providers (ISPs). If you are Netflix and your trucks are clogging the freeway, having a special lane is not a bad thing. The question is whether this will eventually mean higher bills for consumers to watch Netflix, either from them or the ISPs. More thoughts on the landmark pact from the Los Angeles Times and Re/Code.
On the move? DreamWorks Co-Chairman Stacey Snider may be jumping ship and joining 20th Century Fox in a senior creative position, says the Hollywood Reporter. Snider has already met with studio boss Jim Gianopulos and Rupert Murdoch, chairman of parent company 21st Century Fox, according to the article. She would fill the void left when Tom Rothman was pushed out in 2012 (yes, it was that long ago).
Practice makes perfect. Seth Meyers made his debut Monday night as host of NBC's "Late Night" with guests Amy Poehler and Vice President Joe Biden. Many early reviews for Meyers were kind but lukewarm and warned there is a lot of polishing that needs to be done. It's the first show, people! Let him get his sea legs before passing judgment. Coverage and reviews of Meyers' first night from the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Hollywood Reporter and Variety.
In the red? People don't usually confuse TMZ with Forbes, but the gossip website is reporting Fox's "American Idol" will lose money this season. Given the high talent costs (Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Seacrest) and the decline in ratings, can't say this is a shocker. Still, it does show what happens when a program that's supposed to be about the talent starts focusing on the judges.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: An appreciation of writer and director Harold Ramis, whose credits included "Animal House," "Vacation," Stripes" and "Groundhog Day." Mary McNamara on MSNBC's Ronan Farrow.
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