After the coffee. Before watching a Senate hearing in my pajamas.
The Skinny: I think I've mentioned that I finally started watching
Daily Dose: This morning, the
Size matters. The nation's biggest cable and broadband providers say they need to get bigger if they are going to compete against
Clear skies. The Weather Channel is finally back on DirecTV after being dropped almost three months ago. Looks like the Weather Channel was the one that said "uncle" in this fight. Not only did the channel apologize for its nasty public campaign against DirecTV, it also said it would reduce the amount of reality programming it carries, which was one of the issues the satellite broadcaster cited when it dropped the service. If that's not enough, Hilton Hotels will also pipe DirecTV into 500,000 rooms. What does that have to do with the Weather Channel? Well, private equity firm
Seal of approval. "Draft Day," the sports drama about the National Football League's annual draft of college football players starring
More money. Sony Corp. has closed a new movie co-financing pact. According to Variety, the movie studio struck the $200-million deal with LStar Capital, a unit of Lone Star
Be like Netflix. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, who is no favorite of broadcasters because of some new tough regulations his agency approved, told the industry it needs to stop focusing on fees from pay-TV distributors and try to be more like a Netflix. "Broadcast licensees are no more in the 'television' business than a canal company was in the barge business. Your business horizons are greater than your current product," Wheeler said. More on his remarks from Re/Code.
Inside the Los Angeles Times:
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