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Morning Fix: Record number vie for tax credit. Lisa Kudrow's trying trial.

After the coffee. Before boning up on hockey terminology.

The Skinny: I have too much TV viewing to do. I didn't finish "Fargo" last night and I haven't even started Monday's episodes of "Louie." And yes, I do watch more than FX. Today's roundup includes a wacky story about a member of the jury on Lisa Kudrow's recent legal fight against her manager. Also, a record number of applicants try to get a tax credit to produce TV and movies in California.

Daily Dose:  Netflix is raising the stakes in its fights with the broadband providers that deliver its content to consumers. In Washington, D.C., when its programming is slow to stream, a notice appears blaming the provider, which in this case is Verizon. The new notice was noted by Vox Media staffer Yuri Victor, who tweeted about it. Netflix spokesman Jonathan Friedland said, "We're always testing new ways to keep members informed."

Lucky 23. Almost 500 movie and TV productions applied for a tax credit from the state of California on Monday. Of those 497 applicants (a 30% jump from a year ago and a new record), 23 made the cut, according to the California Film Commission. The producers are all battling for a piece of the $100-million tax-credit program aimed at keeping production of TV and movies in California. The lucky 23 are expected to be notified later this week. Details from the Los Angeles Times

Oops. Major companies may be inadvertently supporting piracy of movies and TV shows. The Associated Press said several recent studies showed that companies including McDonald's and even programming giant Comcast Corp. had ads on websites that allow users to access pirated material. The companies are usually unaware that their ads have ended up on pirate sites, which often find ways to mask their true nature to potential advertisers.

To pay for delay or not pay for delay, that is the question. While one major media-buying firm -- Group M -- has agreed to pay for viewers of ads up to a week after the ads air, others are not ready to jump on the bandwagon. Currently, most advertisers pay for viewing up to three days after a show has aired. TV networks have been trying to get advertisers to pay for viewers who record shows and watch them a week within their air date. One media buyer even took to Twitter to make clear his shop isn't ready to pay for more than three days of delayed viewing. More from the Wall Street Journal and Variety.

Flaky juror. Lisa Kudrow has made a career out of playing flakes. But now she is claiming a letter from the foreman of the jury that ruled against her in a legal battle with her former manager over a cut of her "Friends" rerun money is proof that the verdict needs to be tossed. The juror wrote to Kudrow after the case, saying he concluded the jury reached the wrong decision. Details on the legal mess from the Hollywood Reporter.

Face-off. The Stanley Cup championship between the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers starts here tonight. Normally one would assume that having the nation's top markets square off would mean big ratings for NBC, which will air the series on its broadcast and cable network. But while having New York and Los Angeles battling certainly won't hurt, if the series isn't competitive all but the most hard-core hockey fans are likely to flee. The New York Times with a pregame piece on the series.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: A look at HBO's behind-the-scenes documentary "The Case Against 8" about the legal fight to overturn California's Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage.

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