After the coffee. Before going into Aereo withdrawal.
The Skinny: I watched the first episode of HBO's "The Leftovers." I'm intrigued but need to see one or two more episodes to determine whether I'll get hooked. Thursday's roundup includes all the Aereo coverage you could possibly want. Also, a juicy lawsuit involving some of the women in media mogul Sumner Redstone's life.
Daily Dose: TV station deals don't get the attention they once did, but Fox's swap of TV stations in Boston and Memphis, Tenn., for two San Francisco stations owned by Cox is noteworthy. For years (decades actually), Fox has wanted to get its hands on Cox's KTVU-TV San Francisco. Besides being a huge market, it is also home to the 49ers and Fox has rights to the National Football Conference. Yes, Boston has the Patriots but they are in the American Football Conference, which CBS covers.
Hold on to that cable box and those rabbit ears. The Supreme Court ruled that Aereo -- the start-up that streams the signals of local TV signals -- violates the Copyright Act. The 6-3 ruling likely sounds a death knell for Aereo, which launched in 2012 and is available in 11 markets. It is also a big win for the broadcast industry because Aereo was seen as a potential threat to the revenue networks and local stations get from pay-TV distributors. But cable should celebrate, too, since Aereo also could have led to cord-cutting. Consumers won't be thrilled, though, since Aereo was a low-cost solution for folks who don't want to pay for big TV packages. Justice Antonin Scalia led the dissent, saying that while Aereo probably was illegal, the Supreme Court's job isn't to distort current law to close a loophole. Coverage and analysis from the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post and Bloomberg.
What happens next? Have broadcasters won a huge victory or just a temporary reprieve from technology? Can Aereo be salvaged? Will the Supreme Court's ruling have unintended consequences? Will the Redskins win the Super Bowl? Wait, how'd that one get in there? Anyway, here are some more thoughts on the Supreme Court's ruling on Aereo from Re/code, Motherboard, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Variety.
Done deals. Looks like the broadcast networks are finally wrapping up selling the bulk of their commercial inventory for the fall TV season. NBC had a good upfront but everyone else might be a little subdued over the July 4 weekend, especially Fox. Advertisers were a little more cautious about how they were spending money this time around. Upfront news from Variety, Los Angeles Times, and AdWeek.
Behind the headlines. The news that Diane Sawyer was stepping down as anchor of ABC's "World News Tonight" for David Muir came a little late to get full coverage from me Wednesday. So here is more on the moves and what George Stephanopoulos' new role says about the TV news game. Coverage from the Los Angeles Times, New York Times and Variety.
Sumner soap opera. A female companion of 91-year-old media mogul Sumner Redstone is in an ugly legal tussle with another young woman that made an impression on the chairman of Viacom and CBS, scoops the Hollywood Reporter. The battle includes accusations of theft and of a woman trying to control Redstone's life even to the point of forcing the removal of Carlos Martinez, a longtime assistant to the billionaire. Trust me, this one is worth clicking on.