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
Daily Dose: TV station deals don't get the attention they once did, but
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
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
Done deals. Looks like the broadcast networks are finally wrapping up selling the bulk of their commercial inventory for the fall TV season.
Behind the headlines. The news that Diane Sawyer was stepping down as anchor of
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