The Morning Fix: Ticketmaster gets dynamic! Hoover gets mad at ABC. ‘Early Show’ not much on synergy.


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After the coffee. Before burning off matzo balls and gefilte fish.

The Skinny: Congratulations to the Los Angeles Times for winning two Pulitzer Prizes. We here at the Morning Fix will overlook being snubbed again and continue to provide you with headlines from around the media world.


Would you like a satellite dish with your DVD? Dish Network, the satellite broadcaster that earlier this month struck a deal to acquire the assets of fading movie-rental chain Blockbuster, will keep more than 500 of its stores open for business. However, the bulk of Blockbuster stores will continue to close. According to the Wall Street Journal, the chain currently has about 1,700 stores.

Upfront time again. The cable networks are already hawking their new fall lineups and programming plans to advertisers, and in a few weeks the broadcast networks will put on their dog-and-pony shows. Advertising Age offers a sneak peek of who is hot and who is not among the big guys. Good luck trying to find a reasonable hotel in New York.

Can the small survive? Independent movie theaters, already challenged by the multiplex at the mall, are now struggling to embrace technology. Many would like to convert to digital, but the cost of doing so is prohibitive. ‘Simply put, if you don’t make the decision to get on the digital train soon, you will be making the decision to get out of the business,’ National Assn. of Theater Owners President John Fithian recently said. The Los Angeles Times looks at the challenges facing the little guy struggling to go digital.

In defense of premium VOD. Warner Bros. big shots Jeff Robinov and Kevin Tsujihara talked with Variety about why they think offering consumers movies via video-on-demand just two months after their theatrical premieres won’t hurt theater owners. ‘Generally, movies play four to six weeks -- that’s when you get the majority of the collections,’ said Robinov. The theater owners are not happy.

Hate when that happens. CBS’s ’60 Minutes’ on Sunday aired a story challenging much of Greg Mortenson’s book ‘Three Cups of Tea.’ The piece has gotten a lot of attention, but not on the network’s own morning show, and that annoyed CBS News President David Rhodes. The New York Post has the scoop on Rhodes’ email to the show’s staff and other big shots at the network complaining about the lack of coverage and promotion of the ’60 Minutes’ piece.

That will teach them! Hoover, the vacuum cleaner company and big sponsor of soap operas, is so mad at ABC for cancelling ‘One Life to Live’ and ‘All My Children’ that it is pulling all its advertising from the network. The company is also launching a campaign to try to save the soaps. More about Hoover from the company’s Facebook page. Separately, Deadline Hollywood has a nifty back story on the demise of SoapNet -- the cable network launched several years ago to become a second home for the daytime serials and the various plans to rebrand it -- from a company insider.


Inside the Los Angeles Times: James Rainey on our Pulitzer winners. Ticketmaster is unveiling ‘dynamic pricing,’ which is a clever way to say if a concert is not selling out, they will lower the price. Now do something about secondary agencies gobbling up all the tickets before us normal folks can buy them.

-- Joe Flint

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