Dish and Disney make peace! Justice Department no fan of Aereo.

The selfie was spontaneous, but the phone used to take it wasn't.
The selfie was spontaneous, but the phone used to take it wasn’t.
(Associated Press)

After the coffee. Before insert funny line here. Oops, did I really do that?

The Skinny: I caught some of the British version of “House of Cards last night and liked it. It felt more gritty and less glamorous than the Netflix version. Also finally watched “Zodiac,” which was really great. I know, you come here for news not my viewing habits. Well, we have some big news today. Dish and Disney struck a huge distribution deal and the Department of Justice is on the side of broadcasters in their fight against Aereo. Also, how a Samsung phone got all that wonderful publicity during the Oscars.

Daily Dose: Dish’s big deal with Disney (see below) also includes distribution for ESPN’s new SEC Network. That’s huge for ESPN as Dish is the first national distributor to sign to carry the channel, which carries college sports from the Southeastern Conference. That will likely put some pressure on DirecTV to strike a pact with the channel or risk losing subscribers as those SEC fans are pretty fanatical.

Hop on out of here. Walt Disney Co. and Dish Network have struck a wide-ranging distribution agreement that will also end litigation between the two companies over the satellite broadcaster’s commercial-skipping feature known as the AutoHop. The peace treaty was reached when Dish agreed to disable the AutoHop for three days after a show is broadcast on ABC. That is crucial because advertisers pay for viewers who watch a recorded show within the first three days of its airing. In return, Dish now has the ability to distribute Disney channels over the Internet should it decide to launch an over-the-top video service. The deal may set a template for other broadcasters with Dish. More on the agreement from the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal and Associated Press.


Weighing in. The Department of Justice is siding with broadcasters in their fight against Aereo, the start-up service that streams the signals of local television stations via the Internet. In a filing with the Supreme Court, which will hear arguments about Aereo next month, the DOJ said Aereo was violating the copyright of broadcasters and pushed for the high court to overrule a lower court ruling favoring the start-up. More on the filing from the Los Angeles Times, Time and Broadcasting and Cable.

Will Ellen DeGeneres get a cut from Samsung? You didn’t need to be a cynic to wonder if all those selfies that Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres took while hosting the Oscars Sunday were part of a product placement deal with Samsung. While the selfies were her idea, ABC was more than happy to hand her a Samsung phone to use since they were a sponsor of the show. Details on the selfie that broke Twitter from the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

Steering clear. It’s a World Cup summer, which hopefully means a return of the vuvuzela. It also presents a challenge for Hollywood studios and their overseas release schedule. After all, no point in putting a big action movie out in Europe or Latin America the same weekend as some big matches. The Hollywood Reporter looks at how the studios will try to work around soccer.

Not messing around. The FCC may look the other way on a lot of issues -- salty language on TV and radio, deals between broadcasters that push the envelope on ownership rules -- but they don’t kid around when it comes to that emergency broadcast system sound. The FCC fined cable networks owned by Disney, Viacom and Comcast because they carried an ad for the movie “Olympus Has Fallen” that included the emergency alert system tones and actually fooled some viewers. Details from Re/Code.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: John Horn looks for deeper meaning in “12 Years a Slave” getting the Oscar for best picture.

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