Morning Fix: Chelsea Handler to Netflix! Aereo awaits Supreme Court ruling

Netflix better have a stocked green room for Chelsea Handler.
Netflix better have a stocked green room for Chelsea Handler.
(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

After the coffee. Before getting my own Netflix show.

The Skinny: Let’s see, Wednesday I started working at 5:30 a.m. and finished after 10 p.m. I know, cry me a river. But hey, the work is worth it because it’s all for you! Thursday’s roundup includes Chelsea Handler’s decision to take her talents (and vodka) to Netflix. Also, a preview of what might happen if Aereo wins at the Supreme Court.

Daily Dose: As Aereo waits for the Supreme Court to decide its fate (see below), one option it won’t consider should it lose is paying broadcasters to carry their signals. Although Fortune suggested Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia was open to the idea, that is not the case, according to Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker, who had lunch with the executive this week. “We were specifically told that Chet’s commentary was taken out of context,” she said in a report.


Hope the green room is stocked. Chelsea Handler is taking her Grey Goose to Netflix. The host of E!’s “Chelsea Lately” has struck a deal with the online streaming service for a new talk show that will debut in 2016. Details about the show are sparse. Netflix won’t even say whether the show will be daily or weekly or if they’ll just record 200 episodes and release them all at once. Handler will also make comedy specials for Netflix starting later this year. More on the deal from the Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter.
What happens next? The Supreme Court is expected to decide the fate of Aereo -- the startup that streams the signals of local broadcast signals -- as early as Thursday. If Aereo, which is in 11 markets, loses its fight with broadcasters, it probably goes away. But if it wins, the fight will likely move to Capitol Hill and the Federal Communications Commission. The Los Angeles Times looks at the various scenarios of an Aereo win.

Breaking news. CNN has been trying for some time to broaden its programming beyond a reliance on breaking news. Its new marketing campaign even makes the network seem more about travel than news. The reasons are obvious. When there isn’t a hot story, CNN struggles to compete in prime time with the commentary-filled Fox News and MSNBC. But some advertisers are pushing back against the rate increases CNN is pushing for in this year’s upfront. Although CNN trails Fox News and MSNBC, advertisers pay a premium to reach its viewers. More from Variety.

Play nice. Google’s YouTube wants to start its own music streaming service but some independent music labels are balking at the terms being pitched. The American Assn. of Independent Music has even written the Federal Trade Commission to complain. The Wall Street Journal says that Google is threatening to block content from the labels that are reluctant to sign deals.

New look. Comcast has gotten the green light to put its logo along with an NBC peacock on top of 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York. The sign will replace the GE logo that has graced the building for years. Comcast now owns the building, so why not? Details from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: German media giant ProSiebenSat.1 Group is launching a digital platform via YouTube in the United States.

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