After the coffee. Before checking the All-Star game ratings.
The Skinny: That was a snooze of an All-Star game but it was interesting to see that AMC had bought an ad attacking satellite broadcaster Dish for dropping its channel that ran during the game. Speaking of dropped channels, Wednesday's headlines include the latest on the fight between Viacom and DirecTV, a look at DC Comics and a loss of confidence in TV news.
Daily Dose: Money is not the only thing keeping Viacom's cable channels off of DirecTV (see below). The satellite broadcaster also is not pleased Viacom continues to put lots of content from its channels online for free. The cable industry is trying to encourage programmers to limit online access to content to people who already have a pay-TV subscription.
Dark days with no Dark Knight? With "The Dark Knight Rises" serving as director/producer Christopher Nolan's farewell to Batman, Warner Bros. will need to find another super hero to makes its DC Comics brand a force. Warner Bros. had hoped Nolan wold produce "Justice League," which is in the works for 2015 but he passed. A look at the hits and misses of DC Comics and what's ahead from the Los Angeles Times and Variety.
No SpongeBob? Subscribers to DirecTV lost access to Viacom-owned cable channels including Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, VH1 and MTV late last night. The two sides are arguing over a new contract. DirecTV says Viacom is demanding an increase of $1 billion in subscription fees in its next deal. Viacom counters that DirecTV has been getting a bargain deal for the channels and its time to level the playing field. More on the feud from the Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal.