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Rebekah Brooks pleads not guilty! Keith Olbermann coming back.

June 05, 2013|By Joe Flint

After the coffee. Before yelling at someone.

The Skinny: Sorry we're a little late this morning. Technical difficulties were the issue and punishment will be delivered. Wednesday's roundup includes the return of Keith Olbermann to television and a profile of Univision's Jorge Ramos. If you are interested in receiving an email alert when the Morning Fix is live please send me a note.

Daily Dose: DirecTV is the latest pay-TV distribution to get into the home security game. The satellite broadcaster has bought LifeShield, a home security company. Other pay-TV companies, including Comcast and Time Warner Cable, have also made big pushes into home security. Since the market has only 20% penetration and these companies already have relationships with homeowners, it is seen as a natural fit. However, ADT is the dominant force in the business with more than 25% of the market.

Firing blanks. Quentin Tarantino's violence-filled "Django Unchained" flopped in China. The movie, which was pulled from theaters there and edited after it premiered, has taken in only $2.75 million in the world's second-largest market. The Sony movie has made $424 million worldwide. "Django Unchained" was Tarantino's first movie to be released in China. Some wonder if the cuts turned off audiences. Here's another crazy thought. Maybe they just didn't like the film. It's possible. More on the "Django Unchained's" China syndrome from the Los Angeles Times.

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Tell it to the judge. Rebekah Brooks, the former head of News Corp.'s British tabloids, has pleaded not guilty to hacking phones and bribing officials for stories. The phone hacking scandal led News Corp. to close its News of the World paper and tore through the company's British operations, humiliated News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch and led to the resignation of several top executives, including Brooks. The latest from The Guardian

Big game on a really small screen. Verizon renewed its deal to stream NFL games to its phone customers at a price of $1 billion over four years. The agreement covers only phones and not tablet devices. One reason is that the broadcast and cable channels that have the rights want to make sure that the screens people will be watching the games on are pretty small and unlikely to become any fan's first choice over the big screen. More on the deal from the Wall Street Journal and Sports Business Journal.

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He's baaack! Keith Olbermann, who goes through networks the way most people go through socks, is returning to his sports roots. Olbermann has signed with Turner Broadcasting to host its postgame baseball coverage this fall. This marks Olbermann's first gig since his infamous exit from CurrenTV. Details from the Hollywood Reporter.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: Univision's Jorge Ramos has become a force on the immigration debate. Randy Lewis on John Mellencamp's latest CD.

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