June 28, 2007 |
Broadcasters have sought sweeping rights from the sports leagues they cover to distribute game video wherever fans might watch -- on television, on the Internet or even on mobile phones. The leagues, which initially paid outsiders such as ESPN and CBS SportsLine to manage their websites, are now more protective of their digital assets, especially now that they are a source of advertising revenue.
June 28, 2007 |
Walt Disney Co.'s ABC and ESPN and Time Warner Inc.'s TNT agreed Wednesday to pay the National Basketball Assn. $7.4 billion over eight years for rights to televise its games and, in one of the first deals of its kind, stream action on the Internet and mobile devices. The deal, which begins in 2008 and runs through the 2015-16 season, works out to an average of about $930 million a year. That's a 22% increase over the $765-million average under the current agreement, industry sources said.
June 17, 2007 |
Is that all there is? Fortunately for the NBA, it isn't, even with TV ratings cratering for this joke of a Finals ... which you could see coming all season as Western powerhouses vied for the honor of walking over whichever 98-pound weakling made it out of the East.
June 8, 2007 |
Mexico's Supreme Court on Thursday struck down key provisions of a controversial media law crafted in large part by the nation's two dominant TV broadcasters. The court's action could help pry open Mexico's broadcasting market, one of the least competitive in Latin America outside of communist Cuba. And it could embolden Mexico's government to rein in other business titans that control key sectors of this nation's economy.
March 7, 2007 |
WASHINGTON -- Video killed the radio star, as the 1979 hit song goes, and now some fear an obscure group of federal copyright judges may be on the verge of killing Internet radio. In a ruling made public Tuesday, the Copyright Royalty Board significantly increased the royalties paid to musicians and record labels for streaming digital songs online. The decision also ended a discounted fee for small Internet broadcasters.
February 3, 2007 |
Red Sox Nation has spoken. A pending deal by Major League Baseball to put its Extra Innings pay package exclusively on DirecTV may have to be put on hold now, buffeted by an uprising involving baseball's most ardent fans, spearheaded by those who live and die with the Boston Red Sox. MLB expected to announce the deal as early as next week, but that was less certain after Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) on Thursday asked the Federal Communications Commission to investigate the matter.
October 18, 2006 |
Nearly 30 years ago, Ted Turner stirred things up by televising his Atlanta Braves throughout the nation on cable "superstation" WTBS -- without baseball's approval. Turner Broadcasting and Major League Baseball have a considerably better relationship now. In a seven-year deal worth as much as $350 million, the company's TBS network on Tuesday won the rights to televise a league championship series, beginning next season -- the first cable network to do so.
September 6, 2006 |
The "CBS Evening News With Katie Couric" had been promising computer users for weeks that they could tune in to live simulcasts of the show over the Internet. As it turned out, "live" is in the eye of the beholder. Yes, the broadcast was indeed transmitted over the Internet, but it was not live for those outside Eastern Daylight Time. Agreements with local affiliates prevented broadcast of the news program before it aired on local stations.
August 29, 2006 |
Satellite TV provider EchoStar Communications Corp. said Monday that it had reached a $100-million settlement with affiliates of three major networks over distant-programming service but was unable to resolve differences with Fox Network. The agreement could end a nine-year lawsuit over the Dish Network operator's practice of selling programming from ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox stations to subscribers who live in a different city. A judge in Florida must still approve it.
August 12, 2006 |
The launching this week of a video-on-demand channel by the Dodgers and Time Warner Cable has triggered a dispute between the team and Major League Baseball. In question is: Did the Dodgers have the right to establish such a channel with a cable company? According to an e-mail sent to all major league clubs Friday by Bob DuPuy, chief operating officer of Major League Baseball, they did not.