January 24, 2014 |
Will they be chanting "Omaha, Omaha" in Nicosia? Fox International Channels plans to air Super Bowl XLVIII, between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks, live on its Fox Sports and Fox television channels in the Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia and Cyprus. This year marks the first time that Fox will present a live broadcast of the Super Bowl in Europe with its U.S. feed, featuring play-by-play announcer Joe Buck and former NFL quarterback and sports analyst Troy Aikman.
January 19, 2014 |
The big television networks have faced all number of challenges in recent years. But they could be done in by something called Aereo. Most people probably haven't heard of Aereo, which has been rolling out its video service for just over a year and still serves only 10 cities, none further west than Salt Lake. But millions will be hearing about it now, because on Jan. 10, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the broadcasters' complaints that Aereo's business dramatically breaches telecommunications and copyright law. The New York start-up offers its subscribers signals from their local over-the-air broadcasters in a way that is either a minor tweak of how they can get those signals on their own (that's Aereo's version)
January 13, 2014 |
Joe Morgan never retired from baseball. He just stopped playing in games. He is 70, going on 45. What we remember - the left-handed batter swatting hits as easily as we swat flies - remains the essence of who he is and what he will always be. He played in the majors from 1963 through 1984. Then he went immediately into a broadcasting career that bounced from his beloved Cincinnati Reds to stints with the San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, ABC and, most prominently, ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball.
January 11, 2014 |
The U.S. Supreme Court could settle the fate of a new technology company that television broadcasters fear would destroy their business. On Friday, the high court said it would hear arguments that Aereo Inc., a start-up firm, violates copyright law by enabling its customers to stream local television stations over the Internet and that it should be shut down. The major media companies seeking the court's review include CBS Corp., 21st Century Fox, Walt Disney Co. and Comcast Corp. FACES TO WATCH 2014: Digital media Launched in 2012 and backed by media mogul Barry Diller, Aereo is currently available in 10 cities, including New York, where it is based.
January 10, 2014 |
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal from the nation's television broadcasters and decide whether to shut down a new streaming service that sends shows to consumers via the Internet for a monthly fee. Aereo, a Brooklyn-based start-up distributor, uses small antennas to pick up over-the-air TV signals and allows a consumer to store them for later viewing. The company says its service is entirely legal since it uses the signals that a homeowner with an old-fashioned antenna could pick up as well.
January 9, 2014 |
Aereo founder and Chief Executive Chet Kanojia has a message to the broadcasters trying to shut his service down: Let's be friends. Speaking at the Citi 2014 Global Internet, Media and Telecommunications conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Kanojia tried to make the case that Aereo, which distributes the over-the-air signals of local TV stations to consumers via the Internet, is a blessing rather than a threat to big media. "I think Aereo is excellent for broadcasters and will continue to add value to them," he said.
January 9, 2014 |
It's official. No, it's not. Well, kinda. Hey, just check back. The Dodgers are launching their own sports network on Time Warner Cable this year, but the actual date of the debut of SportsNet LA has yet to be announced. I mean, like on a press release. But when John Hartung signed off at KABC to join the Dodgers, Hartung said he'd see viewers next on Feb. 25 over at Time Warner. Then came this: The Daily News' Tom Hoffarth took this photo of a billboard off the 405 freeway in Culver City featuring Yasiel Puig that plainly announced the new network would start Feb. 25. A few hours later, the billboard was covered up. Seems it was a tad hasty and the team was not ready to “officially” announce the estimated $7.5 billion launch.
January 7, 2014 |
Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has joined Spanish-language broadcaster Estrella TV as a senior advisor to help the 4-year-old television network gain traction. The network, based in Burbank, is banking on Villaraigosa to give it greater visibility and pull in additional advertising dollars to better compete with established giants, including Univision Communications and NBCUniversal's Telemundo. Estrella TV becomes the latest employer of Villaraigosa since he departed City Hall last summer.
January 7, 2014 |
Aereo, the start-up company that transmits local broadcast television signals via the Internet, said it has raised $34 million in a new round of financing that it will use to expand its service, which is currently available in 10 cities. Among Aereo's new backers is Gordy Crawford, a well-known figure in media circles who retired last year from Capital Research and Management, where he oversaw the firm's entertainment and media investments for decades. Crawford is very close to media mogul Barry Diller, whose company IAC is a key investor in Aereo.
January 2, 2014 |
The injured, flagging Lakers have been pulled for yet another nationally televised game. On Thursday, the NBA announced the Lakers' visit to Chicago on Jan. 20, to play the Derrick Rose-less Bulls, will no longer be aired on TNT. Instead, Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets, hosting the Portland Trail Blazers, will be broadcast nationally. The Lakers have been decimated by injury. Kobe Bryant (knee), Steve Nash (back), Steve Blake (elbow) and Jordan Farmar (hamstring) probably won't be back in time for the Bulls.