November 13, 2013 |
Are local cable TV operators riding off into the sunset? Some folks think so -- and they have some new stats to back up their point. This week a pair of industry analysts claimed that the U.S. pay-TV business, once considered a veritable license to print money, just suffered its worst 12-month period in history, as The Times' Meg James reported . Cable operators lost nearly 700,000 subscribers during the third quarter of 2013 (Time Warner...
October 7, 2013 |
The fight over Aereo is moving to Utah. On Monday afternoon, Fox Broadcasting Co., Sinclair Broadcast Group and Local TV filed suit in federal court in Utah against Aereo, the start-up company that streams broadcast TV signals to consumers via the Internet. Broadcasters have already challenged Aereo on copyright violation in New York and Boston. This suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Utah, where Aereo recently launched its service, makes similar allegations. Aereo, whose financial backers include media mogul Barry Diller, provides access to broadcast TV signals via smartphones, tablets and Internet-friendly TVs. For a fee, Aereo subscribers get a tiny antenna that can pick up the signals of broadcasters.
July 1, 2013 |
Tribune Co. has agreed to purchase 19 television stations owned by Local TV Holdings in a $2.73-billion deal that is expected to make Tribune the largest television station group in the country. Tribune and Local TV Holdings said early Monday that they had entered into a definitive agreement for Tribune to acquire all of Local TV's television stations in a cash transaction. Local TV's stations are located in 16 markets, including Denver, Salt Lake City, Cleveland and Kansas City.
June 11, 2013 |
Actor Liev Schreiber and crew from the new Showtime drama "Ray Donovan" were filming at Union Station in downtown L.A. on Tuesday, joining a surge in local TV production this quarter. Production days for television shoots jumped 30% last week and are up 29% so far in the second quarter compared with the same time last year, according to a Los Angeles Times review of permit data from FilmL.A. Inc. Feature production activity also continues to rise, but at a slower pace. Feature production days (from April 1 through Sunday)
April 22, 2013 |
One of the challenges for local TV stations when it comes to putting their live feed online is making sure the signal doesn't travel beyond their home market. That's because the deals local TV stations make for much of the programming they carry come with restrictions on where that programming can appear. For example, a station carrying Ellen DeGeneres' show in Boston isn't allowed to put it on a platform on which someone in Philadelphia could watch it, undercutting the local Philly station that also has rights to the show.
March 6, 2013 |
Robert Kennedy was a young Bill Rosendahl's hope for the White House, but Kennedy's rival, Hubert Humphrey, practiced the "happy warrior" style of politics that represents the principles Rosendahl has embraced. As he leaves the Los Angeles City Council after two terms, his eight years in office (and a diagnosis of cancer, now in remission) have not extinguished Rosendahl's cheerfulness, but they have given his warrior side an instruction booklet. He's crusaded for gay rights, for better care for the homeless and his fellow veterans, for mass transit.