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Wiremania (Oct 31, 2014)
Possible Reprieve for Back-Door FM Stations on TV Ch. 6. There are approximately 18 low-power TV stations posing as radio in the US. They are stations that broadcast on channel 6. And because low-power stations are still permitted to transmit in analog, that means their audio can be received at the very low end of the FM dial, around 87.7 MHz.
FCC officially proposes pay-TV status for linear OTT services. The FCC has circulated a memo through its Media Bureau, formally proposing that linear over-the-top services like Aereo be considered multichannel video program distributors, with accompanying rights to retransmission consent licensing agreements.
Non-Linear Video Keeps Lead Over Linear TV In Broadband Homes. Study: Average U.S. Home Watches 17.4 Hours Of Non-Linear Video Per Week.
Concern for pay-TV's sports lynchpin? World Series craters to record-low 12.1M viewers. Blame it on a post-steroid era featuring minimal offense, or the inclusion of the small-market Kansas City Royals ... or too much competition from the NFL. Whatever you attribute to this past week's awful World Series TV ratings, they're a concern to a pay-TV industry that's festooned together right now by sports program licensing rights.
Football Barely Covering the Spread for CBS. Analyst sees more 'Thursday Night' NFL for network, but lowers earnings estimates
MLB World Series 2014All games on FOX at 5:07pm
Tue Oct 21: Game 1: San Francisco Giants @ Kansas City Royals, FOX, Giants 7, Royals 1, Royals lead series 1-0
Citybeat Best of Media Poll (Oct 29, 2014)Best Radio Personality
Honorable Mentions: Geena the Latina (Ch 933), Hilary (FM 94/9), Chris Cantore (KPRI), AJ (Energy 103.7)
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Wiremania (Oct 28, 2014)
Aereo barred from retransmitting broadcast TV. A judge grants broadcasters' request for a temporary injunction against the embattled video streaming service, which has sought to reclassify itself as a cable provider. A federal judge in New York has granted broadcasters’ request for a nationwide preliminary injunction against Aereo enjoining the company from “streaming, transmitting, retransmitting” any copyrighted programming while it is still being broadcast. In doing so, the judge rejected Aereo’s argument that it was entitled to be treated like a cable system based on comments from Supreme Court Justices. Why This Matters: While this might seem to be the end of line for Aereo, which offered an $8-a-month service that streamed over-the-air shows to people's computers and mobile devices, the ruling left the door open for the company to operate as a remote, time-shifted DVR service.
Broadcast retrans fee growth on pace to hit $9.3B by 2020. The pace of broadcast retransmission fee growth is quickening, SNL Kagan reports, with new projections putting the total retrans nut at $9.3 billion by 2020.
CSN Houston Faces Closing Chap. 11 Arguments on Oct. 28. DirecTV/AT&T Could Assume Control of NBC Sports-Operated RSN.
Wiremania (Oct 24, 2014)
Rick Roberts goes on anti-Islam rant. Muslims should be banned from coming to U.S., he says.
Chargers QB put $1M toward Immaculate Heart's purchase of KCEO. John Lynch was a Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker before getting into radio management and launching San Diego’s first sports and modern rock stations (Mighty 690 and 91X). After selling the Padres for a reported $800 million, John Moores bought and still owns controlling interest of Broadcast Company of Americas (Mighty 1090, Max 105.7). Helix High’s Bruce Walton (Bill’s brother) played for the Dallas Cowboys before becoming the general manager of pop-jazz KIFM in the ‘90s.
USS Halloran. Mike Halloran, the DJ who has always said he cared more about the music he played than the business of radio, and who has outlasted all of the corporate radio cogs who have fired him over the years, is back in the saddle as the program director of 91X. As PD, Halloran can now decide which DJs and artists are heard.
Multichannel News: AMC Networks Buys 49.9% of BBC America for $200M. AMC Networks, about a year after spending $1 billion to crack the European market with its acquisition of Chellomedia, said it will shell out $200 million for a 49.9% interest in BBC America and enter into a partnership with the network’s parent, BBC Worldwide. The transaction will give AMC Networks operational control of BBCA, including affiliate and advertising sales.
Suddenlink adds another non-Viacom network, Sony Movie Channel. Suddenlink Communications announced that it is adding the Sony Movie Channel to its lineup, the latest new addition after dropping Viacom-owned networks in a dispute over license fees. Why This Matters: Suddenlink dropped 24 Viacom channels on Sept. 30, including Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, MTV and VH1. The company seems to have no intentions of adding them back to the lineup. Since then, Suddenlink has been busy filling the space with such services as Comedy.TV, Revolt TV, RLTV, The Blaze, UP and Aspire.
Ergen 'digging his heels' in on 'now expendable' CNN, report says. On Tuesday, Dish blacked out CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and half-a-dozen other Turner Networks channels. Dish's deals for flagship Turner networks TNT and TBS also expire soon.
CBS News Streaming-Video Service Is Nearing Launch. CBS News is in the final stages of developing its 24-hour digital news channel, called CBSN. An exact launch date for the network has not yet been set, but according to reports, the company plans to launch by Election Day, Nov. 4. Why This Matters: CBSN will follow the launch of CBS All Access, a paid subscription service that lets users watch CBS programming on any device for a monthly fee of $5.99. It is not clear whether CBSN will be incorporated into that service when it launches, but it will be available for free to consumers via CBSNews.com, and via apps for mobile devices.
Take That, Kaiser, Anthem Blue Cross, and Blue Shield! This Bud's For You! Free Publicity For Yes on 45!
Wiremania (Oct 22, 2014)
AM radio taught us to use our imaginations. Opening paragraph: Where do you turn today for news, if not a newspaper? Perhaps to one of the cable stations where news can be seen close to 24 hours a day. If your desire is for music, your iPod or computer is the most likely place to satisfy your desire for your favorite songs.
Showtime Narrowing Focus on OTT Video Service. With HBO announcing plans to launch a domestic standalone streaming service in 2015, Showtime appears to be readying its own over-the-top video service.
Dish 'Primetime Anytime' doesn't infringe on broadcasters, judge tentatively rules. A federal judge has issued a key tentative decision in favor of Dish Network in its court battle with Fox, ruling that the pay-TV operator's "Primetime Anytime" DVR feature does not infringe on the programmer's copyright.
'Doomed before it starts': HBO's OTT service to run at a pricey $15 a month, report says. October 20, 2014. HBO's new streaming service will be priced at around $15 per month, an uncompetitive $6 higher than Netflix's most common $8.99 plan. This is according to a Monday report in The Information, which cites an unnamed source said to be familiar with the HBO service's development.
CBS's Streaming Service Not Likely to Equal ‘Real Business,’ Expert Says. CBS's new digital subscription video-on-demand service CBS All Access, which the company launched Thursday, isn't likely to generate a financial windfall for CBS — but it could still prove valuable for the network and consumers. At least, that's the view of streaming and online video expert Dan Rayburn, executive vice president of StreamingMedia.com.
Dish loses 7 channels in contract dispute with Turner Broadcasting. Dish's 14 million customers lose access to CNN, Turner Classic Movies and a handful of others as companies fail to negotiate new distribution deal. Other channels removed from Dish include Boomerang, Cartoon Network, CNN en Espanol, Headline News, and truTV.
Running the numbers on a la carte vs. pay-TV. Fresh off last week's big a la carte programming announcements from HBO and CBS, gleeful cord cutters are crunching the numbers, adding up the monthly bills on the SVOD series they'll need to once and for all ditch that dreaded cable bill. As TV News Check shows, you can cobble quite a few of these services together and still come out way ahead in terms of the average monthly pay-TV bill.
Postseason Vanishing From Broadcast Networks. What has happened in the past 34 years is familiar: Prime-time viewing has eroded on broadcast television for virtually everything but the N.F.L. as the thousand-channel cable universe has lured viewers with options that were unimaginable when the journey around the TV dial involved only three networks and a few local, independent stations.
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Wiremania (Oct 17, 2014)
Chris Merrill Joining KFYI/Phoenix For Afternoons. iHEARTMEDIA News-Talk KOGO-A/SAN DIEGO host CHRIS MERRILL, who was this week announced to be moving from mornings to evenings on the station, is moving to sister News-Talk KFYI-A/PHOENIX for afternoons, filling the gap left by MIKE BROOMHEAD's move to mornings to replace the retiring BARRY YOUNG. MERRILL will join KFYI on NOVEMBER 10th.
Sirius XM loses second pre-1972 court judgment. Opening paragraph: The question of copyright eligibility for pre-1972 recordings inched a little more in favor of artists this week. On Tuesday, Judge Mary Strobel made a pre-trial ruling in favor of record labels in their case against Sirius XM. The decision grants a plaintiff request for a certain jury instruction, that California law allows regulation of ownership rights of pre-1972 recordings.
CBS to Launch SVOD ‘All Access’ Service with Current and Classic Programs. A day after HBO announced its plan to launch an OTT service next year, CBS announced that it will launch its own online subscription service for $5.99 per month will give subscribers access to live and on-demand programming from its network and local TV stations. Why This Matters: The development suggests an avalanche of television networks and studios moving quickly to announce online apps and services. It’s a sign that the content business is suddenly racing into the broadband space.
Aereo set to appear back in court as report surfaces that investors aren't done. Broadcasters argued yesterday before U.S. District Court Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan that online video distributor Aereo should be prohibited from offering its real-time streams as well as its remote DVR service. Why This Matters: While it's impossible to predict how Nathan will rule, there's at least a chance that she'll split the difference and allow Aereo to offer its remote DVR service, which enables subscribers to record over-the-air television shows and watch them later.
Comcast clears way for CSN Houston sale, will not appeal valuation. Comcast has decided not to appeal a ruling by a bankruptcy judge on the valuation of regional sports network CSN Houston, clearing the sale of the network to DirecTV and AT&T.
MLB Conference Series 2014AL:
Since #1 seed Angels got knocked out of the playoffs, the Orioles have the home field advantage for this series.
Fri Oct 10: Game 1: Royals (4) @ Orioles (2), 5:00pm, TBS, Royals 8, Orioles 6, 10 innings, Royals leads series 1-0
Sat Oct 11: Game 1: Giants (5) @ Cardinals (3), 5:00pm, FOX, Giants 3, Cardinals 0, Giants lead series 1-0
Proposition 45. Good or Bad for Consumers? Daniel Abrams, PresidentSorry, Kaiser, but I'm giving the folks at California's Proposition 45 some free plugs here.
From Insuresaver: The Consumer Watchdog advocacy group is standing strong behind Proposition 45, a ballot measure that would give California's insurance commissioner the right to veto any health insurance rates hikes deemed to be excessive. 35 States have already implemented similar measures, and soon California will have to decide whether or not to join in. However, insurance carriers as well as Covered California feel that this measure would "...end up hurting Californians," per Covered California board member Susan Kennedy. "It will damage health care reform, perhaps permanently, perhaps fatally, in California and I think perhaps nationally." Both Democrats and Republicans have equally expressed concern with Prop 45. Per a recent poll:Republicans claim Prop. 45 gives insurance commissioner Dave Jones carte blancheDemocrats fear that Prop. 45 would threaten the successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act.For instance, Covered California could negotiate with a certain plan to serve a community -- but under Prop. 45, the insurance commissioner could change the terms of that arrangement at the last minute, with implications for both consumers and health providers. It is feared it would ultimately affect the insurer's decision to remain in California. Proponents of the measure suggest that there's a track record of California's insurers raising rates despite objections. In the past four years, insurers have proceeded with at least 14 rate hikes that were deemed unreasonable by California regulators. Covered California's current structure allows insurers too much negotiating leverage. According to Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, "When your bargaining partner controls 93% of the market, you don't have the bargaining power to get better rates."
Chargers on the AirBYE: WEEK 10
2014 REGULAR SEASON
Mon Sep 8, 7:20pm, at Cardinals, ESPN
Sun Sep 14: 1:05pm, vs Seahawks, FOX
Sun Sep 21: 10am, at Bills, CBS
Sun Sep 28, 1:05pm, vs Jaguars, CBS
Sun Oct 5: 1:25pm, vs. Jets, CBS
Sun Oct 12: 1:05pm at Raiders, CBS
Sun Oct 19: 1:05pm vs Chiefs, CBS
Thu Oct 23: 5:25pm at Broncos, CBS
Sun Nov 2: 10am at Dolphins, CBS
Sun Nov 16: 1:05pm vs Raiders, CBS
Sun Nov 23: 1:05pm vs Rams, FOX
Sun Nov 30: 10am at Ravens, CBS
Sun Dec 7: 5:30pm vs Patriots, NBC
Sun Dec 14: 1:05pm vs Broncos, CBS
Sat Dec 20: 1:30pm at 49ers, CBS
Sun Dec 28, 10am at Chiefs, CBS
Aircheck: The Story of Top 40 Radio in San DiegoAircheck: The Story of Top 40 Radio in San Diego
David Leonard / Paperback
"...the whole story; beginning, middle, and end of Top 40's radio heyday in America's finest city..." --Rich Brother Robbin, 2004
I don't believe the history of San Diego radio has been chronicled before like this...it's absolutely fascinating." --Gene Knight, 2004
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