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March 5, 2014 2:38 PM Disney-Dish Network pact may alter TV viewing habits

The new distribution agreement, expected to become a blueprint on how the television industry treats digital programming rights, allows for a new wireless TV service. Walt Disney Co. and satellite TV provider Dish Network's sweeping new agreement could lead to changes in the way consumers watch television. The comprehensive distribution deal, announced 56

March 1, 2014 1:26 AM BLOGS OF THE DAY: Noah tries to pacify religious groups

In a gesture of goodwill toward religious groups, Paramount has agreed to alter the marketing materials for its upcoming Biblical epic Noah to make clear that it is a creative rather than a literal adaptation of The Bible story, The Hollywood Reporter said. The move comes after an appeal from Jerry A. Johnson, President and CEO of The National Religious 48

February 25, 2014 5:43 PM TV ratings: NBC scores with 'Voice' premiere, 'Blacklist' return

With the Olympics now over, "The Voice" and "The Blacklist" returned Monday, propelling NBC to a nightly win. The "Voice's" sixth season premiere was down slightly from last year's season opener in the key demographic, though it had a bigger audience overall. Among advertiser-desired 18- to 49-year-olds, the show garnered a rating of 4.7, losing about 45

February 19, 2014 10:39 PM Utah district court is first to temporarily shut down Aereo

The District Court of Utah granted a preliminary injunction against Aereo, which previously had skirted being shut down in other lawsuits against it filed by broadcasters. A U.S. court has granted the first preliminary injunction against Aereo in a patchwork of lawsuits against the company, handing broadcasters their first clear win ahead of a Supreme 54

February 19, 2014 3:14 PM Wis. court releases thousands of Walker aide docs

The documents include 27,000 pages of emails Kelly Rindfleisch sent while working for Walker as his deputy chief of staff when he was Milwaukee County executive in 2010. Rindfleisch was convicted in 2012 of misconduct in office, a felony, for doing campaign work for Republican lieutenant governor candidate Brett Davis on government time. She was sentenced 50

February 12, 2014 3:38 PM Charter plots next move. Gerwig lands plum role. Costas on DL.

The Skinny: I feel bad that I haven't been watching any of the Winter Olympics. Of course, I don't feel so bad that I'll tune in Wednesday night. Wednesday's headlines include Charter's latest assault on Time Warner Cable. Also, Warner Bros. makes a big TV deal. Daily Dose: The cable industry would like the Federal Communications Commission to intervene 37

February 9, 2014 8:57 PM Documentaries and doc events at the Berlinale

The Berlinale takes documentaries seriously. This is not only reflected by the fact that this year no fewer than 64 docs are screening in the various festival programmes, but also in the wide range of workshops, panels and presentations that are taking place in Berlin right now. The Berlin International Film Festival has long been committed to documentaries 74

February 7, 2014 12:57 AM Review: NBC Olympics online deserves silver medal

NBC has extended that to the Sochi games, which began Thursday. Every sport is available live at NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports Live Extra apps for Apple, Android and Windows Phone devices — the Windows version just arrived Tuesday. By contrast, during the previous Winter Games, NBC largely limited live video to curling and ice hockey. On Thursday 5314

February 4, 2014 8:02 AM NBC Winter Olympics to put Windows Azure to the test

It’s not just the skiers, skaters and biathletes out to prove themselves at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Microsoft is betting that Windows Azure Media Services will also prove its mettle (medal?) at the games which kick off this week. Olympics broadcaster NBC Sports has used Windows Azure for previous events, but this time out the heavy-duty video 817

January 10, 2014 8:00 PM Court to hear TV network challenge to streaming startup

Outcome could have major influence on future of broadcast, cable and Internet streaming services WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court agreed Friday to consider an effort by network television broadcasters to stop a TV-streaming startup from peddling live shows over the Internet. The challenge, being waged by ABC, NBC,CBS, FOX, Disney and others, thrusts Barry 62