• Just wondering ... what's today's new scandal?
• Price war on the horizon? Or does Dish
have too many iPads?
's Wi-Fi bet was a good one ... revenue doubled.
• Does all the M&A activity in broadcasting have anything to do with spectrum?
• Love the controversy around Arizona Senator John McCain'
s attempts to change the media eco-system ... ain't gonna fly, but consumers might just eventually drag the MVPDs into reluctantly embracing a la carte
of some sort. ––– Meanwhile, here's what I got for only skimming the bill's particulars from Phil Hochberg
: "Your analysis of the sports provision of the McCain bill is simply incorrect. It would not bar blackouts in publicly financed stadia. Rather, it would do away with FCC
regulations that prohibit cable and satellite from importing distant signals when the game is not shown locally. For example, it would allow a Miami cable system or a satellite carrier serving Miami to import the Miami-Denver game shown in Ft. Myers (but blacked out on Miami o-t-a), but, at the same time, would not mandate that a Miami o-t-a could carry the game." Mea culpa
; and thanks.
• More McCain + Congress
: (1) The real points here are that some Congressfolk are paying attention to the industry's pricing in a way that only causes hassles. (2) At the same time, the fissure between MVPDs and programmers will continue widening. (3) Broadcaster threats to "go cable" are sure to get stopped by spectrum reclamation threats. And, (4) Congressfolk love a populist issue ... here's part of why (from Silicon Alley Insider
• Interesting that MVPDs are said to be considering investments in the OTT programmer Hulu
• A 5.6 million share Starz
validation: Warren Buffet
is now an investor.
• Kudos: To MFM-BCCA
's Mary Collins
as the association meets in New Orleans this week celebrating her 10 years in charge ... she essentially remade the group and made it strong.•