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FCC says no to Must-Carry


In a 4-to-1 vote, the FCC ruled that cable only “must-carry” one digital signal from each broadcast licensed station in their footprint.  This is being seen, rightly or wrongly, as a stunning defeat for the broadcasters and a serious win for the cable industry. “This is a major victory for consumers …” said exiting CEO […]


Does P2P mean Pirate to Pirate?


I was fortunate enough to attend a panel at Digital Hollywood’s 2005 Digital Media Summit featuring some of the most prominent players in the P2P (peer-to-peer) world. Just to set the stage, 99% of the attendees were in business suits or similar “serious” business attire – this was not a geekfest, the audience was made […]

Mel Karmazin

Mel Karmazin at 2005 Media Summit New York


The 2005 Media Summit New York started off with a bang yesterday morning as keynote speaker, Mel Karmazin, CEO Sirius Satellite Radio was interviewed by BusinessWeek Media Editor, Tom Lowry.   Always entertaining, Mel started off by throwing down the gauntlet to terrestrial radio – calling it a mature business with growth limited to GDP increases.  […]


RBOCs Will Pay Local Stations


Linda Moss of Multichannel News reports: “Regional phone companies planning video services will be forced to pay cash to carry local broadcast-TV stations — which will initially put them at a competitive disadvantage to cable, but will ultimately cause problems for MSOs, a Wall Street analyst said Monday.”   Add this to the upcoming FCC […]


Fox Rejects Miller Beer Ads for Super Bowl


The NY Times reports a dispute between the country’s two biggest beer brewers has a brand-new battlefield – the Super Bowl. Late last week, with football fans by the millions gearing up for the big game, Fox Broadcasting decided not to put on the air a Miller Brewing Company ad that poked fun at Anheuser-Busch’s […]

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