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What Now for Aereo ... and Its Viewers?

After Supreme Court ruling, streaming firm needs a plan B

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has ruled that Aereo's streaming service is illegal —but while execs earlier said there was no Plan B, at least some people at the company appear ready to reconsider, the Atlantic finds. Barry Diller, the year-old service's biggest investor, says "it's over... More »

Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo

And rules that police need a warrant to search your phone

(Newser) - The Supreme Court today delivered a major victory for broadcasters by ruling 6-3 that Aereo violated their copyright. Aereo uses thousands of TV antennas to stream content that's freely broadcast over the airwaves to users, who can also choose to record shows to watch later. The ruling may effectively... More »

Supreme Court Looks Befuddled on Aereo Case

Stephen Breyer referenced phonograph records

(Newser) - The Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday in ABC v. Aereo, a much-watched case that could have big implications for both cloud computing and broadcast television—implications the justices didn't seem comfortable with. Aereo allows users to record broadcast TV online and watch it at their leisure. The major... More »

Fox: Lawsuit Could Force Us to Go Subscription-Only

Suing Aereo for stealing its signal

(Newser) - Fox is in the midst of a lawsuit over rights to its over-the-air programming—and if it loses, its broadcast network could turn to a subscription model, News Corp's president says. At issue is a lawsuit against Aereo, which offers broadcast TV on digital devices, Mashable reports. "Aereo... More »

Fox News, CNN, MSNBC Shed 13.7% of Viewers

Every cable news channel sees drop-off for first time in 12 years

(Newser) - CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News all lost viewers last year for the first time in at least 12 years, a study finds. A Pew journalism group found a combined 13.7% drop in viewership, the largest decline of any news sector, and all three networks fell for the first time... More »

Parents Group to TV Shows: Stop Sexualizing Teen Girls

Parents Television Council Says Underage Girls Are Raunchy Punchlines

(Newser) - A parents' watchdog group says primetime TV shows are obsessed with turning teenage girls into sex objects, reports the Hollywood Reporter . "They can tone it down," says the president of the Parents Television Council. The group looked at the most popular shows on broadcast TV (cable got a... More »

ABC News Chief Stepping Down

David Westin leaving after 13 years

(Newser) - David Westin is stepping down after 13 years at the helm of ABC News. Westin—currently the longest-serving US network news chief—has told staffers the time is right for him to move on, and he'll be leaving before the end of the year, the Los Angeles Times reports. More »

What Killed the Soap Opera

Working women, reality TV, and 24-hour news, among other things

(Newser) - With the Sept. 17 finale of As the World Turns looming—and View clone The Talk ready to replace it—only six soap operas are still on the air. The genre is weak and possibly headed for extinction, largely because ad spending is in freefall. Advertising Age tries to figure... More »

Don't Expect to See Tiger's Every Move on ESPN

Augusta allows ESPN to carry tee-off, but rest will be bundled

(Newser) - Excitement for Tiger Woods’ comeback at the Masters next Thursday runs high—so fans and intrigued scandal watchers may be disappointed to hear that ESPN is taking the NBC Winter Olympics route and bundling coverage instead of showing Tiger's every move live. The exception is Woods’ first stroke, which will... More »

Let the Conan Backlash Begin

Face it, O'Brien's ratings weren't great

(Newser) - Conan O’Brien joins the ranks of the unemployed today, so the ousted Tonight Show host now has plenty of time to track the backlash and second-guessing about the TV shell game. Jay Leno remains the villain of the piece, but the hard truth is that O’Brien never drew... More »

Groundbreaking Monk Solves Final Case

Show legitimized basic cable, ushering in golden age

(Newser) - Viewers will get their last taste of quirky detective Adrian Monk tonight, as the revolutionary USA show that bears his name airs its last episode. The content was never particularly groundbreaking—“Monk is very old-school,” its creator tells the Los Angeles Times . “It's a real throwback”—... More »

What's Next for Oprah's Sidekicks

The big O's departure could upset a lot of apple carts

(Newser) - Oprah’s exit from broadcast TV could have big implications for the protégés and hangers-on who owe her their careers. The Chicago Sun-Times looks at what’s next for the denizens of Planet Oprah:
  • Gayle King: O, the Oprah Magazine should keep on trucking, so King, its editor-at-large,
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