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Hulu Plus Picks Up Streaming Rights To WGN Drama ‘Manhattan’
By The Deadline.com - Jul. 28, 2014

Hulu’s subscription service Hulu Plus has bought exclusive VOD rights to stream online episodes of WGN America‘s new historical drama Manhattan, the companies announced the morning after the show’s debut. Under the deal, new episodes of the show will unspool each Monday after their initial Sunday airing on WGN until all 13 have played. The five most recent episodes will be available for free on Hulu’s basic service, after a three-day delay.

Hulu touted the deal in a release as the first time it has secured SVOD rights on a show before a single episode has aired. Manhattan is set in WWII in the Manhattan Project in New Mexico’s desert, where the federal government set up a secret project to research the first atomic weapons, and the surrounding and equally secret community set up to support the work. The show is being produced by Tribune Studios, Lionsgate and Skydance Television. Manhattan was created and written by Sam Shaw (Masters of Sex) and directed by Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing). Executive producers are Shaw, Schlamme, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Marcy Ross and Dustin Thomason.

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Need More Sarah Palin? Right-Wing Firebrand Launches Online TV Channel
By Sharon Waxman, TheWrap.com - Jul. 28, 2014

Can't get enough Sarah Palin? That's a thing of the past. The right-wing firebrand on Sunday launched her own online video channel at SarahPalinChannel.com, part of a new, subscription-based platform called TAPP founded by two prominent former TV executives.

The paid-subscription channel will include videos and “commentary on important issues facing the nation” by the former vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor, according to the news release. Palin will serve as executive editor and, of course, chief talent.

“Additionally, the channel offers subscribers a behind-the-scenes look into Governor Sarah Palin's personal life as mother, grandmother, wife and neighbor,” the release contiues. “Channel members will also have the ability to post their own videos, send questions to the Governor and participate in online video chats, where they can talk directly with her and other subscribers.”

The channel follows the successful model of right-wing talker Glenn Beck. TAPP founders former NBC chairman Jeff Gaspin and former CNN president Jon Klein announced the launch.

Membership to the channel will cost $9.95 per month, or just $99.95 for a full year.

Steve Arterburn's New Life TV (https://tv.newlife.com), hosted by the popular relationship counselor and radio host launched earlier this year and has been profitable in less than four months, according to TAPP.

“Subscription video is taking off,” said Gaspin, who serves as TAPP's chairman. “Audiences are clearly open to paying for premium access to deeper dive content they love.”

Investors in TAPP include Discovery Communications, as well as individuals including investment bankers Ken Moelis and Peter Ezersky. They were recently joined by Luminari Capital, a Silicon Valley venture fund founded by Daniel Leff to invest in disruption and innovation in the digital video ecosystem.

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FCC should help reach deal to end Dodgers TV standoff, lawmakers say
By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times' 'Company Town' Blog - Jul. 28, 2014

A group of Southern California lawmakers wants the Federal Communications Commission to broker a deal to end the bitter standoff between Time Warner Cable and other pay-TV providers over distribution of SportsNet LA, the new channel that is home to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Launched this year, SportsNet LA is not available in the majority of pay-TV homes in the Los Angeles market. Time Warner Cable secured rights to distribute the Dodgers-owned channel in a 25-year deal worth $8.35 billion, according to a valuation by the Dodgers and Major League Baseball.

Time Warner Cable has been unable to land carriage agreements with other distributors serving the market including DirecTV, Cox Communications, Charter Communications and Verizon FiOS. Only Time Warner Cable subscribers have access to the channel which means about 70% of the market has been unable to see Dodger games on TV except for the handful that have been nationally televised on Fox and ESPN.

At issue is the price Time Warner Cable is seeking to carry the channel. According to people familiar with the talks, Time Warner Cable wants more than $4 a month per subscriber in the first year with the price rising steadily through the life of the deal. Distributors including DirecTV have said they want flexibility to offer the channel only to subscribers who want it and not all subscribers.

Now seven members of Congress led by Rep. Tony Cárdenas are calling on the FCC to mediate an agreement between Time Warner Cable and distributors.

"Consumers deserve the opportunity to watch their program of choice," Cárdenas wrote to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. "The ongoing stalemate between Time Warner Cable and other pay-TV providers has reached a point where mediation by the FCC is necessary."

Co-signing the letter with Cárdenas were Democratic House members Lucille Roybal-Allard, Judy Chu, Alan Lowenthal, Linda Sanchez, Janice Hahn and Julia Brownley.

In the letter, Cárdenas wrote that there are "concerns that the current dispute may set a precedent for vertically integrated companies to hold the consumer hostage to assert unfair market dominance." The FCC, the letter said, "must ensure that we have a competitive market and no one company has an unfair advantage at the expense of consumers."

In an interview, Cárdenas said the lawmakers are asking the FCC to get involved in because this dispute is "tremendous." He said he has heard from constituents who "can't watch their favorite team and they're bummed."

Traditionally, the FCC has been reluctant to get involved in disputes between programmers and distributors, preferring to let the companies resolve their decisions in private. An FCC spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.

The FCC is in the process of reviewing Comcast's proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable for more than $40 billion. One of the concerns raised by the merger is that it will give Comcast more leverage in selling content it owns to rival distributors.

"There is a lot more control by fewer companies," Cárdenas said of the consolidation going on in the media industry.

L.A.-area politicians have mostly steered clear of the Dodgers TV fiasco. In April, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti called on all the parties involved to try to get a deal but also acknowledged that there wasn't much his office could do to a force an agreement. The City Council has held no hearings on the issue.

Last week, California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris spoke out about the standoff on Twitter. On Wednesday evening she tweeted, "first pitch is in 4 mins. Too bad only 30% of LA baseball fans will be able to watch ... can’t y’all work this out? Sure hope so." The state will also review the Comcast-Time Warner deal.

A Time Warner Cable spokesperson said, "we are open to any activity that will move toward a deal so that fans can once again enjoy their Dodgers."

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The solution is simple. Just do what DirecTV wants. Only the subscribers that want the channel pay for it. But unfortunately, Time Warner Cable wants everyone to subsidize the cost for the minority of people that will watch it.

I know FiOS recently introduced a regional Sports fee. Which sucks since I don't watch any of the channels that it covers. I'm forced to subsidize the cost for the minority of people that do watch them.

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