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Aereo CEO: Win or Lose, Web TV Is Inevitable

In an interview with Bloomberg, Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia says that even if his company loses its case before the Supreme Court today, someone will eventually figure out a way to make the tv-on-the-web business model work.

“I hope we don’t [lose] and I feel confident that we won’t,” Kanojia told Bloomberg’s Betty Liu. “But even if we do, you know, I think [another company just like Aereo will come along and be able to break through]. It is inevitable. It’s going to happen.”

The case before the Supreme Court now deals with whether or not Aereo has the right to distribute broadcast channels via the web for a monthly fee. Broadcasters say Aereo’s business model is to essentially steal a product and then re-sell it, while Aereo contends they are merely providing a more convenient way to watch what is offered for free by the broadcasters anyway.

Watch the clip after the jump…

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Afternoon Lede Check, 4.22.14

The Supreme Court allows states to do away with affirmative action; those damn ospreys by the Bay Bridge are back…again; and American University’s President responds to allegations of very, very bad behavior by some of its students.

From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, after the jump…

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WHCD Party Invites: SPIN ROOM with Rock the Vote

rockthevoteTwo days before the big night, Rock the Vote presents The Spin Room – an evening in celebration of new media, the youths, and the importance of voting (also known as the “Everyone Gets Laid” party). The bash, to be held at Hierarchy art gallery at Napoleon Bistro & Lounge, is being hosted by Ink Blot Army (Jessica Hoy and Teddy Duvall) and FinePoint PR (Meredith Fineman).

Guests will enjoy cocktails by EXODO Tequila, vino from Wine Awesomeness, beers from Ommegang, a pop-up digital photo booth via Poshbooth and a whole lotta Sprinkles Cupcakes – not to mention a “deluxe” swag bag from W Salon. The evening will also feature original artwork by Matthew Curran and DJs .rarKelly and Adam to the Max.

In competition for the evening is the inaugural “Welcome to Washington: A Salute to Women in Journalism” event co-hosted by Story Partner’s Gloria Dittus, NBC’s Betsy Fischer Martin,Washingtonian’s Catherine Merrell Williams, CNN’s Dana Bash, CBS News’ Jan Crawford, and The New Republic’s Julia Ioffe.

Both events are invite only. But you have the names of the hosts and we can’t stop you from trying to get an invite.

Party on!

Elizabeth Thorp’s Egregious Easter Error

Well this is just a sad day for journalism. Capitol File‘s Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Thorp was live-gramming the White House Easter Egg Roll when a 6-year old colleague apparently misidentified tween star Ross Lynch as other tween star Austin Mahone. Without getting a second source to confirm the erroneous information, Thorp posted the photo to the right (clearly of Lynch) on Instagram, adding the caption, “And then there was @AustinMahone. Best day ever says 6 year old Penelope.”

Just. Awful. What does it say about our country that a 6 year old can’t properly distinguish between Ross Lynch, who plays the character Austin Moon on Disney’s “Austin & Ally,” and Austin Mahone, who is a real life person?? That’s like confusing Harry Styles for Prince Harry! Or Raven Symone for Nina Simone! And for that 6-year old’s editor to let an error of this magnitude slip through the cracks -well, that’s just unacceptable.

This is the state of journalism today America! Are you happy? This is what happens when your Buzzfeeds and your Voxeses upend the natural order of things!

Fortunately, Instagram’s community of fact-checkers was on the case. Check out their appropriately vitriolic reactions after the jump. Or, if you care to hear Thorp’s take on the scandal, go here.

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Katie Couric’s First Big Break Came While She Was a Reporter at WRC

Katie Couric‘s life in TV news included stops at WRC in Washington and as a Pentagon correspondent for NBC News. Her current transition from daytime talk show host to global news anchor for Yahoo News, is just another turning point for the journalist best known as co-anchor of the “Today” show. Couric tells us timing and luck have been on her side. But she has one man to thank for her First Big Break:

Politico Pro Adds Cybersecurity and eHealth Verticals

Politico Pro, the subscription service offered by the Arlington-based political pub, will expand their areas of professional policy coverage to include cybersecurity and health technology -or “eHealth” -it was announced today. That makes 13 different coverage areas Politico Pro will offer to its clients, and follows the recent addition of Campaign Pro, which is aimed at providing political professionals real-time information on House, Senate and gubernatorial races.

Pro Cybersecurity will launch on May 14, featuring coverage of topics like U.S. Cyber Command, the security of the electricity grid, and data breaches in the retail industry. It will be edited by Shaun Waterman, an expert on counterterrorism and cybersecurity who previously worked for The Washington Times, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and UPI.

And Pro eHealth will launch in the beginning of June, covering the intersection of health care and technology. Coverage areas will include electronic health records, telemedicine, health apps and federal health IT.

Politico also announced the launch of a federal, congressional and candidate leadership directory, which will be unveiled this summer. The new feature will be made available to all Politico Pro subscribers.

 

NYT and FiveThirtyEight Differ on Senate Prospects

The New York Times unveiled their new post-FiveThirtyEight, data-driven journalism project today, dubbed The Upshot. The site, edited by NYT Washington bureau chief David Leonhardt (aka Not Nate Silver) is supposed to fill the void left by Silver when he teamed up with ESPN to create his own site. And right off the bat, Leonhardt and Co. are diverging from Silver on the biggest prediction made yet this election season -who will control the Senate.

While Silver says that Republicans are a slight favorite to win, The Upshot has that Democrats are more likely than not to keep the upper chamber. The main difference between the two forecasts seems to be that The Upshot considers Colorado and Michigan to be more likely Democratic wins than FiveThirtyEight does.

Of course, Silver will continue to update his model as the cycle progresses -as will The Upshot. It’ll be interesting to see whether the two methodologies start producing more similar results over time. If they do, it may be that Silver starts to loose some of his prestige as the One True Oracle of Politics. If not, and if Silver hews to his sterling track record and calls most of the races correctly, then it would be a big validation for the beleaguered quant -and a big rebuff to his detractors.

(Photo Credit: The Upshot)

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Netflix Plans Price Raise as Streaming Subscribers Grow(Reuters)
Video streaming service Netflix Inc. said it intends to raise its subscription price for new customers by $1 or $2 a month to help the company buy more movies and TV shows and improve service for its 48 million global subscribers. WSJ Netflix said the price increase for the $7.99 a month service, the first since 2011, would help pay for its continued investment in original programs, including series such as House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black. Netflix has committed to spend billions of dollars in programming in the past few years as it has grown to become the biggest stand-alone subscription programming service in the U.S., passing some long-standing traditional TV outlets like HBO in terms of subscribers.Mashable Current subscribers would stay at the $7.99 price for a “generous time period,” the company wrote in a statement to investors. “Our current view is to do a one or two dollar increase, depending on the country, later this quarter for new members only,” the company wrote. The news came as Netflix announced that it added 4 million new members in the first quarter of 2014, as the company beat revenue and profit expectations. Variety In after-hours trading Monday, Netflix’s stock climbed as much as 7 percent to $372.05 per share, after closing up 0.8 percent for the day at $348.49. Netflix also said that in the second quarter of 2014, it will launch the first pay-TV integration of its service in the U.S. That’s after lining up deals with European providers including the U.K.’s Virgin Media to provide access to the unlimited streaming-video service through operator-supplied boxes. Deadline New York The company generated $53.1 million in net income in the first quarter of 2014, up from $2.7 million in the same period in 2013, on revenues of $1.27 billion, up 24 percent.

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Jill Biden Takes Cover of Capitol File

Capitol-File-Jill-BidenOn the cover of its second issue of 2014, Capitol File features Second Lady of the United States Jill Biden.

And inside, CapFile Editor in Chief Elizabeth Thorp sits down with Dr. Biden to discuss her love of teaching, commitment to military families, and how the Second Lady of the United States manages to stay grounded.

FishbowlDC caught up with Thorp this afternoon to get some deets on her sit down with Dr. Jill Biden. Here’s what she had to say.

FishbowlDC: Jill Biden? That’s awesome! How did you land that?

Elizabeth Thorp: I have lived in DC for over 20 years and have many friends who have worked in the White House and for the Bidens. I met with Dr. Biden’s senior staffer and walked her through my vision for the piece. As a working mom, I have always admired Dr. Biden. She’s a Ph.D. with a paying job as an educator while serving as America’s Second Lady. And somehow she still finds still the time to advocate for members of the military and carve out family time.

FBDC: How long was this in the works?

Thorp: A couple of months.

FBDC: What was your first thought when you heard it went through?

Thorp: Total elation. Then a bit of terror. I wanted to do right by Dr. Biden and accurately capture her passion for teaching, her family, and her causes. She was so gracious and so genuine, she made the interview very easy for me.

Read the full interview here.

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