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Morning Media Newsfeed: Aereo Suspends Service | The View Loses Two

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Aereo Suspends Streaming TV Service, Weighs Next Steps (Variety)
Following the Supreme Court’s ruling on Wednesday in favor of broadcasters, Aereo announced early Saturday that it was pausing its streaming TV service at 11:30 a.m. ET. “We have decided to pause our operations temporarily as we consult with the court and map out our next steps,” Aereo CEO and founder Chet Kanojia wrote in a letter to subscribers. Deadline Hollywood The Barry Diller-backed company plans to consult with the U.S. District Court in New York, hearing broadcasters’ complaint against it after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that the service violates station owners’ copyrights when it streams their over-the-air programming without permission. Users will receive a refund for their last paid month. Mediaite Notably, Kanojia calls the move a “pause” rather than a permanent end to operations, though it seems highly unlikely that the company will be able to move forward in any recognizable form following the decision. In an interview with Bloomberg TV earlier this year, he said the company had “no plan” to move forward if the court ruled against it. GigaOM Despite the obvious appeal of an Internet-based mobile TV service that offers a small bundle of channels, the TV industry is reluctant to change its current business model, which is based on selling large packages of channels, many of which consumers never watch. One option for Aereo may be to accept the Supreme Court’s declaration that it is a cable company, and seek a license from the broadcasters, although the economics of this might prove prohibitive. NYT The company had fewer than 500,000 subscribers in about a dozen metropolitan areas. Customers paid $8 to $12 a month to rent one of Aereo’s dime-size antennas that captured over-the-air television signals. They then could stream and record programs from major broadcasters using their mobile phones, tablets, laptops and Internet-connected televisions.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Casey Kasem Dies at 82 | FCC to Investigate Netflix Dispute

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Casey Kasem, Wholesome Voice of Pop Radio, Dies at 82 (NYT)
Casey Kasem, a disc jockey who never claimed to love rock ’n’ roll but who built a long and lucrative career from it, creating and hosting one of radio’s most popular syndicated pop music shows, American Top 40, died on Sunday in a hospital in Gig Harbor, Wash. He was 82. Mashable Kasem had Parkinson’s disease and dementia. His children took him off life support in a Washington hospice this week. HuffPost Kasem will be remembered as the “the king of countdowns.” He was best known for his work on American Top 40, which he hosted from 1970 to 1988, and again from 1998 until 2004, when he passed the job on to Ryan Seacrest. Kasem was also a talented voice-over artist, most famously voicing Scooby-Doo’s pal, Shaggy. THR Kasem said he wanted to be the “voice of the guy next door,” and his style was to accent the positive, considering each one of the hits a major accomplishment for each act involved. He never focused on the negative, such as a big drop-off for a particular song, and remained family-friendly. His shows also tugged at the heartstrings with such elements as “Long Distance Dedications.” Variety Kemal Amin Kasem was born in Detroit to parents who were Lebanese Druze immigrants. He graduated from Wayne State University. Kasem got his start in radio during the Korean War, working for Armed Forces Radio. Kasem was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1985 and the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1992.

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Who is: The Perfect Sports Jeopardy! Host

According to Awful Announcing managing editor Matt Yodel, this fall’s jock-spinoff of the Alex Trebek staple with Dan Patrick hosting makes a lot of sense:

There’s a huge market out there for sports trivia and the addition of Patrick will immediately give this show credibility.

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AP got the tipped scoop from Crackle yesterday, ahead of today’s lunchtime NYC presser. On this morning’s Dan Patrick Show meanwhile, DP was repeatedly explaining to stream-feed viewers why he was all dressed up with a post-broadcast place to go. He also reminded that Sony has been trying to put together a sports version of its iconic quiz show for several decades.

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Friday Nights, Skip Bayless is All About Jeopardy!

We thoroughly enjoyed the profile of ESPN2 First Take co-host Skip Bayless in the Washington Post by Rick Maese.

Some people who have known Bayless personally for decades don’t recognize the guy on the air, at all. But the 62-year-old Bayless insists it’s not an act. There’s also a funny little tidbit about Bayless’ Friday-night routine with girlfriend Ernestine Sclafani:

She lives in Manhattan, and he’s mostly in Connecticut. They reunite on weekends, and on Fridays, they’ll watch a week’s worth of Jeopardy! episodes — “He competes with me,” Sclafani says — before catching a movie.

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Report: Jeopardy! Eyeing Matt Lauer

Even though he doesn’t actually look 72, Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek is getting up there in age, which means replacement talks are in full swing.

The New York Post reports Today co-host Matt Lauer is at the top of the short list when Trebek steps down, as expected, in 2016.

The timing works as well from a contract standpoint — Lauer’s deal is up at 2015 and Trebek recently signed a new three-year deal that will run out in 2016.

The other name the NY Post tossed out was CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who’s a reported free agent at the end of 2014. Any official decision on Trebek’s replacement isn’t expected for another 18 months.

Next year will mark 30 years as host of Jeopardy! for for Trebek.  In recent years, he’s battled two minor heart attacks — the most recent one in 2012.

Alex Trebek Returns to Jeopardy!

One month after suffering a mild heart attack. Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek returned to work on Tuesday at the Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City.

According to Sony publicist Phil Zimmerman, Trebek is “in good health and already planning home improvement projects.. The 29th season of Jeopardy! begins on Monday, Sept. 17.

Glad to see Trebek back at work. I can’t imagine who would host the nightly trivia show if something were to happen to him.

Photo: Courtesy of Jeopardy Productions, Inc.

Alex Trebek Suffers Heart Attack, Won’t Miss Work

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek isn’t expected to miss any time at work after suffering a mild heart attack Saturday.

The 71-year-old was in “good spirits” at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Trebek previously suffered a heart attack in 2007.

“He is expected to fully recover and be back at Jeopardy! when production begins taping in July for the new season, the show’s 29th,” said Sony Television rep Paula Askanas.

Alex Trebek on Physical Therapy, Playing Jeopardy!

FishbowlLA had the chance to briefly chat with Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek Tuesday during a roundtable interview following the opening of the quiz show’s Hall of Fame.

Is there a favorite moment that stands out during your time as host of Jeopardy!?

I think it’s difficult for me to single out one moment, but one that stands out very prominently occurred in our first Teen Tournament when I interviewed a young girl named Dana Venator, who played the bagpipes. She was from near Atlanta and she used to go outside her house and into the woods to practice because she didn’t want to disturb the neighbors. I thought that was so sweet. We did a retrospective many years later and she was grown up, working, and doing well. It brought back such wonderful memories for me. When you think about a 13 or 14-year-old girl playing the bagpipes, that’s kind of neat.

What does the Hall of Fame say about Jeopardy! as a show?

Well, I think it says you’re looking at a successful television program. One that’s been successful for 27 years in its current incarnation and of course it was on for 10 years on the NBC television network in the ’60s and early ’70s. It’s a quality program and there are a lot of tours that come through the Sony Studios. This was a way of making it extra special for them.

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Jeopardy! Opens Hall of Fame at Sony Pictures

Tuesday marked the grand opening of the Jeopardy! Hall of Fame, located inside Stage 10 at the Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City.

In attendance for the ribbon cutting ceremony included past Jeopardy! contestants, legendary announcer Johnny Gilbert and host Alex Trebek, who is still recovering from a ruptured achilles tendon suffered during a failed hotel robbery in July. (Find out more on Trebek’s health in our interview later today.)

Some of the standout items from the Hall of Fame include all 29 Daytime Emmys Jeopardy! has won throughout the years, Trebek’s flight suit from his 2007 visit to Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan and an actual contestant podium featuring the famous buzzer.

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