TVSpy LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser FishbowlNY FishbowlDC SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Posts Tagged ‘Barry Diller’

Barry Diller on Aereo: ‘It’s Over’

barry diller aereo interviewCNBC’s Becky Quick got the first comments from IAC Chairman and Aereo investor Barry Diller about the Supreme Court ruling against the streaming TV service. Quick caught up with Diller, who is out of the country, on the phone.

“I do think it is a big loss for consumers wanting an alternative to the bundle,” says Diller who was at the Supreme Court for the arguments in April. “We did try, but now it’s over.” Diller’s comments today echo what he’s been saying leading up to the decision, should Aereo lose.

Aereo CEO and Founder Chet Kanojia adds, “Today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court is a massive setback for the American consumer. We’ve said all along that we worked diligently to create a technology that complies with the law, but today’s decision clearly states that how the technology works does not matter. This sends a chilling message to the technology industry.”

Paul Clement, the attorney for the broadcasters, says, “Today’s decision is a victory for consumers. The Court has sent a clear message that it will uphold the letter and spirit of the law just as Congress intended.”

The petitioners in the case, American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo, included American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.; Disney Enterprises, Inc.; CBS Broadcasting Inc.; CBS Studios Inc.; NBCUniversal Media, LLC; NBC Studios, LLC; Universal Network Television, LLC; Telemundo Network Group LLC; WNJU-TV Broadcasting LLC; WNET; Thirteen Productions, LLC; Fox Television Stations, Inc.; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation; WPIX, LLC; Univision Television Group, Inc.; The Univision Network Limited Partnership; and Public Broadcasting Service.

Mediabistro Course

Screenwriting

ScreenwritingStarting August 27, work with an award-winning comedy writer, director and producer to complete a first draft of your screenplay! In this course, Jonathan Kesselman will teach you the three-act structure of writing, how to format and structure your screenplay, what to do when your screenplay is finished and more. Register now! 
 

Barry Diller Calls Reporting on Aereo ‘Dopey’

DillerAereoBarry Diller, the founder of the Fox Network and now a minority shareholder of Aereo, says the reporting about the streaming local TV service has been “dopey.” Diller, who was at last week’s Supreme Court arguments in the case, not only disagreed with some of the line of questioning of the Justices, he says he is “maddened” by some of the reporting.

“They’ve just been dopey,” Diller told Brian Stelter on “Reliable Sources.” “The essence of it is that Aereo is essentially simply an antenna device that replaces technologically what you used to have to do to go up to your rooftop and erect an antenna.” Reporters, many of whom work for the networks who are suing Aereo, think of Aereo as a “gimmick,” Diller says. “What we are doing is complying with the law.”

We’ll get the heart of Aereo, it’s chances of surviving the High Court and what the broadcasters are planning if it does, at tomorrow’s TVNewser Show. Click here for more information and to register.

Supreme Court Justices Express Concern Over Scope of Aereo Ruling

supreme_court_buildingWhile hearing oral arguments from attorneys representing the broadcast networks and Aereo this morning, the Supreme Court justices “appeared unsure” how to rule in the case, expressing concerns that a broad ruling could affect cloud computing companies like Dropbox and Amazon.

Bloomberg reports the justices posed questions about both the cloud computing industry and copyright violations:

Hearing arguments today in Washington, some justices suggested they viewed Aereo as violating broadcaster copyrights by using thousands of dime-sized antennas to get over-the-air signals without paying fees. Chief Justice John Roberts led the questioning, asking whether Aereo’s equipment had any purpose “other than to get around the copyright laws.”

At the same time, the hour-long hearing didn’t clearly indicate the likely outcome, as justices led by Stephen Breyer repeatedly asked whether a ruling favoring the broadcasters would imperil the cloud computing industry.

Justices also raised the issue of whether the Barry Diller-backed startup should be considered a cable service, according to Variety: Read more

Barry Diller on Aereo: ‘If We Lose, We’re Finished’

barry diller aereo interviewIAC chairman Barry Diller says he “can’t see any path forward” for Aereo in the event the Supreme Court rules against the service.

“If we lose, we’re finished,” Diller told  Bloomberg TV’s Erik Schatzker. “It’s very possible that there’s some salvage. But Aereo would probably, as I say probably just because I can’t — I can’t see any path forward.” IAC is the major backer of the streaming service which takes the signals of local TV stations and distributes them to paying subscribers who watch via their internet service provider, not over the air. “It probably would not be able to continue in business,” Diller added.

The case goes before the Supreme Court on April 22. A week later, at the TVNewser Show, we’ll be discussing the future of Aereo. Among our panelists is Tom Taylor, the Assistant Managing Editor of Bloomberg BNA’s United States Law Week, who will be monitoring the arguments. Click here for more information and to register.

Video of Schatzker’s interview with Diller is after the jump. Read more

Tina Brown to Howard Kurtz: ‘Didn’t I fire you for serial inaccuracy?’

Over the weekend Newsweek was sold to IBT Media, thus ending a less-than-prestigious run under the leadership of Barry Diller and Tina Brown. Now, the analysis has started, with a number of reporters diving in to try and figure out what went wrong.

Former Newsweek/Daily Beast DC bureau chief Howard Kurtz, who is now Fox News Channel’s media correspondent, shared a NY Times article about Brown’s leadership of the magazine on Twitter, while adding that “this captures the chaos, waste and dysfunction.”

Tina Brown did not take the comment kindly:

When Kurtz parted ways with The Daily Beast (he left CNN in June), he said it “was in the works for some time.” Brown’s comment seems to put that in doubt.

Related: Check out our video tour of the Newsweek/Daily Beast offices (then under the leadership of Brown and Diller), here.

Moguls, Journalists Descend On Sun Valley For Media/Technology Confab

This week, the world’s media, entertainment and technology moguls are converging on Sun Valley, Idaho for the annual Allen & Company shindig. What happens in Sun Valley usually stays in Sun Valley, but according to a number of reporters in attendance, we can glean a few things.

For starters, CBS News anchor Charlie Rose, NBC News’ Tom Brokaw and CNN’s Erin Burnett are all attending, with Rose and Brokaw scheduled to moderate (secret) panels. CNBC’s Julia Boorstin, FBN’s Dennis Kneale and Bloomberg TV’s Jon Erlichman are getting as close as they can to cover the action for their networks.

In terms of moguls, all the usual suspects are there: 21st Century Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch, along with sons Lachlan Murdoch and James Murdoch (above), Disney’s Bob Iger, ESPN’s John Skipper, Comcast’s Brian Roberts, CBS’ Les Moonves, Time Warner’s Jeff Bewkes, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook and IAC’s Barry Diller among many, many others.

Read more

Jeff Zucker On Competitors, New Viewers And The ‘Human Drama’ Of The Cruise Coverage

CNN president Jeff Zucker appeared on a panel with IAC’s Barry Diller at the AllThingsD conference yesterday evening. While Diller’s broadcast network-challenging company Aereo dominated the conversation, Zucker still weighed in on his plans to expand CNN’s programming, the future of digital news and the channel’s coverage of the Carnival Triumph cruise ship story.

With regard to the cable news competition:

“While they are covering events in Washington from a political point of view, that leaves the news for us to cover,” Zucker said. “That doesn’t mean we can’t cover politics, but politics is just one part of the news. We are covering politics and much more, and I think that is the opening for us.”

He again noted that CNN wants to add programming that would typically be found on channels like Discovery, Nat Geo and A&E. He also praised “Parts Unknown” for epitomizing that ethos.

“Four and a half million new viewers who have not watched CNN have now watched CNN because they watched Anthony Bourdain’s show,” Zucker said. “In order to be successful going forward, we need to do that, we need to bring new viewers to CNN.”

Zucker said that he was “very pleased” where CNN was digitally, and noted that while TV is the most important platform now, it may not be in 10 or 20 years. Still, regardless of the platform, maintaining CNN’s brand is vital.

Read more

Here’s This Aereo Thing You’ve Been Hearing About

You may have been reading about Aereo, the Barry Diller-backed service that allows you to watch local broadcast TV from a mobile device. Even as the site is the subject of two lawsuits filed by local broadcasters, Aereo rolled out in New York last week.

In this mediabistroTV video, TVSpy’s Andrew Gauthier takes a closer look at how Aereo works.

Mika Brzezinski shows her value at book party

Mika Brzezinski and "Morning Joe" EP Chris Licht

Monday night, Michael’s Resaturant was the scene of a party for Mika Brzezinski and her new book “Knowing Your Value.”

Miles Nadal, the CEO of MDC Partners and The Daily Beast/Newsweek‘s Tina Brown hosted the night. Guests included Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Arianna Huffington, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, NBC News “Today” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie, former CNN host Kathleen Parker, MSNBC president Phil Griffin, CBS News’s Lesley Stahl, IAC chairman Barry Diller, former Rep. Harold Ford Jr., MSNBC/The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capeheart, and Daily News‘s Mort Zuckerman.

Mika’s “Morning Joe” partner Joe Scarborough was not in attendance following the death of his father last week. EP Chris Licht, who is expected to announce in the coming days he’s leaving the network for an executive position at CBS News, was on hand.

  • More pictures after the jump…

Read more

Katie Couric Shows Us All that CBS Cares

Most New York City tvnewsers had to dig out their car this morning, but media mogul Barry Diller had some extra help from CBS “Evening News” anchor Katie Couric


@katiecouric tweeted this morning:

Only in New York: helping Barry Diller push his Maserati out of the snow in Central Park on my way to work!http://twitpic.com/3tw7fh

NEXT PAGE >>