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WTHR Launching Spanish Language Webcast

Indianapolis NBC-affiliate WTHR is launching a local Spanish language news webcast today.

Anchored by Marco Dominguez and Rossina Lazaneo (pictured), the webcast will be taped in the WTHR studios and provide the typical mix of news, weather, and sports.  It will “air” every weekday on WTHR.com.

“The Hispanic population continues to grow in Indianapolis, so we’re extremely pleased to be able to provide this valuable newscast on the web,” said WTHR president and general manager John Cardenas. Read more

WIBW’s Facebook Page ‘Hacked’ by GM

For a moment over the weekend, it appeared as though the Facebook page of WIBW in Topeka, KS had been hacked.  Out of nowhere, a series of messages were posted on the CBS-affiliate’s page that criticized Topeka and praised the city’s interstate rival, Manhattan.

“We’re pretty sure our Facebook pages have been hacked,” WIBW reporter Suzie Gilbert announced in a post on Saturday.  “We’re working on it!”

And then the station quickly discovered the person behind the “hack”: general manager Jim Ogle. Read more

WPIX Launches Content Partnership with Patch

WPIX, the CW-affiliate in New York City, launching a content partnership with Patch, AOL’s online local news platform.

The “Patch on PIX” segments, shot daily, will spotlight popular stories from Patch sites throughout the tri-state area. The segments will air beginning this week on the 5 p.m. newscast and are expected to eventually expand to the morning newscast.

“In our continuing goal to better serve our local communities, PIX11′s partnership with Patch will deliver valuable content to our viewers, creating a richer and deeper news experience,” WPIX news director Bill Carey said in a statement.

Broadcasters Paint Doomsday Scenario in Case Against Aereo’s Streaming TV Service

In a series of court filings this week, broadcasters argued that the streaming TV service Aereo, currently available only in New York, would cause an end to the TV industry as we know it.

In a declaration filed in a New York federal court, Matt Bond, EVP of content distribution at NBCUniversal, said, according to The Hollywood Reporter, that if Aereo is successful in fending off lawsuits from broadcasters and is able to proceed with its service, the economics of TV distribution would be changed forever. Read more

Portland Stations Pulled From New Streaming Service

When streaming TV service Skitter launched in Portland in March, the company set itself apart from the Barry Diller-backed TV startup Aereo because it had existing carriage agreements with broadcasters.

Now it looks like those agreements aren’t holding up.

Multichannel News reports that the ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox affiliates in Portland demanded that their signals be pulled from Skitter while they review their retrans agreements with the company. And Skitter has complied. Read more

NBC O&Os to Highlight Investigative Reporting Online

As part of a renewed commitment to investigative reporting at the NBC O&Os, seven stations will launch dedicated online investigative reporting sections on their websites.

“Investing in local, investigative reporting has been a priority, and we’re pleased that these hard-hitting stories will be available to viewers in a more in-depth way on the station websites,” Valari Staab, president of the NBC O&Os, said in a statement.

The online sections will highlight embedded documents, infographics and maps related to each station’s investigative reports. Websites for the stations — WNBC in New York, WMAQ in Chicago,  WCAU in Philadelphia, KNTV in San Francisco, WRC in Washington, KXAS in Dallas and WVIT in Hartford — will be updated in the coming weeks.

NBC to Stream Every Sport at 2012 Olympics Live

When the 2012 Summer Olympics begin this July, viewers will be able to watch all 32 sports live on their computers.

NBC plans to stream the entire Olympics live on nbcolympics.com, with just one catch: the big events that will air on delay during NBC’s primetime show will not be archived on the site until after the broadcast.

NBC believes that giving viewers the ability to watch events live during the day will actually help the primetime broadcast.

“We’re not scared of cannibalization,” Rick Cordella, vice president and general manager of NBC Sports Digital Media, told The New York Times.  “Anytime you have a great event that happens before it shows on the air, it increases ratings and generates buzz.” Read more

Portland Stations Now Available Via Internet

Following the New York launch of streaming TV service Aereo, an Atlanta-based company called Skitter is now offering customers in Portland broadcast channels over the internet.

GigaOM reports that Skitter quietly launched in March, making Portland’s network affiliates available to local viewers using a Roku or WD Live set-top box.

The crucial difference between Skitter’s service and Aereo’s is that Skitter has all of the necessary licenses to retransmit stations’ programming. While Aereo is locked in a legal battle with broadcasters in New York over copyright infringement, Skitter will seemingly be able to avoid the same legal troubles since the company, which previously offered its internet broadcasting solution to small telco operators, already has retrans deals with broadcasters. Read more

Aereo Countersues New York Broadcasters, Again

Aereo, the streaming TV service that launched last week in New York, has filed a second countersuit against companies that own stations in the market.

Reuters reports that the company, which is backed by former TV executive Barry Diller, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan this week against News Corp’s Fox, the Public Broadcasting Service, Univision, as well as WPIX and WNET.

The lawsuit is similar to the one Aereo filed last week against CBS, ABC/Disney, and NBCU/Comcast, and comes in response to the companies’ claims of copyright infringement. Read more

Aereo: How the Streaming TV Service Works

Aereo recently debuted its streaming TV service in the New York market, with plans to roll it out to over 75 additional markets within a year.

As Aereo faces multiple copyright lawsuits from the broadcasting companies that own TV stations in New York, we took the service for a test drive to see what all the fuss is about (video above).

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