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Aereo CEO and Cablevision Say Aereo Fight May Undermine Cloud Computing

aereo_304In a statement that read like a classic boxing combination, Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia today started with the left jab that said his company is prepared to let the Supreme Court decide its legality.

That statement set up the big right cross where he agreed with Cablevision’s assertion that the broadcasters suing him are looking to do more than just stop the Barry Diller backed internet streaming service.

Yesterday Cablevision issued a whitepaper saying, while it agrees Aereo violates copyright law, the broadcasters fighting the service are looking to overturn what the two companies are calling the basic principles of cloud computing, the 2008 Cablevision remote-storage DVR (RS-DVR) decision.

In his statement, Kanojia wrote, “The long-standing landmark Second Circuit decision in Cablevision has served as a crucial underpinning to the cloud computing and cloud storage industry.  The broadcasters’ filing makes clear that they are using Aereo as a proxy to attack Cablevision itself.” Read more

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Cablevision and Disney Make a Deal

Cablevision customers get to watch their favorite Disney programming without interruption.  The two companies reached a deal covering approximately 70 services including retransmission consent for WABC in New York and WPVI in Philadelphia.

“This significant agreement ensures that our customers will continue to have access to dozens of ABC, Disney and ESPN networks for years to come and, for the first time, they will be able to enjoy Disney and ESPN programming outside the home,” said James L. Dolan, Cablevision’s president and CEO.

The deal includes the suite of ESPN, Disney and ABC channels as well as more than ten HD networks.  Cablevision viewers will also have the ability to watch Disney programming on their computers, gaming consoles and mobile devices.

Another interesting feature is ABC On Demand, a fast forward disabled on-demand service allowing viewers to watch the shows they want without letting them skip the commercials.

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WPIX Feeling Pinch from Cablevision Dispute

The Tribune Company’s battle with Cablevision over carriage fees is beginning to take its toll on Tribune owned CW affiliate WPIX, according to MediaPost.

During the approximately five-week period from Aug. 20-Sept. 23, household ratings by one metric for WPIX’s late newscast declined 42% to a 1.1 compared to a similar period last year. In the key adult 25-to-54 demo, the decline was 33% to a 0.6.

WPIX has been a no-show in roughly 3 million homes in the New York area since the dispute began in August.  You can watch a video WPIX put together and posted to their website urging viewers to pressure Cablevision to have their signal restored after the jump.

MediaPost notes while the CW network may not be pleased its programming is not being seen in the nation’s largest TV market, WPIX may be especially hurt because of the skyrocketing spending for political ads,

With its lower news ratings, WPIX might be missing out on some of the political ad dollars being spent, notably by wealthy Connecticut U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon. The FCC Web site indicates that WPIX has not landed a single dollar in political spending this season.

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CBS and Cablevision Renew Carriage Agreement

CBS and Cablevision announced the renewal of their content carriage agreements for the CBS O&Os. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The agreement covers Cablevision subscribers in the New York tri-state area served by WCBS, Philadelphia’s KYW and Denver’s KCNC and also includes Cablevision’s continued carriage of Showtime, Smithsonian Channel and CBS Sports Network.

“This broad agreement will ensure that Cablevision customers will continue to have access to the CBS programming they already enjoy, across a range of networks, as well as new services Cablevision will launch in the coming months, including Showtime Anytime and CBS prime time shows on demand,” said Mac Budill, Cablevision’s executive vice president of programming.