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Tennis, Obama interview muted CBS’ rollout of Assad exclusive

Associated Press
Charlie Rose's interview with Syrian President Bashar Assad was ready at an awkward time for CBS, David Bauder reports.

Not only did "CBS Evening News" anchor Scott Pelley have an interview with President Obama, "the evening news was pre-empted on all but the West Coast by CBS Sports’ telecast of the U.S. Open men’s tennis finals." (more...)
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Time Warner offers to ‘unbundle’ CBS channels

Robert Marcus, the incoming CEO Time Warner Cable offered to "unbundle" CBS programming as a way to get the network back on the cable system. Time Warner blocked CBS programs in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and in parts of a number of other markets in a dispute over the cable company's rights to carry CBS' programs.

Until now, the battle has affected only CBS-owned stations serving customers also served by Time Warner.  But now, Time Warner is opening the door to an idea that until now, cable companies have vigorously resisted.

The offer, in a letter from Marcus to CBS, would allow customers to decide if they wanted CBS programming and if so, they would pay specifically for that.

In other words, the new offer includes allowing Time Warner Cable customers to choose a plan that includes CBS or not. (more...)
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Time Warner blacks out CBS stations in major markets

USA Today | Variety | Los Angeles Times | The Wall Street Journal
At  5 p.m. EDT Friday, Time Warner Cable began blacking out CBS programming in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Boston, Dallas, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Chicago. The blackout follows contentious negotiations between the network and cable company over retransmission fees, which cable companies pay TV stations for the rights to carry their signals. Three million subscribers are affected.

For some stations, such as WBZ, KCNC, WKBD and KDKA, the blackout only affects part of their coverage areas, where Time Warner Cable is the provider, but not the main metro areas they serve. Variety's Todd Spangler lists the affected stations:
Those stations are: WCBS and WLNY (independent) in New York; KCBS and KCAL (independent) in L.A.; KTVT and KTXA (independent) in Dallas; WBZ and WSBK (independent) in Boston; KDKA and WPCW (The CW) in Pittsburgh; WBBM in Chicago; WKBD (The CW) in Detroit; and KCNC in Denver.
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Aereo files suit against CBS as it moves into Boston

The Verge | CNET
The television service Aereo has filed suit against CBS Monday as it moves to the Boston market.

The litigation, strange though it may seem, is an effort to quell any future lawsuits brought by the broadcast networks against Aereo. The Internet startup has been at the receiving end of several suits filed by NBC, ABC, Fox and CBS; the companies have sued to protect their copyright over their broadcast programs. (more...)
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ABC, CBS and other networks take second swing at Aereo

The Wrap | New York Times


Aereo’s honeymoon is over, as broadcast networks re-filed their petitions for an injunction this morning.

As The Wrap reports, ABC, CBS, NBC Universal and Fox Television Stations are among the parties who have asked judges to reconsider the 2nd Circuit District Appeals Court’s decision from earlier this month. The decision came down in favor of Aereo, whom the court ruled was not in violation of copyright law.



The networks’ complaints stem from Aereo’s business model. Aereo provides a live stream of broadcast television to its subscribers via a live Internet feed. The court’s ruling hinged on the fact that Aereo uses an individual antenna for each subscriber; the judges in a 2-1 decision said this constituted a “private” rather than “public” performance, which meant Aereo is in the clear.



The networks have filed suit against Aereo to stop the company from transmitting their broadcasts without giving the networks compensation. Speaking from the NAB Show last week in Las Vegas, News Corp. President and COO Chase Carey  threatened to move Fox’s broadcast channels to cable if Aereo continued to win in the courts.

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CBS asks for tax break for Super Bowl week coverage

The Lens
CBS broadcast its show "The Talk" from New Orleans in the week leading up to Super Bowl and is asking for a $700,000 tax credit, Tyler Bridges reports.

“The Motion Picture Investor Tax Credit statute specifically excludes televised news and sporting events from eligibility; therefore, the filming and distribution of a game such as the Super Bowl would be ineligible to receive motion picture tax credits in Louisiana,” Lousiana Economic Development's Chris Stelly told Bridges. “However, talk shows that are filmed in Louisiana are eligible.”

Stelly told Bridges "The Talk" would probably get the credit. (more...)
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Greg Sandoval, who quit CNET, joins The Verge

Greg Sandoval | The New York Times
"I’m saved," Greg Sandoval wrote on his blog Sunday, announcing he was joining tech site The Verge as a senior reporter. Sandoval quit his previous employer CNET after he announced on Twitter, "I no longer have confidence that CBS is committed to editorial independence." CBS owns CNET and forbade the site to give an award to a product from Dish Network, with which it is engaged in litigation.

"He’s obsessed with getting the news — the real news — and I find that kind of energy infectious,” Verge Editor-in-Chief Joshua Topolsky told Brian Stelter.

Sandoval writes that he has a "written guarantee from management that nobody from the business side of the company will ever have any authority over my stories."

Related: Carl Franzen also joins The Verge; he comes from Talking Points Memo, where he was a tech reporter.

Previously: CNET reporter quits after reports that CBS impinged on editorial decision | CBS again impinges on CNET’s editorial independence | In BitTorrent case, CBS argues for CNET’s editorial independence
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In BitTorrent case, CBS argues for CNET’s editorial independence

The Hollywood Reporter | Poynter
CBS is fighting an injunction that would bar its tech publication CNET from reporting on BitTorrent, a peer-to-peer file sharing technology, Eriq Gardner reports. "[T]he public interest would be damaged by denying legitimate and truthful information about a pervasive technology, as well as by impending noninfringing uses," CBS' lawyers argue in the suit, which was filed by Greek billionaire Alki David and some musicians.

CBS' defense of CNET's editorial independence in this instance may seem dissonant given its recent clampdowns on CNET's ability to report on technologies produced by companies with whom CBS is engaged in litigation. CBS prohibited CNET from granting an award to a Dish Network product and won't let the publication review TV-streaming service Aereo. (more...)
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CBS again impinges on CNET’s editorial independence

The Verge | Jim Romenesko
John P. Falcone's CNET story about TV-streaming service Aereo carries an unusual, and prominent, notice three paragraphs in:
Disclosure: CBS, the parent corporation of CNET, is currently in active litigation with Aereo as to the legality of its service. As a result of that conflict of interest, CNET cannot review that service going forward.
CBS had previously barred CNET from giving an award to a Dish Network product at the Consumer Electronics Show because it was in litigation with Dish.

"This is the first time we're seeing that broader policy applied to another company," Tim Carmody writes in The Verge.
CNET and its staff have been put in an extraordinarily difficult position by CBS. They have to prove that what remains of their editorial independence is full and robust. They have to cover news controversies involving their publication and its parent company; these controversies necessarily involve some evaluation of the value of products and competing legal claims. And they have to do it without further antagonizing or embarrassing CBS.

It's not clear if anyone knows how or whether this can be done. This, so far, is how CNET is trying to thread the needle.
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CNET reporter quits after reports that CBS impinged on editorial decision

The New York Times | The Verge | CNET
CNET reporter Greg Sandoval announced he was leaving the publication Monday:   His departure follows the news that CNET owner CBS bigfooted the publication during last week's Consumer Electronics Show, forcing it to remove a Dish Network product from its annual awards program. CBS is one of the networks suing Dish over its Hopper, a digital recorder that makes it easy for viewers to skip ads. (more...)
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