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U.S. TV Pilot Season: Doubts Run in Cycle, Value Remains

TCAFOX’s chairman of Entertainment, Kevin Reilly, surprised critics at this past January’s Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Los Angeles when he stated that his network would be killing off the traditional pilot season — which usually occurs in early spring — in favor of year-round production. more»
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The European Union Questions Territorial Pay-TV Exclusive Rights

canadaIn George Orwell’s book 1984, The Ministry of Love’s O’Brien, a powerful member of the Inner Party, tells the protagonist, Winston Smith, “the thing that is in Room 101 is the worst thing in the world.” Now, we’re left wondering: Has the European Commission opened the door to content’s “worst thing in the world”? The issue at hand is a current investigation into whether the present system of licensing movies on a territory exclusive basis contravenes Clause 101 of the Treaty of Functioning of the European Union.” more»
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Challenges and Rewards With the International TV Channels Business

netflixVideoAge estimates that outside the U.S., 10 American companies own and/or manage over 1,000 international TV channels, generating — between sub fees, VoD share when applicable and advertising proceeds — annual revenues in the order of $10 billion. This excludes the American Forces Network, religious networks such as EWTN and TBN and TV shopping channels such as QVC and HSN. more»
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My Two Cents

The dispute between the company that owns Aereo and the U.S. broadcasting TV industry reminds me of the debate I had with the late MPAA president Jack Valenti about “fair use” in the pages of VideoAge’s October 2000 Issue. But with a big difference. more»
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