After the coffee. Before accepting that I have to work this weekend.
The Skinny: I've never been one to get excited by meeting famous people but I did get a little thrill out of chatting with Dave Grohl on Thursday about Washington, D.C., back in the 1980s. He seemed very genuine. Today's roundup includes the weekend box office preview and Aereo's latest effort to stay alive. Also, Netflix tries to put heat on the broadband providers it needs to deliver its product.
Daily Dose: The Federal Communications Commission has set the timetable for its six-month review of Comcast's proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable. The deal has gotten a lot of attention from media watchdogs, consumer activists and even some competing companies who fear it will make Comcast too big and powerful. Everyone can have their say about it at the FCC starting Aug. 25. The FCC is expected to issue a decision on the Comcast deal in early 2015.
Going ape. Industry insiders think people are going to go bananas for "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," the sequel to 2011's "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." The movie, which is getting good reviews, should take in around $65 million. That should be more than enough to knock "Transformers" out of the top spot. Weekend box office previews from the Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter.
Hail Mary pass. Aereo thinks it's found a way to keep going in spite of last month's Supreme Court ruling that the start-up service that streams local TV signals over the Internet via remote antennas is in violation of the Copyright Act. The high court ruled Aereo is not an antenna service (which is what Aereo argued it was) but is more like a traditional cable system that has to comply with copyright law. Now Aereo says it will apply to pay copyright royalties for the content it carries. What Aereo is really hoping is that the Federal Communications Commission doesn't see it as a cable system. If that happens, it would be required to pay broadcasters to carry their local signals, a financial burden that would likely force it to shut down. Analysis on Aereo's latest move from the Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal.
Netflix on the offense. Neflix got more than 30 Emmy nominations Thursday thanks to "House of Cards" and "Orange Is the New Black." But becoming a viable platform for original content is only half of Netflix's battle. It is also in a bitter fight with some of the nation's biggest broadband providers including Comcast and Verizon over how its content gets delivered. Netflix has reluctantly struck deals to ensure speedier and cleaner transmissions of its product to consumers but it is working hard in Washington to try to get regulators and lawmakers to lend it a hand. The Washington Post on Netflix.
They have to get you somehow. Since viewers can now record shows and fast-forward through the commercials or go old school and just run to the bathroom during ad breaks, networks have to find new ways to promote their content. Sprout, a kids network, is promoting its new series "Astroblast!" by literally having its characters break into another show and start talking about it on screen. Think of it as taking those annoying promotion bugs at the bottom of the screen to the next level. Variety on Sprout's innovative (or is it annoying?) promotional effort.
The movie stunk, but man, that production company had a nice logo! The iconic MGM Lion is getting some company. More and more production companies are designing elaborate logos in the hopes of standing out on the big screen, according to the New York Times. I appreciate a good looking logo as much as anyone but we live in an era where most moviegoers are either talking to each other before the movie starts or looking at their phones. Spend the money on the scripts.
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