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  • USTA filed in the D.C. Circuit, while Alamo filed in the 5th Circuit - a court that is typically more hostile to the FCC.
  • to avoid confusion the statute says that any petitions filed within the first 10 days will be considered filed simultaneously.


    Yesterday was 10 days after the Order was issued

  • Doesn’t This Automatically Go To The D.C. Circuit Because Of The Verizon Case?

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  • After the deal met opposition from two federal agencies, Comcast is now planning to drop its offer. What explains the change from inevitability to sudden failure?
  • the real story lies in the Justice Department’s gradual adoption of an important, if somewhat novel, antitrust theory, which has been adapted to consider how business is done on the Internet.
  • Because the two serve different regions of the United States, Comcast insisted, they are not actually direct competitors

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  • Money worries — not gaming or YouTube — are responsible for the decline in younger moviegoers, AMC Entertainment CEO Gerry Lopez told Variety this week at CinemaCon.
  • It’s not just the rising costs of cellphone or cable bills that are eating into discretionary spending. There are macro-economic trends at play, he stressed
  • Studies show that wages have stagnated or declined over the past 35 years. At the same time, college loan debt has reached punishing levels

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  • Campos claims that aggregate state higher education funding is in fact skyrocketing, citing its rise from $11.1 billion in 1960 to $86.6 billion in 2009. Neglecting the reality that state funding has since declined to $78.8 billion, as of 2013, the huge flaw with his claim is that it ignores the equally rapid rise in enrollment at public universities, whose population has grown nearly 500 percent, from 2.5 million students in 1961 to nearly 15 million in 2013. Campos ignores this huge increase, despite the fact that nearly every reputable expert on higher education reports funding in per-student terms, and for good reason: because ignoring it would be irresponsible. 
  • Higher education is a particularly expensive service to provide because, as economists like to say, it benefits from few efficiencies of scale: that is, the “per-unit” cost of producing a lot of higher education is roughly the same as producing a small amount.

  • it is unclear if Netflix will be involved with the new season. Grazer did not mention the streaming service in his interview, and the company declined to comment on the new episodes. 

  • “Because Netflix’s services are not connected to any ‘actual, physical place[],’ Netflix is not subject to the ADA,” a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled.

  • HBO is deepening its relationship with Vice Media. 


    The cable network announced Thursday morning it will launch a Vice daily newscast as part of a new deal with the edgy, youth-oriented media brand,

  • The deal also gives the Shane Smith-led company a Vice channel on the new HBO Now stand-alone streaming service when it launches April 12. 

  • Netflix, Amazon and Hulu have suddenly found themselves playing a new role: the establishment.
  • HBO, Apple, Sony, Dish and other companies that were once challenged by services like Netflix have stormed onto the field in recent weeks
  • Netflix is framing HBO’s push into streaming as less a competitive threat and more a validation of Netflix’s own philosophy for Internet television.

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  • And then the emails with her and Rudin. God forbid anybody got in my emails or anybody's email. Everybody jokes around and has fun at the expense of others, no matter if it's on race or religion or just somebody they don't like. We all do that back and forth.
  • Right now, the theaters have a stranglehold on the studios, where they take a piece of the films and take concessions. If I ran a studio, I would flip that. You want to show my films? You pay me, and I'm going to take a piece of your concessions. And I would also release the films day-and-date and make them available for streaming and charge a premium, $50, $60, $70, $80, whatever the market will bear.
  • Spacey told THR that he's seen the closely guarded House of Cards ratings. Have you seen them, too?


    No, and I don't think he's seen them. Maybe Ted [Sarandos] told him what they were. They're pretty tight-lipped on that one. I love that Netflix does that because f— everybody. As long as their subscribers are happy.

  • Andreeva explored the idea that because of the television industry’s hasty, enthusiastic embrace of actors of color following an uptick in successful shows starring them, networks have shut white actors out of 2015 pilot opportunities.
  • Oh, also there was the issue of the entire premise of the article, which basically posits that actors such as Wesley Snipes, Anika Noni Rose, and Rockmond Dunbar are being cast in roles they don’t necessarily deserve to fulfill a racial quota.
  • After four days without comment, Mike Fleming Jr., Deadline’s other co-editor-in-chief, has responded with an apology

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  • Okay fine, if we have to come out and say it, Hollywood is unsettled by the influx of “ethnic actors” on television. But it’s not about prejudice or anything like that. People are justifiably concerned about property values!
  • That’s more or less the thesis of Nellie Andreeva’s trend piece, Pilots 2015: The Year Of Ethnic Castings—About Time Or Too Much Of A Good Thing?, which is a reasonable headline since the clicks aren’t going to bait themselves.
  • Andreeva apparently believes there’s no good reason to designate roles for non-white actors once a quota is met or the market is saturated, especially when it leaves so few opportunities for white actors who can more reliably ensure a television show’s commercial success

  • There was a noticeable shift toward minority castings last season, with more parts opening up to ethnic actors, a casting term used for non-Caucasian thesps
  • he big trend this pilot casting season was the huge spike in the number and prominence of roles that went to minority actors.
  • A lot of what is happening right now is long overdue. The TV and film superhero ranks have been overly white for too long,

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  • the big takeaway here is that Verizon's service theoretically could be priced at zero
  • AT&T, for example, already offers an Internet plan that gives you a discount in exchange for letting the company see your browsing history.
  • As Google Fiber has learned, paying for programming is a pricey business.
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