Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Howard Stern: Will He Leave Sirius?

Will Howard sign his contract? Others at Sirius have committed. "Today, reports emerged that the latest on-air talent to re-sign with the satellite radio company are Opie and Anthony, who are said to have signed on for two more years. The company also appears to be close to finalizing a deal with the National Football League." It may be a negotiation ploy, but I think Howard will eventually re-sign. He can set his terms, develop new shows and reap the rewards of producing and not just being the online talent.

Check out the article and vote your prediction.

FilmOn Sued By Broadcasters

Historically, broadcasters have offered their signal over the air, free to homes. Their revenue came from advertising. Today, they still offer free, over the air, but they also are getting license fees from cable operators. So a site offering to redistribute free content to devices sounds promising for consumers, but problematic to the license fee model. "On Friday, CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against, which offers subscribers who pay $9.99 a month access to live high definition feeds of TV online. The suit follows a battle with another online streaming outfit ivi, Inc., dual moves that indicate the major broadcast networks are starting to get aggressive in policing the Internet for unauthorized transmissions."

Why let another company make money over your content? Broadcasters may be right in stopping and perhaps should kick themselves for not being more aggressive in bringing their content to online devices. Flo TV is dying, Slingbox is a stopgap solution. Broadcasters have not been proactive in getting their signals seen through wireless connections. FilmOn has simply discovered an opportunity to regain eyeballs for broadcasters. Perhaps better to partner with them instead of sue.