The battle of the networks vs. cable providers reached a boiling point last night, when some 14 million viewers subscribed to DISH Networks were unable to watch the fifth season premiere of AMC’s highly popular, uplifting show about overcoming cancer with meth labs, Breaking Bad.
Whether negotiations between DISH and AMC broke down because of a breach of contract (says AMC) or because the network was charging too much for its service (says Dish), the outcome is hurtful to both parties. The ratings for Breaking Bad will be skewed negatively in the short term, since Nielsen only counts people who watch Walt and Jesse make meth during their original time-slot.
Meanwhile, AMC is enticing viewers away from DISH Networks with some pretty clever tactics.
Several of us watching Jersey Shore reruns last night suffered a rude shock when DirecTv rudely cut off our programming at midnight. Of course, we had been warned–a vague phone call earlier in the day, a hushed, automated voice telling us to call back our service provider, which we didn’t because we thought they were going to try to upgrade us again– but DirecTv’s inability to negotiate with Viacom portends a summer of bad news, television-wise.
No matter who you pick to serve up your TV, it looks like you’ll be getting screwed. Here’s how it breaks down.
The Lease Beat
A Trinity Real Estate-owned Hudson Square office building has reached 100 percent occupancy after it lured NYU-Poly Varick Street Incubator away from another Trinity-owned building into a bigger space, signed Paik Architecture PLLC to new office space, and agreed to give current tenant Unity Construction Development additional space, The Commercial Observer has learned.
Having met maximum capacity, 137 Varick Street now has an eclectic collection of tenants that range from Alexander Gorlin Architects, online job search company TheLadders, and Scott Jordan Furniture.
The same year that Times Square became Times Square, the Astor Hotel opened for business. It was 1904, and The New York Times had just arrived in the neighborhood, erecting its headquarters on West 43rd Street. Like the paper of record of that day, The New York Herald, The Times wanted to paste Read More
Earlier this summer, when Brian Graden announced in an email to colleagues that he would be stepping down as the president of entertainment at MTV Networks at the end of the year, he didn’t cite the reasons typically invoked by media executives on their way out the door. He wasn’t starting a Huffington Post–meets–something-or-other Internet Read More
Hearst Corporation, ABC News, Marc Jacobs and oil and gas billionaire David Koch have all canceled their holiday parties. (Barry Diller, the CEO of the media conglomerate IAC, however, has not.)
In a handy little slideshow, The Business Sheet looks back to last year and Read More
On Sept. 17, The Observer‘s Dana Rubinstein reported that Viacom would re-up for a chunk of SL Green’s 1515 Broadway, where the entertainment giant has over 1 million square feet of space under lease until 2010. The Post‘s Steve Cuozzo reports this morning that the re-up will keep Viacom in that 1 Read More
Last Thursday, at the Audit Bureau of Circulations’ annual conference, Mayor Michael Bloomberg dropped by the Waldorf-Astoria to deliver brief remarks to a ballroom about two-thirds full. Having just finished with a press conference on the fiscal crisis, he targeted his opening joke at The New York Times with a quip that seemed to capture Read More
Yesterday the legal teams for Dan Rather and CBS appeared in New York Supreme Court, where they told Justice Ira Gammerman that the two sides had more or less agreed on terms for the discovery process moving forward in Mr. Rather’s $70 million suit against his former bosses.
On Wednesday afternoon, Jim Read More
If you live in the east 60′s and you like sleeping in on Saturday mornings — too bad.
For the third Saturday in a row, locals were awoken by the shouts of protesters outside the E.65th street mansion of Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman. The group, which calls itself the Campaign for Corporate Responsibility in Entertainment, Read More