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Oscar De La Hoya to Launch TV Channel

wsj.com — Boxer Oscar De La Hoya is launching De La Hoya TV, a Spanish-language sports and lifestyle channel aimed primarily at Hispanic men who follow boxing and other combat sports. To be a contender, he will need to land major distributors.

NFL, CBS Renew Their Thursday Night Football Partnership

wsj.com — The National Football League and CBS Corp. decided their Thursday night football partnership is working well enough to renew it for another season. The broadcaster will pay more than $300 million to renew the TV-rights deal, an increase from the $275 million the league got last season, according to a person familiar with the agreement.

NFL investigating whether Patriots deflated footballs

marketwatch.com — The National Football League said on Monday that it is investigating whether the New England Patriots deflated footballs during their AFC Championship Game win on Sunday over the Indianapolis Colts. League spokesman Michael Signora confirmed the investigation, but declined further comment on Monday. The Patriots didn't comment.

Dish, Fox News Reach Distribution Deal

wsj.com — Dish Network Corp. has reached a new distribution agreement with Fox News and is putting the channel back on its satellite-TV service, which has more than 14 million subscribers, the companies said. The multiyear agreement ends a three-week fight between Dish and Fox News parent company 21st Century Fox.

Horror-Film Master Slashes Price for TV Shows

wsj.com — Movie producer Jason Blum, best known for low-budget horror flicks like "The Purge," has agreed to make two new shows for NBCUniversal at a fraction of the usual cost, provided that the show gets an entire season and his company shares in profits down the road.

CBS’s Crime-Drama Dilemma: Declining Ratings

wsj.com — The whodunit crime dramas that CBS Corp. counts on to drive its broadcast network's prime-time lineup are dealing with an unexpected plot twist this season-declining ratings. The audience for "Elementary," a modern-day take on Sherlock Holmes, has shrunk by 15% compared with last season, according to Nielsen.

Netflix’s Sarandos on Nielsen: Ratings are Irrelevant

blogs.wsj.com — Netflix Netflix, whose originals include "Orange is the New Black," sees no reason to release ratings data. Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos dismissed Nielsen's efforts to try to measure viewership of the streaming service's content and reiterated that ratings are unimportant to the company.

CNBC to Stop Using Nielsen for Ratings

wsj.com — Financial news network CNBC will no longer rely on TV ratings specialist Nielsen to measure its daytime audience, beginning later this year. Instead, it has retained marketing and research firm Cogent Reports for the task. For years CNBC and its parent company, Comcast Corp.

Cable channels put movies on regular repeat

finance.yahoo.com — You'd think by now people might be tired of "The Hangover," the raunchy 2009 comedy about four guys and the bachelor party from hell. After all, the movie has run 72 times on HBO and Cinemax, 46 times on TBS and twice on TNT, not to mention video-on-demand and DVDs.

Cable channels put movies on regular repeat

marketwatch.com — You'd think by now people might be tired of "The Hangover," the 2009 raunchy comedy about four guys and the bachelor party from hell. After all, the movie has run 72 times on HBO and Cinemax, 46 times on TBS and twice on TNT not to mention video-on-demand and DVDs.
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Jan 25, 2015

@DavidPoland @brianstelter I do wish there was more questioning about the biz sense of all this for Amazon.

Jan 25, 2015

@brianstelter Because subtweeting is more fun. But you're right, should have just called you on it.

Jan 25, 2015

@brianstelter Because it's not for free. You have to be an Amazon Prime member.

Jan 25, 2015

Wow, didn't know Amazon would stream their movies for FREE just 6 weeks after theatrical debut. Learn something new every day. #sarcasm

Jan 25, 2015

Tired of annoying trait of TV anchors saying, "hmm" and "uh huh" while panelists are speaking as if to remind us they are still there.

Jan 25, 2015

RIP New York talk show legend Joe Franklin. Sadly, media consolidation has meant demise of these shows & characters. nytimes.com/2015/01/25/nyr…

Jan 24, 2015

Damn Jack Lambert! Still get teary when he makes that pick. Waddy wide open!!!!

Jan 24, 2015

Watching old NFL games and the players do this odd thing after they score. They give the ball to the ref and walk to sideline. How bizarre.

Jan 24, 2015

@74Celtics And yet I remember that game like it was yesterday but couldn't tell you who won the Super Bowl five years ago. Aging is so great

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