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Jul 17, 2012

Viacom blackout on DirecTV boosts Disney Channel

By Liana B. Baker and Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – Kids and their parents shut out from watching Viacom Inc’s Nickelodeon on DirecTV appear to be turning to The Disney Channel, which is enjoying a ratings boost that could help the network even after a fee dispute ends.

Ratings for Viacom-owned Nickelodeon fell 20 percent last week when two dozen Viacom networks came off the DirecTV satellite service a week ago due to a fight over programming fees, according to Bernstein Research analyst Todd Juenger.

Jul 14, 2012

Politics, economics weigh on moguls’ minds at Sun Valley

SUN VALLEY, Idaho, July 14 (Reuters) – The 30th edition of
the renowned Allen & Co media conference came to a close on
Saturday with executives focused on the impending U.S. election
as they heard from business and political leaders, including a
finale with Oprah Winfrey and Warren Buffett.

The annual summer retreat in Sun Valley is typically a venue
for dealmaking among media and technology companies, but the
transactions can take months to come to light. For now,
executives talked mostly politics to reporters on the sidelines,
given the approach of the Nov. 6 election and concerns about how
the outcome will affect the economy, deficits and debt.

Jul 13, 2012

Despite Turmoil, Murdoch family looks relaxed at Sun Valley

Sun Valley, Idaho (Reuters) – “Good morning, good morning,” was all Rupert Murdoch had to say to reporters on his way into the Friday morning sessions at Allen & Co’s annual media and technology conference in Sun Valley, Idaho.

The News Corp Chairman can be forgiven for his press shyness. After all, this is the second straight year he has attended the event while his $53 billion company is in turmoil.

Jul 12, 2012

Google CEO Page recovering, was in office this week

SUN VALLEY, Idaho, July 12 (Reuters) – Google Inc
CEO Larry Page, absent from the Internet company’s biggest
public events for weeks, is recovering from an unspecified
ailment that caused him to lose his voice and was in the office
on Monday, Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said.

Page has stayed out of the public eye since last month, when
he was a no-show at an annual shareholders’ meeting after having
“lost his voice,” Schmidt explained at the time. His prolonged
absence has raised questions about the health of the 39-year-old
Google co-founder and the mystery condition affecting his voice.

Jul 12, 2012

Media execs at Sun Valley weigh in on Diller’s Aereo win

SUN VALLEY, Idaho July 12 (Reuters) – Barry Diller, the
consummate Hollywood dealmaker who revamped the TV business in
the 1980s, is back in the media spotlight after a federal judge
threw out an injunction against Aereo, the online TV service he
backs.

Broadcasters including ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox had sought to
stop Aereo from streaming free-to-air programs to phones, tablet
computers and other devices for $12 a month. But on Wednesday
the judge rejected the bid, setting the stage for a trial.

Jul 12, 2012

Moguls at Sun Valley weigh in on Diller’s big Aereo win

SUN VALLEY, Idaho July 12 (Reuters) – Barry Diller, the
consummate Hollywood dealmaker who revamped the TV business in
the eighties, is back in the media spotlight after a New York
judge threw out an injunction against Aereo, the online TV
service he backs.

Broadcasters including ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox had sought to
stop Aereo from streaming free-to-air programs to phones, tablet
computers and other devices for just $12 a month. But the judge
on Tuesday rejected the bid, setting the stage for a trial.

Jul 12, 2012

Liberty’s Malone says he should get premium in Sirius deal

SUN VALLEY, Idaho, July 12 (Reuters) – Liberty Media Corp
Chairman John Malone has a message for Sirius XM Radio
boss Mel Karmazin: “Don’t forget about me.”

The two men have been locked in a battle for control of
Sirius, the satellite radio company that Karmazin runs, but
where Liberty ranks as controlling shareholder, with a 46
percent stake.

Jul 12, 2012

Liberty wants premium, not operating control of Sirius–Malone

SUN VALLEY, Idaho, July 12 (Reuters) – Liberty Media
may not take operating control of Sirius XM Radio
, but will insist on a premium in any spinoff of the
satellite company in which it holds a 46 percent stake, Chairman
John Malone said at the annual Allen & Co media and technology
in Sun Valley.

Malone intends to use Liberty’s stake to pressure for a
control premium in talks with Sirius Chief Executive Officer Mel
Karmazin, he told reporters outside the Idaho conference.

Jul 11, 2012

SpongeBob, Snooki, Jon Stewart go missing from DirecTV

SUN VALLEY, Idaho (Reuters) – The latest and most high-profile dispute between pay-TV distributors and content owners over the cost of programming pits DirecTV (DTV.O: Quote, Profile, Research) and Viacom Inc (VIAB.O: Quote, Profile, Research) against each other.

The two companies failed to reach a new contract before a midnight Tuesday deadline, and as a result Viacom asked DirecTV to black out Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and 14 other Viacom channels for its roughly 20 million subscribers.

Jul 11, 2012

DirecTV customers lose MTV, Nickelodeon, other channels

July 11 (Reuters) – DirecTV said its customers were
left without Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and 14 other
channels on Wednesday after Viacom Inc demanded that
its networks be dropped from DirectTV’s lineup in a dispute over
fees.

DirecTV, the largest U.S. satellite TV provider with nearly
20 million subscribers, said its executives had approached
Viacom with a new proposal and a request to continue
broadcasting the channels as talks proceeded, but received no
response.