Aereo Calls Bluff on Fox and CBS

Looks like Aereo has complete faith that broadcast networks like Fox and CBS will not pull its broadcast signals off the air.

The startup company is confident that the networks will stay on the air because of the billions of dollars in ad revenue the networks will be giving up. Apparently, broadcast advertising undermines cable advertising because the audiences are bigger. Also, the idea of broadcast moving to cable is a move that would have to be approved by Congress.

So why would the broadcast networks want to pull its programming off the air? Simply because of Aereo.

Just a refresher, Aereo is a startup company that shows live streaming of shows online. The problem is that the company is not paying the retransmission fees other TV providers are paying. So it is virtually stealing programing and playing it online without the broadcasters permission. Currently the issue is in court.

CBS came to the defense of the statement Aereo made about losing billions in ad revenue saying,

“’More than 85 percent of our viewers already receive their signal from a pay-TV service, Ender said yesterday in an e- mailed response to Kanojia’s remarks. ‘CBS could serve the remaining 15 percent in a variety of legitimate ways. We don’t believe it’s going to come to that in any event.’”

At first I thought the broadcast networks may have been bluffing, but I think that the networks are just feed up. The idea of a startup winning one over on the networks is just a crazy thought. I have no doubt in what these broadcast companies can do or will do, but I don’t believe it will get that far. The companies are really going to have to go through many obstacles to have the chance to switch to cable, especially being that the networks are a vital importance to our society today in entertaining and informing viewers at a next to nothing cost for people without cable.


When is Fox not in Trouble for Discrimination…


Jerry Davis, a former Fox Sports executive, is suing Fox Sports, Fox Cable Network Services, Fox Sports Net, and Fox Networks Group for discrimination. For 15 years, Davis has claim that Fox Sports has discriminated against him as a black man and have not promoted him.

He has worked as a director in the Fox Sports department and has been passed four times for the senior position. He claims that there are at least 34 employees at or above the vice president level and none are black and have never been black within the 19 years the division has existed.

I have one view on Fox and I think most people have that view, which is that Fox is openly bias. I have learned this time and time again in my journalism classes. I have actually watched Fox News a few times and have seen the bias compared to other stations. To defend Fox in a certain light, it is not the only network that is openly bias or obviously bias, but it’s in a way funny to watch Fox and compare it with other news.

It does not surprise me that Davis was not promoted within the Fox department, just because its Fox. The company has continuously been dealing with racism allegations for years.

But virtually most corporation’s executive levels do not have minorities.

Maybe it is a continued trend…