sports in the spotlight
Posted by Dale Buss on July 26, 2013 05:14 PM
ESPN may have a 30-year head start on Fox Sports 1, but the new 21st Century Fox-owned, startup TV-sports network will have—well, "jockularity."
Rupert Murdoch has long taken on quests that others see as unrealistic, and none may be more so than the global media titan's bid to finally give some serious competition in the US sports-programming genre to Walt Disney's ESPN. Other giants—including Comcast Corp.'s NBC and CBS—have tried and are continuing to try to chip away at ESPN's estimated $10 billion stranglehold on American TV-sports fans, but Fox's bid appears to be the most serious yet.
Fox Sports 1 will debut on August 17 with a passel of crucial live-sports programming rights—for Nascar, Major League Baseball games starting next year, and some college football and basketball, as well as Fox's huge place in NFL broadcasts—the requisite stable of ex-jocks, some experienced sports broadcasters, and a different attitude than ESPN.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 4, 2013 09:31 AM
Samsung could call its line of wearable tech Samsung Gear, according to trademark filings.
Tiffany & Co. is the preferred jewelry brand of wealthy women, according to a survey by The Luxury Institute.
Maserati plans to launch "entry-level" sedan.
Brother touts big things in small printers.
Deoleo stakes for sale as Spanish banks seek exit from olive-oil giant.
Deutsche Bank is warned about brokerage operations by South Korea.
New England Patriots reveal new, streamlined logo.
Rupert Murdoch vows revenge against UK police in secret recording.
Pepsi is rapped by environmental group over health dangers of caramel coloring.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on June 14, 2013 09:18 AM
Microsoft and Best Buy plan mini "Windows Stores."
Amtrak hires esteemed chefs to ramp up its train food.
YouTube becomes overwhelming platform for fan-made branded content.
US Supreme Court strikes down gene patents.
Airbus lifts A350 to maiden flight ahead of schedule even as it copes with losses from aircraft's predecessor model.
Arby's franchisees helped get CMO ousted.
Audi is top choice of marriage cheaters in UK, survey says.
BMI sues Pandora over fees.
Bloomberg sees reporters' practices become critical issue for company.
Cadillac boosts sticker on new CTS by whopping $6,000.
Chevrolet believes racing on Sunday still sells on Monday.
Chrysler recalls sprinkling of trucks, Darts.Continue reading...
Posted by Alicia Ciccone on May 28, 2013 01:21 PM
Following the official split of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. into separate news and entertainment companies, the man in charge has unveiled the new logo for its News division—one that's very familiar to the Aussie media mogul.
The delicate script logo is based off of the handwriting of Rupert Murdoch himself along with that of his father, according to a company memo sent by CEO Robert Thomson. "The name is historic and the script is based on the writing of Rupert and his father, who have provided us all with not only a name, but a remarkable professional platform," Thomson wrote.
Earlier this month, the company revealed the name and logo for its independent entertainment division, which will be called 21st Century Fox following the spin-off. The name and logo are a clean update on the existing identity of News Corp's iconic Twentieth Century Fox brand.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on May 10, 2013 09:20 AM
YouTube launches paid channels after rumors swirled earlier this week about subscription partners.
ESPN may subsidize wireless-data plans.
JPMorgan Chase is sued by California over credit-card cases.
AT&T returns to chatty kids for Mother's Day ads.
Amazon is reportedly developing a smartphone with 3-D screen.
Caterpillar and union suspend talks.
Chrysler faces uphill climb for Jeep in China.
Costco now offers travel packages to members.
Dell may see rival bid by Carl Icahn group.
Delta sees new terminal as symbol of air-travel makeover.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on April 9, 2013 03:09 PM
The $60 billion-a-year television broadcast industry is up for grabs as billionaire magnates Barry Diller and Rupert Murdoch square off as consumers continue to cut ties with traditional TV services.
While attending the National Association of Broadcasters conference in Las Vegas this week, News Corp.'s COO Chase Carey threatened it may end Fox’s 26-year run as a free broadcast channel if US courts continue to allow the Diller-backed Internet startup Aereo to retransmit broadcast programming for free.
News Corp. and Aereo are goalposts at opposite ends of the television playing field. The former pays billions for quality content ranging from NFL games to The Simpsons, Glee, The Following and New Girl. Aereo pays nothing for content that it captures from over-the-air broadcast TV signals via small antennas, which it delivers to computers and smartphones—comparatively cheaply.
News Corp., defending its fee model for cable and satellite companies, says it is willing to lose viewers and switch to a pay-TV-only offering to undermine and protest Aereo.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on April 9, 2013 09:03 AM
Aereo TV streaming service from Barry Diller faces showdown with News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch, who threatens to take FOX cable-only, as Intel cooks up its vision of future of TV.
Apple, which can now trademark iPad mini in U.S. and captured 74% of mobile app revenue in Q1, reportedly will release new iPhone 5S in "at least" two screen sizes.
Billabong in talks to sell out for $300 million.
Airbus juggles order book to meet record demand for A320neo Jet.
AT&T joins Boeing in backing U.S. cyber bill facing privacy fight.
Audi promotes in-vehicle Wi-Fi in new TV campaign.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on March 18, 2013 09:11 AM
Samsung appoints co-CEOs.
Wall Street Journal was subject of Justice Department investigation tied to News Corp. hacking scandals.
Nike is propelled by basketball shoes and ties to NFL.
Adidas brings girls together in new worldwide social-media program.
Apple's next iPhone may be unlockable by fingerprint.
Beechcraft is dealt a new setback by Pentagon in Afghan contract.
BuzzFeed plans to launch a business section.
Chrysler plans to launch an all-new version of the Chrysler 200.Continue reading...