D.M. Levine
Loss of Starz Puts Netflix in a Bind Online video king faces down streaming content critics as competition grows

Netflix has a content problem. Last week, just as the company’s widely panned subscription price hike went into effect, Starz Entertainment announced that it would not renew its Netflix distribution…

September 6, 2011, 6:44 AM EDT

Starz Will End Netflix Partnership Negotiations over renewal break down

Netflix stock slumped in after-hours trading late today after Starz Entertainment announced that it will not renew its distribution deal with the movie rental website when its contract expires in…

September 1, 2011, 5:56 PM EDT

Fox Fires Back at Gawker Dismisses, but doesn't deny, story about Bill O'Reilly, his wife, and Nassau County cops

Fox News is firing back at Gawker for its Bill O’Reilly story. Earlier today, Gawker posted what it billed as a major exclusive—a story by John Cook claiming that prime-time…

August 30, 2011, 2:25 PM EDT

As Irene Approaches, Weather Channel Braces for Ratings Storm scare has benefits

In the community of media-world meteorologists, there seem to be two distinct schools of thought on how to report a hurricane. The Weather Channel sees a massive ratings bump in times…

August 26, 2011, 7:06 AM EDT

Hulu Buyer May Be Getting a Network, Not a Video Platform Original programs may replace hit shows

Hulu’s network partners—ABC, NBC and Fox—have had a famously ambivalent relationship with the video venture since its launch in 2008. Now, as Hulu readies itself for a sale with initial bids…

August 24, 2011, 7:07 AM EDT

MSNBC Late to the Qaddafi Party Less interested in Libya news than bear videos, at least this weekend

As rebel forces breached the walls of Tripoli yesterday, and Muammar el-Qaddafi’s brutal reign seemed poised for a spectacular collapse after months of civil war, American cable news outlets were…

August 22, 2011, 3:23 PM EDT

Joel Hyatt: 'A Natural Thing' to Reclaim CEO Title Current TV boss plays up network's tilt toward news

Current TV CEO Joel Hyatt says that the departure of his former co-chief Mark Rosenthal at the network a few weeks ago came amidst a broader push to revamp Current…

August 12, 2011, 6:15 AM EDT

Viacom, Cablevision Settle Suit Over iPad App MSO will continue to offer Viacom content on mobile devices

A short-run feud between Cablevision and Viacom has been resolved. Earlier today, the two companies announced that they will settle a lawsuit Viacom had filed against Cablevision over the MSO’s Optimum…

August 10, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

TBS Cancels 'George Lopez Tonight' Poor ratings no longer justified the expensive production

After ceding his 11 p.m. time slot to Conan O’Brien, comedian George Lopez is facing a far more significant indignity: cancelation. TBS on Wednesday confirmed that it has pulled the plug…

August 10, 2011, 4:18 PM EDT

AOL CEO Tim Armstrong
Mixed Quarter for AOL Slight rise in ad revenues, as Armstrong touts company's premium content

AOL chief Tim Armstrong says that he wants to build his company into one of the world’s leading media concerns. The road there is proving a little bumpy. In their Q2…

August 9, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT