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Aereo Suspends Streaming TV Service, Weighs Next Steps (Variety)
Following the Supreme Court’s ruling on Wednesday in favor of broadcasters, Aereo announced early Saturday that it was pausing its streaming TV service at 11:30 a.m. ET. “We have decided to pause our operations temporarily as we consult with the court and map out our next steps,” Aereo CEO and founder Chet Kanojia wrote in a letter to subscribers. Deadline Hollywood The Barry Diller-backed company plans to consult with the U.S. District Court in New York, hearing broadcasters’ complaint against it after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that the service violates station owners’ copyrights when it streams their over-the-air programming without permission. Users will receive a refund for their last paid month. Mediaite Notably, Kanojia calls the move a “pause” rather than a permanent end to operations, though it seems highly unlikely that the company will be able to move forward in any recognizable form following the decision. In an interview with Bloomberg TV earlier this year, he said the company had “no plan” to move forward if the court ruled against it. GigaOM Despite the obvious appeal of an Internet-based mobile TV service that offers a small bundle of channels, the TV industry is reluctant to change its current business model, which is based on selling large packages of channels, many of which consumers never watch. One option for Aereo may be to accept the Supreme Court’s declaration that it is a cable company, and seek a license from the broadcasters, although the economics of this might prove prohibitive. NYT The company had fewer than 500,000 subscribers in about a dozen metropolitan areas. Customers paid $8 to $12 a month to rent one of Aereo’s dime-size antennas that captured over-the-air television signals. They then could stream and record programs from major broadcasters using their mobile phones, tablets, laptops and Internet-connected televisions.

Transition Ahead for The View, as Two Hosts Depart (NYT)
The latest cast changes at ABC’s daily talk show The View may signal a more sweeping transition, as two hosts will depart by the end of the summer, and the new participants may include the show’s first permanent male host. Executives familiar with the changes said on Friday that the departures of Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy are part of a creative makeover planned in the wake of the retirement of the show’s creator and original star, Barbara Walters. TVNewser As speculation about who will replace Shepherd and McCarthy on The View grows, you can scratch at least one name off the list. MSNBC confirmed that there is no truth to the rumor that Mika Brzezinski could potentially be headed to the ABC chat show. Deadline Hollywood According to sources with knowledge of the situation, Shepherd’s decision was the result of unsuccessful contract-renewal talks — the two parties were too far apart. McCarthy, however, was destined to become the TV industry’s latest casualty of “a decision was made to move the show in a new direction creatively.” TheWrap Barbara Walters returned to The View Friday in a pre-taped segment that turned out to be her last with Shepherd and McCarthy before they announced their exits. In the segment, taped Wednesday, the former host talked about her interview with the UCSB shooter’s father, Peter Rodger. Shepherd and McCarthy said Thursday night they were leaving the show.

World Cup: 17 Million Facebook Users Come to Life During Group of Death, With 31 Million Interactions (AllFacebook)
The “Group of Death” at 2014 FIFA World Cup, Group G, wrapped up its games Thursday, with Germany and the U.S. moving on to the round of 16 following Germany’s 1-0 victory over the USA According to the Facebook Data Science Team, more than 17 million Facebook users were responsible for more than 31 million interactions (posts, comments and likes) during Thursday’s matches. In the U.S. alone, more than 3.8 million Facebook users accounted for more than 6 million interactions. Variety The match between the U.S. and Germany yielded its highest-ever online viewership — with 3.2 million live unique viewers — even though the heavy demand blocked many from accessing ESPN live stream. Univision Communications, which holds the Spanish-language World Cup broadcast rights in the U.S., reported a record 1.7 million unique viewers for its Internet stream of the USA-Germany content, with a peak of 750,000 concurrent live viewers, on its unauthenticated service. THR / The Live Feed Though it doesn’t quite compare to Sunday’s record-breaking game against Portugal, Team USA’s third appearance at the 2014 FIFA World Cup saw viewership surge again during Thursday’s early match with Germany — averaging 10.8 million viewers. The 1-0 loss came at quite an early hour for American audiences — with the game starting at noon ET/ 9 a.m. PT — one reason why it didn’t equal the audience of the previous game. An ideal Sunday evening kickoff time brought 18.2 million viewers to the cable network for USA-Portugal, making it the most watched soccer game in U.S. television history. Capital New York On Univision Deportes, some 3.4 million people tuned into Spanish-language broadcast of the USA-Germany game.