Morning Media Newsfeed: Dish Announces OTT Service | Wieseltier Joins The Atlantic

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Dish Announces OTT Service Featuring CNN, ESPN (LostRemote)
At CES Monday, there was big news for cord cutters. Dish announced Sling TV, a streaming service available for $20 a month. Ad Age The service will offer live feeds of sports, news and scripted shows on TVs, computers and mobile devices. Walt Disney Co.’s ESPN, Time Warner’s TNT and CNN and others have agreed to supply cable channels. Re/code Dish’s offering, which the company says will launch “soon,” also comes with the ability to add more networks for additional fees. Sling TV is a “personal subscription service,” which means you’ll only be able to watch it on a single device at a time. If you don’t want to watch the shows on your laptop or tablet, you’ll need a device that helps get Web TV to your flatscreen, like an Amazon Fire TV, a Roku box or an Xbox One; you’ll also be able to use a handful of Smart TVs that will support the service at launch. THR This is not an a la carte service (you can’t buy one channel at a time) and it will include the carriage of commercials. It also does not include local TV signals, which means there is no need for Sling TV to pay those huge retransmission license fees. Dish apparently was able to get rights to retransmit ESPN from the Walt Disney Company as part of a larger agreement worked out in May that included retransmission of ABC channels and cable services. It is unclear if all ESPN programming will be available day and date; and there are going to be some live programs that won’t be available on mobile due to a separate agreement Disney’s sports service has with Verizon. NYT Sling TV is part of a growing wave of offerings expected from tech, telecom and media companies in the coming year, posing a threat to the established television business, which takes in $170 billion a year. Meanwhile, the streaming outlets of Amazon, Hulu and Netflix continue to pour resources into developing more robust offerings. Sony, CBS and HBO and others are starting Internet-only subscription offerings.

Leon Wieseltier Joins The Atlantic (FishbowlNY)
Leon Wieseltier is joining The Atlantic as a contributing editor and critic. Wieseltier comes to The Atlantic from The New Republic, where he had been literary editor for the past 31 years. FishbowlDC At The Atlantic, Wieseltier will be reunited with his former colleague at The New Republic, Ann Hulbert, literary editor of the magazine. James Bennet, president and editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, announced on Monday that Wieseltier will write for both the magazine and the website. Poynter / MediaWire Wieseltier was among the first to announce his departure from The New Republic during a shakeup that included the ousting of then-editor Franklin Foer. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Both Wieseltier and Foer left the magazine in December amid disagreements with the magazine’s ownership, which has announced plans to rebrand the century-old institution as a “digital media company.” Their departure sparked the resignation of the majority of the magazine’s masthead and fierce protest from Washington’s political and media establishment.

Forbes Announces Media ’30 Under 30′ (Forbes)
Forbes has unveiled its annual “30 Under 30” lists. FishbowlNY Here are some who made the cut for the media list: Amy Odell, editor of Cosmopolitan.com; Kate Ward, managing editor of Bustle.com; Koda Wang, general manager, international, The Huffington Post; Jamelle Bouie, staff writer, Slate; Lori Adelman, executive director, Feministing; and Alexandra Cavoulacos, co-founder, The Muse. TVNewser Few on the list work in legacy media like television news — in fact, just two. Freddy Flaxman, COO for television at The Weather Company, is 29 and made the list for “executing a complete network overhaul” at The Weather Channel, including the launch of AMHQ with Sam Champion, and Kevin Roose, 27, co-executive producer at Fusion, will be co-producing a documentary series for the network focusing on “pockets of technology and futurism.” Forbes This year’s media list highlighted 18 women (the most ever).