Morning Media Newsfeed: Dish, FNC Reach Deal | Local Stations Test Drones

Dish and Fox News Channel reach a deal. Local station groups to test drones for newsgathering. These stories and more in today's Morning Media Newsfeed

Dish, Fox News Channel Reach Deal (TVNewser)
Dish Network and Fox News have announced a multi-year agreement for carriage of Fox News Channel and Fox Business. The networks were pulled from Dish on Dec. 21, after the two companies could not come to an agreement. THR The pact covers a multi-year agreement for carriage of both Fox News Channel and Fox Business Channel. Terms were not disclosed. GigaOM When Fox News and Fox Business went dark on Dish last month, Dish complained that Fox was trying to add other channels to the bundle that hadn’t been part of the original agreement. “It’s like we’re about to close on a house and the realtor is trying to make us buy a new car as well,” said Dish’s senior vice president of programming Warren Schlichting back then. It’s unclear whether the new agreement includes any of those additional channels, or just the two channels that went off the air in December. Variety The new deal does not include any agreement to have the two cable networks distributed through Dish’s new broadband-distributed Sling TV service, according to a person familiar with negotiations. As part of the pact, both networks will be on the same pricing tier and Fox News is expected to fetch more than $1.50 per subscriber per month. Mediaite Just this week, Fox News had raised the stakes of its campaign to get viewers to drop Dish and switch to other pay-TV providers, enlisting star anchors Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly to appear in an ad that accused Dish of “censoring” Fox’s content. “They’re censoring what you see,” O’Reilly said to viewers in the ad. “Enough is enough.”

Local Station Groups Helping Test Drones for News Gathering (TVSpy)
Virginia Tech is working with 10 news organizations as part of a coalition safety testing drones in news gathering. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The New York Times, The Associated Press, The Washington Post, NBCUniversal, Gannett Co., Getty Images, The E.W. Scripps Company and Sinclair Broadcast Group are part of the coalition that will work with the university to test the safety of real-life scenarios where a media organization would want to gather news. NYT The partnership, the companies said in a statement, is “designed to conduct controlled safety testing of a series of real-life scenarios where the news media could use small U.A.S. technology to gather the news.” The college is one of six sites designated by the Federal Aviation Administration for testing of unmanned aircraft systems, or U.A.S. Capital New York On Monday, CNN, which already works on drone research with the Georgia Tech Research Institute, signed a deal with the Federal Aviation Administration, the government agency that regulates small unmanned aircraft systems.

NBCUniversal Is Using Big Data to Launch Its Audience Targeting Platform (Adweek)
After 18 months of development, NBCUniversal is leveraging third- and first-party data to create what the company is calling its Audience Targeting Platform. THR / The Live Feed At the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Thursday, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment announced that its entire suite of networks will now be holding off on ratings reporting until “live +3” measurements (which include DVR and on-demand) are factored in. Those networks include Bravo Media, E! Entertainment, Esquire Network, Oxygen Media, Sprout, Syfy and USA Network. Variety This large group of networks joins FX, which last year became the first network to move away from “same-day” ratings and use “live +3″ as a starting point for disseminating numbers to the press. Premium cablers HBO and Showtime have also adopted this stance. Deadline “Increasingly, ‘live+3’ metrics are a more accurate reflection of the performance, appeal and reach of our networks’ original programs,” said Liz Mahaffey, EVP, brand strategy for NBCU Cable Entertainment.