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Best of the Blogs, Media: Sports Illustrated Coming to a Television Near You


Plus, Dish and AMC break up.

MINYANVILLE ORIGINAL This column highlights the most interesting and useful financial commentary on media from around the Web every Monday.

The New York Times: Media Decoder
Link: Sports Illustrated to Start Monthly TV Show With NBC

"As Sports Illustrated (TWX) magazine tries to trim its budget and cut its editorial staff, it is expanding in television. On Monday, it announced it is teaming up with the NBC Sports Group (GE) to produce a monthly television show called 'Sports Illustrated.'"

Link: AMC: "Dish Never Even Talked Rates with Us"

"Thought: Maybe AMC Networks (AMCX) shouldn't have waited until Dish Network (DISH) actually pulled its channels off its service to take this punch.

"But punch the cable programmer did just after midnight Eastern time, releasing a statement that doesn't beat around the bush. The upshot: AMC Networks claims Dish's decision to end carriage of AMC, IFC, and WE TV has little to do with proposed carriage-rate increases and everything to do with an ongoing $2.5 billion breach-of-contract suit currently standing between the two companies."

Link: YouTube Is Developing a Secret Weapon Against the Internet's Worst Commenters

"Long considered home to the worst commenters on the internet - racist, cruel, idiotic, nonsensical, and barely literate - YouTube (GOOG) is in the process of upgrading its comment system in order to better tame its most loathsome members."

Link: Beats Acquires MOG for 'End-to-End Music Experience'

"Beats Electronics - the guys behind Dr. Dre's über-popular headphones - have agreed to acquire subscription music service MOG.

"Reports of Beats interest in MOG first appeared in March. Beats Electronics, which is majority-owned by HTC (2498.TW) says that the acquisition will help the company create a 'truly end-to-end music experience.'"

Digital Music News
Link: How Big Is Universal Music Group? It Depends Who's Asking...

"So, mine is smaller than yours? Seems like an extraordinary utterance in the ego-heavy world of the major label. But faced with a seriously lopsided, post-merger marketshare, Universal Music Group now appears to be taking active steps to reduce its perceived size - and win deal approval. Which could ultimately mean a shift away from counting indie recordings that it merely distributes, but doesn't actually control."
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