Sports report: Conflict ahead

As sports viewing increasingly goes over-the-top and mobile, taking the traditional broadcast audience with it, big-ticket, broadcast-only rights deals are going to grow increasingly problematic for the broadcasters.

Bundles of joy

A report released by Needham & Co. senior entertainment and internet analyst Laura Martin argues not only that the current, multichannel pay-TV bundle is a good deal for consumers but that eliminating it by offering channels ala carte would be catastrophic for the TV ecosystem.

A la carte TV a tough sell on the Hill

Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) Television Consumer Freedom Act bill, which would give consumers the option to buy channels on an a la carte basis instead of in tiers, got its first airing before the Senate Commerce Committee Tuesday but it didn’t find a lot of takers.

Aereo: Skinny live, deep library

Aereo has no plans to start recreating the full pay-TV bundle by layering on channels that predominantly carry programming for which live access adds little value.