April 20 at 11am ET

Sharyl Attkisson explains her resignation; Glenn Greenwald's first interview since Pulitzer announcement; Aereo’s CEO Chet Kanojia previews Supreme Court case.
HBO shows coming to Amazon ... not Netflix
April 23rd, 2014
10:30 AM ET

HBO shows coming to Amazon ... not Netflix

By Brian Stelter, CNN

Non-HBO subscribers will soon be able to watch some of the network's old TV shows, like "The Sopranos" and "The Wire," on Amazon Prime's streaming video service.

Amazon (AMZNFortune 500) described the deal as a first for HBO, which has a reputation for being tightfisted with its library of hit shows - even ones that stopped airing years ago.

The HBO shows will be a significant addition to Amazon Prime as it attempts to sign up more monthly subscribers.

The deal draws a bright line between old and new. The seasons of "Girls," "The Newsroom" and "Veep" that are premiering this year won't be available through Amazon Prime for approximately three years. That means if viewers want to stay current, they have to subscribe to cable television and HBO (or borrow a friend's HBO GO password).

Read more of Brian's article on CNN.com here. 

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Stephen Colbert visits David Letterman and new 'Late Show' home
April 23rd, 2014
08:45 AM ET

Stephen Colbert visits David Letterman and new 'Late Show' home

By Brian Stelter, CNN

(CNN) – CBS began to introduce the next host of the "Late Show," Stephen Colbert, by having current host David Letterman interview him and take a selfie together on Tuesday night.

Letterman called Colbert "always entertaining," "the new kid" and "my friend." What Letterman was saying, implicitly, was that he supported CBS's pick for his successor.

CBS announced that it had signed Colbert to a multiyear deal back on April 10, one week after Letterman revealed that he intends to retire in 2015.

Read more of Brian's article online here.

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AT&T, Chernin set sights on streaming video
April 22nd, 2014
08:30 PM ET

AT&T, Chernin set sights on streaming video

By Brian Stelter, CNN

Is AT&T preparing a new challenger to Netflix and Hulu?

On Tuesday the wireless company said it had entered into a new venture with former News Corporation president Peter Chernin for "over-the-top video services."

They're not talking specifics yet. But they're interested in the streaming video space to the tune of at least $500 million. That's how much money AT&T (ATT )and Chernin's media investment company, The Chernin Group, said they had initially committed to the venture.

With the $500 million, the companies will seek to invest in video-on-demand channels and streaming video services. These may be supported by advertising, likeGoogle (GOOGFortune 500)'s YouTube is, by subscription fees, like Netflix (NFLX)is, or by both, like Hulu is.

Read more of Brian's article on CNN.com here. 

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Supreme Court quizzes Aereo: Do TV streams break the law?
April 22nd, 2014
04:25 PM ET

Supreme Court quizzes Aereo: Do TV streams break the law?

By Brian Stelter, CNN

In high-stakes arguments on Tuesday, the Supreme Court's justices challenged an attorney for Aereo to defend the legality of the television streaming service and explain the logic underpinning it.

The arguments summarized two years of legal tussling between Aereo, which provides streams of local television stations to paying subscribers, and the owners of those stations.

The TV station owners, major media companies like Disney and CBS, say that Aereo is violating copyright by allowing "public performances" of shows. Aereo says it is only enabling private screenings, just like off-the-shelf TV antennas do.

Several of the justices, in their questioning, repeatedly expressed concerns that a broad ruling against Aereowould imperil the nascent cloud computing industry because of how Aereo works. They seemed to search for a way to avoid that outcome.

Read more of Brian's article on CNN.com here. 


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What the heck is Aereo, anyway?
April 21st, 2014
05:15 PM ET

What the heck is Aereo, anyway?

By Brian Stelter, CNN

Aereo is a streaming video service that costs $8 a month. It is a new way to watch and record shows on local television stations.

Now Aereo's legality is before the Supreme Court. Is it, as Aereo argues, a legal and innovative way for consumers to get more control over how they watch TV? Or is it what some of the country's biggest broadcast networks say - a business built on a blatant violation of copyright law?

How does it work? Using thousands of miniature TV antennas, Aereo scoops up the freely available signals of local stations. Then it delivers the signals to smart phones, tablets or computers via the Internet. Subscribers pick what to watch through a traditional on-screen guide. They can also record shows and stream them later.

Where is Aereo available? Aereo started in the New York City metropolitan area. It is now online in New York and 10 other markets, including Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Detroit, and Miami.

Read more of Brian's article on CNN.com here. 

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April 21st, 2014
02:02 PM ET

From Brian: 7 takeaways from April 20 show

If you weren't able to tune in on Sunday, here were some of the moments that really stood out to me:

1. We led Sunday's show with Sharyl Attkisson's story. Attkisson, a veteran CBS News investigative correspondent, resigned in March because she said she was having a harder and harder time getting her stories onto the air. In an interview, she seemed to blame a mix of political and corporate considerations, and suggested that her former bosses shied away from tough stories:

"In general, there was a pattern of more - many more stories in recent years being embraced if they were seen as being positive to government, the administration and even certain corporations, that if they were stories that were pitched that could be perceived as negative to government, administration and certain corporations."

Attkisson also said some managers at CBS "do often seem to feel defensive about - almost personally defensive about - stories that could make the government look bad." Here are parts one and two of the interview.

2. The Attkisson interview generated quite a bit of attention - here are a few of the followup news stories:

    - The Hollywood Reporter: Sharyl Attkisson: CBS News Resistant Toward Criticizing Government, Corporations
    - Town Hall: Attkisson: Some CBS Bosses Seemed 'Personally Defensive' of the Obama Administration
    - RealClearPolitics: Sharyl Attkisson: Media Matters May Have Been Paid To Attack Me
    - Mediaite: Media Matters Responds to Attkisson: Criticism ‘Based Only on her Shoddy Reporting’

3. "I think there was an expectation that the [Pulitzer Prize] committee had to recognize the reporting in one way or another, and the question was going to be how. So to learn that it was a Public Service award and that it was given to The Guardian and to The Washington Post for the work that we had done was really gratifying, because I think that is what the idea was - that we were always trying to fulfill - which was doing the reporting in public service." –Glenn Greenwald on the Pulitzer win for NSA surveillance stories FULL POST


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Supreme Court case could change how you watch TV
April 21st, 2014
11:55 AM ET

Supreme Court case could change how you watch TV

By Brian Stelter, CNN

A two-year-long legal battle between the country's biggest broadcasters and a startup called Aereo is about to culminate at theU.S. Supreme Court.

The court's decision, expected sometime this summer, could have far-reaching implications for television and technology companies - and ultimately on how people watch TV programs.

That's because Aereo brings up crucial questions about copyright law and threatens to disrupt lucrative business models.

The court will hear arguments in the case on Tuesday morning. Legal experts are divided about the most likely outcome. But Aereo is undeniably the underdog, opposed by the owners of virtually all the major media companies in the United States.

Read more of Brian's article on CNN.com here. 

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April 20th, 2014
12:29 PM ET

The David and Goliath of television

As his company prepares to go before the Supreme Court to fight for their existence, Aereo founder and CEO Chet Kanojia tells Brian Stelter why his streaming television service is legal.


Filed under: Blog • Reliable Sources • Supreme Court
April 20th, 2014
12:28 PM ET

Red News/Blue News: Obama vs. Putin

Former State Department spokesman Jamie Rubin on the competing portrayals of presidents Obama and Putin by liberal and conservative media.


Filed under: Blog • Red News/Blue News • Reliable Sources
April 20th, 2014
12:26 PM ET

Exclusive: Glenn Greenwald reacts to Pulitzer Prize victory

Back in the United States and now a Pulitzer Prize winner for his reporting on Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald joins Brian Stelter for an exclusive interview.

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