Here's some news that has broader implications for genre TV and TV as a whole. The beginning of the end for ad-supported TV? (AKA, Firefly's revenge.)
This would be a nuclear option for News Corp, which owns 27 TV stations and serves dozens of affiliates. But the company COO’s threat to take Fox off the public airwaves — made today at the NAB annual confab in Las Vegas — suggests how deeply concerned broadcast moguls are about the possibility that they might lose their legal battle against Aereo, and how much that could undermine their ability to extract retransmission consent fees from cable and satellite providers.
Bernstein Research analyst Todd Juenger says that the economics of ditching local TV are “seductive.” Fox theoretically could benefit by allowing the FCC to auction off its stations’ airwave spectrum to wireless broadband providers; the agency says it will share proceeds with stations that participate.
Aereo or no aereo, the writing is on the wall. Ad-supported TV is losing its struggle to compete with cable and streaming, which have the advantage of subscription revenues and the luxury of catering to niche tastes. Firefly
was the future, ya dopes!
Maybe he's just crying and bluffing now, but this isn't the end of the story.