The Morning Fix: The teen view on media use; ABC's Jackson deal; HBO and Comcast's deal, Bruno gets close shave
After the coffee. Before plotting to leave work early to watch the All-Star game.
Out of the mouth of babes. A 15 year-old summer intern at Morgan Stanley's London office is making waves with his in-depth analysis of media consumption by teenagers. Among the highlights: Teens don't Twitter (my niece already told me that) and they find online advertising incredibly annoying (don't we all). Details from The Financial Times and The Guardian. Teens won't read those articles either.
Amazon + Netflix? The rumor mill was swirling yesterday with talk about Amazon looking to buy Netflix. While on the surface such a pairing may seem a little odd, it's not as crazy as it seems, reports The Los Angeles Times' David Sarno. Kara Swisher of The Wall Street Journal's All Things Digital thinks that Microsoft is a better fit for Netflix.
It's not broadband, it's HBO. Cable giant Comcast has signed up HBO for its "OnDemand Online" test in which subscribers can watch the pay channel's content online provided they already pay for it on cable - and can prove it. Broadcasting & Cable.
Shrinking Star. The Hollywood Reporter reports that News Corp. is cutting and consolidating at Star TV, its Asian television unit. The Reporter says that Star COO Laureen Ong, who had been there for two years after running the National Geographic Channel here, has been "effectively pink-slipped."
Pay for an interview? Never. ABC News says it did not pay Jackson family patriarch Joe Jackson for an interview. The network did cut a $200,000 check for some video footage though. The Los Angeles Times.
Grim reality. There are consequences for children whose lives get exposed on reality TV, says The Wrap.
Back in action. Bob Woodruff, the ABC News anchor who was severely wounded in Iraq three years ago is returning there for the first time. He is on a reporting trip with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and will focus on new technologies used to better fight injuries, says The New York Times.
Inside the Los Angeles Times: "Bruno" gets toned down for Britain. Blockbuster beefs up on-demand with Samsung deal. A closer look at "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest's big deal and what it could mean for Simon Cowell.
-- Joe Flint