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The Morning Fix: Checking on Chernin. NFL's back. Netflix falls.

July 26, 2011 |  7:14 am

After the coffee. Before getting officially ready for another disappointing Redskins season.

The Skinny: We have no Rupert Murdoch news for you today. It's not that there weren't stories, but nothing huge, so we thought we'd go a day without having to type "News of the World" and "phone hacking." We do have stories about Peter Chernin, Netflix, the end of the NFL lockout and ABC's new policy regarding paying for interviews.

Reading the Peter meter. Peter Chernin's first really big movie ("Rise of the Planet of the Apes") and really big television show ("Terra Nova") will have their debuts in the coming weeks. But will running a production company be enough to fulfill one of Hollywood's most respected executives and a former No. 2 to News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch. The Los Angeles Times looks at Chernin's new company and whether there is something else on his mind.

Are you ready for some football? NFL owners and the players have struck a new agreement and are now going to start scrambling to get ready for the football season, which is scheduled to start in about six weeks. The television networks are no doubt happy. Now they have something they know people will watch while the networks promote their news shows. Coverage of the new deal and what it means for television from the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and Los Angeles Times.

Who will play Chris Berman? 20th Century Fox has acquired the rights to "Those Guys Have All The Fun," which is an oral history of the creation of ESPN and how it became a sports juggernaut. Frankly, I think HBO would be a better place to try to make a movie out of the book, and I wonder whether this will ever get to the big screen. The dirt from Deadline Hollywood.

No more pay to play. ABC News says it won't find clever ways to compensate interview subjects anymore. The network, like others, has been criticized for compensating subjects for interviews. Although never outright saying so-and-so was paid for sitting down with "Good Morning America," the network would instead strike deals to "license" photos or videos from the subject of a story. It sounds sincere, but let's check back in six months and see if the network is sticking to it. Details from the Daily Beast.

Not making it a Netflix night. Netflix released earnings Monday that beat projections, but the company still took a little beating from Wall Street over its projections for what's ahead and the continued backlash against its new subscription rates. More from the Associated Press and Los Angeles Times. Meanwhile, Wal-Mart has launched its own streaming service, using Vudu, which the company bought 18 months ago. More on that from Variety.

Take me to the river. ESPN's coverage of the World Series of Poker may look a little different to viewers as some of the traditional advertisers -- online poker outfits -- will be missing because the government is going after online gaming. The Wall Street Journal looks at what the Justice Department crackdown means for televised poker.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: A look at the lasting impact of "Boyz N the Hood" two decades after its release. The plan to move ABC soaps "All My Children and One Life to Live" to the Web has hit another hurdle.

-- Joe Flint

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