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Clearing the Aereo

Jim Monroe | Posted 06.23.2014 | Media
Jim Monroe

Big media tries to ease its headaches through big lawsuits, but that strategy has backfired. A couple of suits, against Sony's Betamax and Cablevision's network DVR, resulted in landmark decisions against media companies and in favor of viewers.

The Last Best Video Store in America

Nathan Grady | Posted 04.08.2013 | DC
Nathan Grady

FADE IN: Groundhog day. Saturday before Super bowl XLVII. The vintage picture postcard Main Street in Takoma Park, Md., the most liberal enclave subur...

Our TV Overlords Command: Watch Our Commercials or Else!

Art Brodsky | Posted 06.03.2012 | Entertainment
Art Brodsky

Does this sound familiar? Of course it does. It's the identical argument, even to the word, that the networks have been making for years. Watch what we want you to watch or we'll be destroyed.

The e-Book Wars: Is Pornography Next?

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tom Alderman

With their proprietary software for Kindle readers only, Amazon has adapted a "we-win, you-lose," VHS vs. Betamax business model.