Tuesday, June 9, 2009

News Round-up: DTV, Kelly Rutherford, Steven Weber

FCC Boasts About The Positives Of The DTV Transition
Saying the transition was more than just a "technical formality," the commission billed it as a dramatic change that will transform the viewing experience and usher in a new age of TV. That includes better picture and sound quality, it crowed, as well as more channels and program options and choices.

Spanish TV stations square off over soap opera rights
The nation's two biggest Spanish-language broadcasters are set to square off in Los Angeles federal court this morning over Internet rights to Mexican-produced soap operas. The litigation between Mexican media giant Grupo Televisa and Los Angeles-based Spanish-language broadcaster Univision Communications is linked to Televisa's original 2005 breach of contract lawsuit. That complaint was settled in January in mid-trial with an agreement that includes revised royalty calculations, resulting in increased payments to Televisa in exchange for incremental rights for Univision.

In what's expected to be a four-day bench trial, U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez will decide whether Televisa has the right to use the Internet to broadcast its programs from Mexico. The company's soap operas have a large Internet following, even though they are not officially broadcast on the Web. It's been reported that pirated episodes of Televisa's "telenovelas" are among the most-watched television shows on YouTube.

Kelly Rutherford has baby girl
Kelly Rutherford has given birth to her second child following months of bitter court wranglings with the tot's father Daniel Giersch. The GOSSIP GIRL star welcomed a baby girl on Monday night at a Los Angeles hospital, according to RadarOnline.com.

John-Paul Lavoisier: The Joys of Golf
The ONE LIFE TO LIVE star shares 10 reasons he loves the game of golf.

Steven Weber on his 1980s stint on ATWT
"Julianne Moore and I played a couple, but after it became apparent that I was ill-suited to memorizing lines and stuff, my character took a bullet and I was fired."

GL's Cole, Bogue, Bruno, Cassidy visit "SESSIONS'" Robert Newman 6/11
GUYIDING LIGHT stars Bradley Cole, Rob Bogue, Mandy Bruno and Orlagh Cassidy will visit fellow cast member Robert Newman at the Off-Broadway Smash Hit "SESSIONS" at Algonquin Theater, 123 E. 24th Street.

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