Showbiz Sandbox 233: Net Neutrality – Is The Fat Lady Singing?

April 28, 2014


The concept that all data sent via the Internet should be treated equally has allowed services such as YouTube and Netflix to develop and prosper on a level playing field. However a new proposal from the Federal Communications Commission would effectively kill net neutrality by allowing companies to pay for faster access. Will the public revolt in mass protest or will big business ultimately prevail?

A similar question is being asked as the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments over whether Aereo infringes on broadcaster’s copyright by retransmitting over-the-air television signals via the Internet, or if the company’s services are legal under current law. The future of television may hinge on the answer.

There seems to be no dispute over the state of opera these days as many regional companies are suffering from a number of problems, not the least of which is declining ticket sales. Most recently the San Diego Opera announced it would be shutting down after running out of money.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including Amazon’s deal to stream past HBO series, Ryan Seacrest stays with “American Idol” and why record labels are suing Pandora… again.


Digging Up a Legend at the Atari E.T. Burial Site

Teaser Trailer of ‘My Old Classmate’ Released

Movie Ticket Prices Slid Almost 5% to $7.96

‘Spider-Man 2’ Soars at Foreign Box Office Before Opening in U.S.,0,553490.story

Zack Snyder to Direct ‘Justice League’ Movie

Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in the Aereo Case – A Summary of the Issues and a Prediction

Rare Encore at the Met as Mexican Tenor Stirs Crowd

Ben Heppner to Retire From Singing

Opera Philadelphia to Take On Andy Warhol

Death Knell for Opera in San Diego After 49 Years

13 Quit Board of San Diego Opera

HBO Cuts Exclusive Licensing Deal With Amazon

Record Industry Finds A New Way To Squeeze Pandora, But It Won’t Help Musicians

Ryan Seacrest Nears New ‘American Idol’ Deal, In Talks for Bigger Clear Channel Role

“Rock of Ages” Producer Matthew Weaver Planning Broadway Stage Adaptation of “Soul Train”

Neil Young’s Pono Kickstarter Raises Over $6 Million

Monty Python Stage Show to Play in Movie Theaters Worldwide

Prince Promises New Album and Remasters After Label Partnership

F.C.C., in a Shift, Backs Fast Lanes for Web Traffic

Comcast’s Shakedown of Netflix Pays Off For Consumers

Netflix Researching “Large-Scale Peer-to-Peer Technology” For Streaming

Netflix Will Raise Streaming Prices For New Members This Quarter

Chelsea Handler In Talks With Netflix For Show

Maryland Reaches Deal On House of Cards