The founder of Tennis Channel and Ski Channel has set a mid-September debut for a network dedicated to beach, water and board sports. Surf Channel, the brainchild of Steve Bellamy, will be seen in 20 million homes as a free, video-on-demand channel.
CEO Jim Yager says Barrington Broadcasting hasn't ruled out the possibility of sharing retransmission fees with broadcast networks. "We think that would be foolish if we can get a higher return out of retransmission consent than we are currently getting or see in the foreseeable future," Yager said.
Cable and broadcast pioneer Peter Storer, a past NAB TV Board Chairman and member of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences Management Hall of Fame, died Nov. 8 at his home in Saratoga, Wyo.
Intel, Adobe and Amazon.com are among the high-tech leaders expected to make big announcements during this week's third Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco. Speakers will include a "who's who" of the online world, including Barry Diller, chairman and CEO of IAC/InteractiveCorp, Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom and Google CEO Eric Schmidt.