WGA announced an end to the writers’ strike on Friday; although they won some battles they did not win the war. Slate uncovered the details of the deal and how the compromise is a little sweeter for the studios.

Writers’ managed to make a few strides such as increasing their revenue on downloads. They were promised to be paid for online rentals from Apple. Writers gained a little more control over their material made directly for the Internet.

Here is is where the writers got screwed:

They have small fixed payment for streaming content for the next two years. In the third year it “jumps” to 2% from a fixed revenue amount (not the actual grosses, only $40,000). Even if revenue is more than $40,000 a writer will not make more than $800.

Essentially the word “percent” was just thrown in there for show. The writers will still be getting a meager wage. Negotiators threw the word “percent” in there so they feel like they have a leg up for their next time contracts run out three years from now.

tina-fey.jpgStudios can run material on the Internet for up to three weeks before they have to pay anything to writers. I know if I miss an episode of The Office or Heroes I am going to try to watch it within the week before the next new one airs. -That is what the studios are hoping for as well.

The end of the strike is a relief for writers who are happy to go back to work and viewers happy to regain this sorely missed entertainment source. NPR’s Kim Masters explained that many viewers turned to video rentals and the Internet as an alternate entertainment source.

TV Guide explained what is in the future for this season. A few shows promise to get back on the air while others are on hiatus until next Fall.

A couple of highlights:

SNL returns February 23 with host Tina Fey.

The Office is expected to shoot six more episodes and air them April 10th.

Heroes will not be reappearing until Fall.