“Newly anointed Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said this week that it would be OK for Internet service providers to charge Netflix and other companies for a faster lane to consumers.
Wheeler’s stance is surprising given that it appears to contradict the FCC’s Open Internet Order, passed under his predecessor in 2010. That order, which sets out the country’s network neutrality rules, says that fixed broadband providers may not “unreasonably discriminate” against any type of traffic. The order specifically calls out pay-for-play arrangements as being potential violations.” — ars technica
“the proportion of Australians streaming or downloading TV, movie or video content online and not watching live broadcast TV at all has doubled, to 6 per cent of the population — or 1.2 million people.
The company says this trend is related to two larger trends: the increase in Australians streaming or downloading video, TV and movies online (from 36 per cent to 53 per cent of the population), and the growing percentage who choose not to watch any live broadcast TV (10 per cent, up from 6 per cent).
Drilling down into the types of online content that Australians are streaming and downloading, the data shows that in the six months to September 2013, 17 per cent of Australians streamed TV, including free-to-air (FTA), in an average four-week period, while 45 per cent used YouTube, and 28 per cent streamed video.” — Advanced Television
“Australians rented or downloaded TV shows and movies 11.3 million times – excluding free catch-up TV services – during the first half of 2013, up from 10 million times during the same period in 2012.
Australian content owners also collected revenues of more than $125 million for the 2012-13 financial year from services such as iTunes and Quickflix, an increase of 34 per cent from the year before.” — Financial Review
Some stats from Business Insider:
“Aside from a brief respite during the Olympics, there has been only negative ratings growth on broadcast and cable TV since September 2011, according to Citi Research . . .
ll the major TV providers lost a collective 113,000 subscribers in Q3 2013.
. . . about 5 million people ended their cable and broadband subs between the beginning of 2010 and the end of this year.
. . . Tom Rutledge, CEO of Charter Communications, told Wall Street analysts he was “surprised” that 1.3 million of his 5.5 million customers don’t want TV — just broadband internet. “Our broadband-only growth has been greater than I thought it would be,” he said.
. . . Fewer households have TV because they are watching video on mobile devices instead.
Here’s the big picture: People are spending more of their time on mobile, and less of their time on TV.”
World series and NBA TV ratings are also declining.
“According to the latest Nielsen data, 75 percent of smartphone and tablet users are engaging with second screen content more than once a month as they watch TV. And about half of those people are engaged with second screen content daily—that’s about 50 million people. This is good news for brands and advertisers, according to Nielsen’s Eric Ferguson, VP Media Client Services, because the additional exposure across screens is having a big impact on ad effectiveness.” — Nielsen
“[The} average kid is spending just as much time watching TV as a French person can legally work in a week. That number represents a 2.2-hour increase since the 2009 survey results, and a 12% increase over nine years.
And all those TV hours are in addition to more time with a tablet or other device.” — Time
From Michael Geist’s blog:
“a Trans Pacific Partnership based on the U.S. proposals would signal a near-complete surrender of a made-in-Canada approach to intellectual property, leading to risks of lost Internet access, expansive border seizures, increased health care costs, and criminal liability for non-commercial infringement. The leaked text provides much need sunlight on the secret talks, confirming that Canada has thus far resisted many U.S. demands and that it has the potential to play a lead role in restoring some balance to the trade deal.”
“Piracy of content in Australia is a serious issue that can be fixed with the right legislative framework, according to Foxtel CEO Richard Freudenstein.” — AdvancedTelevision
“about 400,000 [Canadian] TV subscribers — 3.5 per cent — out of 11.8 million who have cut the cord since 2011, Eiley said, adding cord cutting started after the arrival of online subscription service Netflix in late 2010.” — CTV
“Streaming video on a connected TV device is now the second most popular way for adults 18-49 to view primetime TV programming behind watching traditional live television, according to a recently completed survey commissioned by Crackle, the unit of Sony Pictures Entertainment that offers ad-supported on-demand streaming video programming.
The survey, conducted by research company Frank N. Magid Associates, which polled 1,200 adults ages 18-49, found that inside the home, 54% stream programming from a connected TV via streaming players such as Roku, gaming consoles such as PS3s, or on smart TVs. That compares to 44% who stream TV programming on their computer screens, 19% who stream it on their tablets and 15% who stream programming via their smartphones.
Outside the home, where there are less connected TVs, streaming on a computer screen is done by 33%, on a smartphone by 25% of respondents and on a tablet by 22%. Streaming on a connected TV outside the home is done by only 16%.” — Broadcasting & Cable