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  • Dr. Strangelove 5:53 pm on 2015-05-21 Permalink | Reply  

    Online Television News 21.05.2015 

    Industry news, commentary, and research about online television and movies, live streaming, and mobile video compiled by Dr. Strangelove, author of Post-TV: Piracy, Cord-Cutting, and the Future of Television.
    Post-TV CoverEditor’s Choice: Canadian Piracy Rates Plummet as Industry Points to Effectiveness of Copyright Notice-and-Notice System

    ” . . . piracy rates have dropped by the following rates in Canada:
    • Bell Canada – 69.6% decrease
    • Telus Communications – 54.0% decrease
    • Shaw Communications – 52.1% decrease
    • TekSavvy Solutions – 38.3% decrease
    • Rogers Cable – 14.9% decrease
    Some of the decrease may be attributable to the inclusion of settlement demands, but the evidence has long suggested that the notices alone have an education effect that leads to a significant reduction in infringement. Within a matter of months, that has apparently been the case in Canada. Given the plummeting Canadian piracy rates, U.S. film companies that once derided the Canadian system now argue that U.S. ISPs should adopt it.” — Michael Geist

    Spotify Video Is a Bad Omen for Cable

    “Spotify moved beyond music streaming on Wednesday by announcing partnerships with networks like ABC and brands like Conde Nast to offer video, podcasts and news on its service, which is likely to pressure other sites to offer more alternatives to restrictive cable TV subscriptions.” — US News

    Video Ad Views See Strongest Growth Rate in Three Years

    “video ad views rising 43% year over year, while video content views grew 40%.” — MediaPost

    Only Spotify for Movies Can Stop Popcorn-Like Piracy

    “Spotify just started streaming video, but it’s no game-changer; it’s mostly just doing promotional clips, video podcasts and the like.” — PC Magazine

    Graphic: the growth of video advertising

    “What would make a music company get into video? Here’s a graphic, with data courtesy of eMarketer, showing how video has grown in online ad spending. It’s the kind of money that’s impossible to ignore.” — Mashable

    Fan streaming apps have sports world debating TV rights

    “NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said that the league isn’t banning streaming apps for personal use but is serious about stopping commercial uses.” — CNBC

    Sports Television: Winning the Game of Disruption

    “Mark Lazarus, Sean McManus, John Skipper, and Eric Shanks, the Heads of Sports from CBS, ESPN, Fox, and NBC, will discuss the future of broadcast sports in a session moderated by Richard Deitsch, Senior Editor, Sports Illustrated.” — YouTube

  • Dr. Strangelove 5:38 pm on 2015-05-20 Permalink | Reply  

    Online Television News 20.05.2015 

    Industry news, commentary, and research about online television and movies, live streaming, and mobile video compiled by Dr. Strangelove, author of Post-TV: Piracy, Cord-Cutting, and the Future of Television.
    Post-TV CoverEditor’s Choice: How the cable industry became a monopoly

    “You can see why regulators are so concerned about industry consolidation–such activity offers significant long-term risks and no clear consumer benefits.” — Fortune

    The TV Industry’s Lack of Imagination

    “Although there’s been a boom in funding for original programming and arguably an expansion in the range of subjects these programs tackle, there’s one area where there’s still a shocking lack of imagination: family programming.” — TechOpinions

    Truth in Digital Advertising

    “If the new generation of digital advertisers don’t clean up their act, someone else may clean it up for them.” — Scientific American

    Digital Audience Ratings

    “Variety DAR for Monday May 11, 2015 – Sunday May 17, 2015″ — Variety

    Apple Gives Up On Building TVs, But Not On Changing TV

    “Both Roku and Google’s Chromecast have stolen away significant market share from Apple TV, which also has seen competition from Amazon’s Fire TV, as well as Google’s Android TV initiative.” — Variety

    ‘Netflix for Pirated Movies’ Now Works in Your Browser

    “With popcorninyourbrowser, you watch right from the Web, without downloading anything to your device.” — PC Magazine

    Nearly a Quarter of Online Video Ads Are Fraudulent

    “Advertisers, how many of your paid online video views are created by bots? Would you believe 23 percent, on average?” — OnlineVideo.Net

    ‘New’ TVs become obsolete quickly

    “Our television is a little over 3 years old now, but it’s already outdated. Eighteen months after we purchased the TV, its screen displayed a message announcing that the TV’s on-screen programming guide was being discontinued.” — The Leaf-Chronicle

    Digital TV World Household Forecasts

    “Global digital TV penetration will reach 97.6 per cent of television households by end-2020, up from 40.5 per cent at end-2010 and 67.2 per cent at end-2014.” — Advanced Television

  • Dr. Strangelove 2:53 pm on 2015-05-19 Permalink | Reply  

    Online Television News 19.05.2015 

    Industry news, commentary, and research about online television and movies, live streaming, and mobile video compiled by Dr. Strangelove, author of Post-TV: Piracy, Cord-Cutting, and the Future of Television.
    Post-TV CoverEditor’s Choice: North Carolina sues FCC for right to block municipal broadband

    “About 20 states have laws that protect private Internet service providers from local competition, so court decisions in favor of the FCC could have consequences beyond North Carolina and Tennessee.” — ars technica

    Hundreds of thousands of unsecure cameras streaming live on the Internet

    “Three out of four Internet-connected cameras studied were unprotected, meaning he found “somewhere in the neighborhood of 700,000” that were unsecure.” — ABC News

    CBS, ABC, NBC Plan to Capture More Internet Advertising Dollars

    “U.S. broadcasters are banding together with their cable brethren in an effort to jointly promote themselves and capture more advertising revenue.” — TheStreet

    OTT Subscriptions to Surge to 332 Million

    “Subscribers to over-the-top (OTT) TV services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime will increase from 92.1 million in 2014, to 332.2 million globally by 2019.” — iTWeb

  • Dr. Strangelove 1:19 pm on 2015-04-13 Permalink | Reply  

    Online Television News 13.04.2015 

    Industry news, commentary, and research about online television and movies, live streaming, and mobile video compiled by Dr. Strangelove, author of Post-TV: Piracy, Cord-Cutting, and the Future of Television.
    Post-TV CoverEditor’s Choice: Paying for YouTube: The next experiment in the TV revolution

    Consumers will decide what works and what doesn’t. As the American writer and internet thinker Clay Shirky observed six years ago, “that is what real revolutions are like. The old stuff gets broken faster than the new stuff is put in its place.” — Dianne Bruckner, CBC News

    The Mobile Video Moment Has Finally Arrived

    “It’s helping people feeling connected to each while broadcasting on new live apps, it’s enabling instant virtual appointments with plumbers and nurses thousands of miles away, and it’s even enabling a guy in South Carolina to drastically shift the path of justice by exposing a cop in the act of murder. And it’s all happening right now, all the time.” — Liz Gannes, re/code

    Pirate Hunt: is this the end of Australia’s love affair with illegal downloading?

    “The use of virtual private networks to protect users’ anonymity is on the rise, with 16 per cent of Australians saying they have used a VPN or Tor, the anonymising routing system. The figure is 20 per cent for young people. VPNs are becoming easier to use and tech and media experts suggest VPN use is likely to skyrocket following the Dallas Buyers Club decision.” — Sydney Morning Herald

    Anti-Piracy Threats Trigger Massive Surge in VPN Usage

    “Data from Google trends reveals that interest in anonymizing services has soared, with searches for “VPN” quadrupling in recent weeks. This effect is limited to Australia and likely a direct result of the recent anti-piracy threats.” — TorrentFreak

    Should you pay if you get an illegal download notice?

    Meghan Sali “advises Canadians not to pay settlement fees when they receive a notice from their ISP. She says the notices may not reflect the legal reality of what an illegal downloader could be required to pay. She says people are asked to pay settlement fees, when there’s no proof of a law being broken.” — CBC

    Nielsen-Adobe Ratings Will Help Web-TV Ad Revenue Quadruple

    “Eventually, this surge in spending will begin to affect the customer experience of watching both OTT and regular, linear television. According to TDG’s research, the average ad load, or the amount of time given over to advertising in a half-hour bloc, for terrestrial television will drop 38 percent, from eight minutes to a little more than five minutes over the next five years. Over that same period, the average ad load on Web-based TV will increase 63 percent, from 3.2 minutes to 5.1 minutes. Ultimately, it will create a scenario where people are getting an experience that’s increasingly similar across devices.” — International Business Times

    Mobile Video Will Pass Desktop In 2016

    “Mobile’s share of total online video viewing is set to soar from 26% last year to 40% this year and just over 50% by the end of 2016, surpassing desktop viewing, according to a new report and forecast from Adobe Systems. Turning to specific device categories, smartphones accounted for 14% of all online video viewing in 2014, while tablets accounted for 12%.” — MediaPost

    Try as they might, no one can really stop live streaming

    “No fan goes to our game with the thought of streaming live a half an inning of a game,’’ Bowman told CNBC. “They’ve been capturing images of our players for a long time, and you have to allow that kind of activity.” Bowman is right. In fact, MLB has little choice but to allow it. Copyright law doesn’t favor sports leagues on this. And the only way they can police fans risks devolving into a public-relations nightmare.” — Seattle Times

    100 Million People Streaming Video On Demand Worldwide: Have We Reached A Tipping Point?

    “That shift has coincided with a decline in the number of people paying for cable television, as well as fears that millennials, who have never known the sting of an expensive cable bill, may never bother to subscribe in the first place.” — International Business Times

    Periscope, Meerkat And Sports Broadcasting Rights Will Make For Interesting Bedfellows

    “But for anyone who has had to deal with the frustrations of live-streaming sports (minus those broadcasted through, which is and always has been the industry standard), that change does not seem to be approaching rapidly. It’s entirely possible that Periscope will become the standard for broadcasting Sunday league baseball, NAIA athletics, and your niece’s AYSO soccer games within the next few years, but no one should anticipate anything already broadcasted on television to make the switch to a yet-profitless platform anytime soon.” — sport techie

    ‘History, yes. Science, sure. Sharks, yes’ – what millennials want from factual TV

    “It turns out that 40% of our longform viewing is on mobile phones. People are watching our long docs on mobiles: that’s just what kids do,” he said.” — Guardian

    Is downloading really stealing? The ethics of digital piracy

    “It seems important to stop treating intellectual property infringement as common theft, and to develop different legal remedies for its protection. Various kinds of property are different, and warrant different forms of protection. This is hardly a novel idea.” — Christian Barry

    Philadelphia Finally Releases Results Of Comcast Customer Service Survey; It’s Not Pretty

    “Earlier this week we told you how the city leadership here in Comcast’s hometown of Philadelphia appeared to be dragging their feet in getting around to releasing the results of 15-month-old survey of city residents about Comcast service, even though the cable company had already been shown the report. Today, the city finally got around to sharing this info with the public and it’s about as unpleasant as you’d expect.” — Consumerist

    Comcast’s Roberts Total Pay Rose 5% to $33M

    “Roberts’ pay included a small rise in his salary to $2,857,315, option awards to $5.35 million, pension value to $6.4965 and other compensation to $4.003 million, offset by slight dips in his stock awards to $5.254 million and non-equity incentive plan compensation.” — Broadcasting & Cable

    Dolan Snags 40% 2014 Raise

    “Cablevision CEO James Dolan received $23.7 million in total compensation in 2014, a 40% hike from the previous year, while his father, founder and chairman Charles Dolan netted a 56% increase to $15.3 million, according to a proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission Friday.” — Broadcasting & Cable

    Good Game: Why eSports is the Next Major League Sport

    “Last year’s League of Legends championship, for example, drew nearly 30 million viewers, putting it in line with the combined viewership of the 2014 MLB and NBA finals, or the series finales of Breaking Bad and Two and a Half Men, plus the Season 4 finale of Game of Thrones. As with most sports, competitive gaming is now firmly entrenched within the US college system, with the country’s largest collegiate league counting more than 10,000 active players, some of whom are on full athletic scholarships.” — REDEF

    At the Head of the Pack, HBO Shows the Way Forward

    “The Time Warner chief executive, Jeffrey Bewkes, said that HBO’s success was vital to Time Warner’s business and that HBO Now — a stand-alone service for $15 a month that doesn’t require a traditional TV subscription — would create a blueprint not only for the future of the network but also for the entire industry.” — New York Times

    The Future of Vimeo

    “Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor recently hinted that the company was examining the possibility of launching a premium business not only to compete with Netflix, but also to distance itself from YouTube.” — The Daily Dot

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    Cost, convenience leading many to opt out of cable TV

    The Streaming Throne: Can HBO Win at Netflix’s Game?

    The Modern-Day Water Cooler

    The death knell for optical media: There will be no more Simpsons DVDs

    HBO Finally Realizes It’s At War With Netflix

    Korean firms dominate global smart TV sale

  • Dr. Strangelove 1:24 pm on 2015-04-10 Permalink | Reply  

    Online Television News 10.04.2015 

    Industry news, commentary, and research about online television and movies, live streaming, and mobile video compiled by Dr. Strangelove, author of Post-TV: Piracy, Cord-Cutting, and the Future of Television.
    Post-TV CoverEditor’s Choice: A Business Home Run: Baseball’s flourishing media division may have outgrown its parent

    “Baseball has reaped a windfall from MLBAM: its $800m in revenue last year was 9% of the major leagues’ total. Its growth could accelerate as streaming video gains ground. Last month Twitter said it had acquired Periscope, which lets users share live footage from their phones. Businesses built on such “social streaming” could create a new category of customers. ” — Economist

    How Ad Blocking Could Affect YouTube’s Subscription Model: Users revolt against video advertising

    “Spending on digital video advertising increased almost 60 percent in 2014 from the previous year. During the same period, the number of Internet users using ad blockers rose from 54 million to 121 million. Today, almost 150 million people have downloaded ad-blocking software.” — AdWeek

    Why TV is Doomed: HBO Now and the new cord-cutting economics

    “All told that amounted to $327.37 each month. That’s a lot of money for TV. To be fair, however, I use the relatively expensive Internet service for work and we use Prime mostly for non-entertainment purposes, so let’s drop those two out of the budget. That still leaves our monthly TV budget at $204. That’s $2,457 a year. For TV.” — ZDNet Hits Home Run With Record Opening Day Streaming Numbers

    “A total 60 million people came through the virtual turn-styles using, MLB.TV, the MLB At Bat mobile app and social media channels on Facebook and Twitter. The streaming numbers were up 60 percent from last year.” — TechCrunch

    BBC ‘Internet first’ Broadcaster

    “Matthew Postgate, the corporation’s chief technology officer, has said the BBC will become an “internet first” broadcaster in order to appeal to younger audiences.” — Advanced Television

    Three Year Global AdSpend Forecast Growth Better Than Last Twenty

    “The report estimates that global online video grew 34% to $10.9 Billion US in 2014, and forecasted in the US to grow at an average of 29% a year to reach $23.3 Billion US in US 2017. According to the Ooyala Global Video Index, mobile devices accounted for 34% of all online video plays in Q4 2014, up from 17% a year earlier, says the report.” — MediaPost

    Big Media Companies Insist That VPN Services Violate Copyright Law

    “. . . However, the big media companies are not happy about this turn of events. A week or so ago, a bunch of them (Lightbox, MediaWorks, SKY, and TVNZ) teamed up to threaten New Zealand ISPs that if they didn’t stop offering “global mode” VPN services to customers, that the media companies would sue — arguing that merely offering such a service was copyright infringement.” — techdirt

    Sergey Rachmaninov on the Future of Broadcasting

    “Of all our own music­-making silence must someday be the end. Formerly, the artist was haunted by the knowledge that with him his music also must vanish into the unknown. Yet to­day, he can leave behind him a faithful reproduction of his art, an eloquent and imperishable testimony to his life’s achievement. On this account alone, I think that the great majority of musicians and music­ lovers alike cannot hesitate to acclaim the gramophone as the most significant of modern musical inventions.” — Gramophone

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    Online Video Shifting To Mobile, Ads To Follow

    CBS Strikes New Deals for All Access Streaming Service: 12 station groups will take part in revenue-share

    Will the Game of Thrones Premiere Be Spoiled by Periscope Pirating? It’s never been easier to steal TV content

    Foxtel vs Netflix: who will win the Game of Screens?

    Comic-Con International and Lionsgate to launch streaming video service

    I am an internet pirate. Here’s why it’s ok

    Game of clones: New series of Game Of Thrones is blamed for a 45% surge in Internet piracy

    Press Release: Mobile & Online Video Gaming Apps Evolution Continues While Generating Huge Revenue Potential

    Lack of Premium Inventory Puts Sour Note on Progress of Video

    Is Virtual Reality the Next Big Form of In-Bar Entertainment? Jim Beam and Dos Equis have been quick to embrace the trend

    Video game leads police to suspect in death of man in river

    Online video audience ‘bigger than content owners have been getting credit for’

    Why Virtual Reality Could Generate $150 Billion for Hollywood By 2020

    ACA petitions FCC to help control content costs

  • Dr. Strangelove 12:31 pm on 2015-04-09 Permalink | Reply  

    Online Television News 09.04.2015 

    Industry news, commentary, and research about online television and movies, live streaming, and mobile video compiled by Dr. Strangelove, author of Post-TV: Piracy, Cord-Cutting, and the Future of Television.
    Post-TV CoverEditor’s Choice: Hollywood’s biggest enemy is launching an app that will let anyone watch pirated movies on an iPhone

    “Popcorn Time’s main innovation is to let users stream video live as it downloads, instead of having to wait for the entire file to finish. It also has a polished and easy-to-navigate user interface. Torrenting can be fiddly and off-putting to non-tech people, but the service makes it as simple as browsing Netflix — hence the “Netflix for pirates” label.” — Business Insider

    YouTube Celebrates 5 Years of TrueView With New Interactive Cards

    “When YouTube first launched TrueView five years ago, it was taking a leap of faith. YouTube believed that viewers would choose to watch ads on YouTube if these ads were interesting, relevant, and engaging. Since then, YouTube has come a long way, bringing TrueView to mobile, introducing new features like Brand Lift measurement, and creating the ability to drive app downloads seamlessly within your ad.” — ReelSEO

    Hypocritical film and TV companies have been ripping off consumers for years, says Labor MP Ed Husic

    “Film and music companies have behaved in a “disgracefully hypocritical” way by lobbying politicians to change copyright laws instead of meeting consumer demands, according to a Labor MP.” — Sydney Morning Herald

    HBO Now is go – but is it better than Netflix and Hulu?

    “Pepler doesn’t think that HBO being available without a cable package is going to lead to a rash of “cord cutting”. He cites HBO Now’s target demographic as the 10m homes in the US that have broadband internet access but don’t have cable. “We think it’s exciting because it affords our partners even in cable and satellite to get those consumers in their ecosystem, and it’s likely they will upgrade into cable platform,” he said.” — Guardian

    Using your iPhone in front of the TV is bad for your brain: Flicking between screens releases hormone that has same effect as being high on drugs

    “Such multi-tasking lowers your IQ because people who, for example, check Facebook on their smartphone while watching TV are training their brains to be disorganised.” — Daily Mail

    Lip Sync Battle and How the Internet Is Changing Television

    “Television is no longer the nexus of media from which everything else takes its commands. Now that online video audiences have become decidedly larger than television audiences (other than for sports), the desires of the online audience have significant weight.” — Huffington Post

    How Popcorn Time’s Piracy App Is Sneaking Onto iPhones

    “The ultra-popular video piracy app Popcorn Time has already picked a fight with the combined powers of Hollywood’s intellectual property lawyers. Now it’s also entered into a cat-and-mouse game with the world’s biggest tech company. And for the moment, it’s winning.” — Wired

    Pew: Teens Are Major Mobile Online Surfers

    “The survey finds a significant gender gap among teens in online and gaming behaviors. Girls are outpacing boys in their use of text messaging, and in their use of visual social media platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, online pinboards (like Pinterest and Polyvore), as well as Tumblr and Vine, while boys dominate in the console access and video game playing sphere.” — PEW

    Cable companies, broadcasters blame each other for high cable TV bills

    Large cable companies such as Comcast and Time Warner Cable own numerous regional sports networks and charge smaller cable companies for the right to air the networks’ programming, often in bulk negotiations with buying groups that represent many small cable operators. The ACA says the FCC should let these buying groups lodge complaints “against a cable-affiliated programmer that imposes discriminatory rates, terms, and conditions.” — ars technica

    FCC fines AT&T a record $25 million for customer data thefts

    “The Federal Communications Commission is handing AT&T a $25 million fine, the largest-ever amount for a privacy-related issue, for a series of data breaches that gave out personal information for nearly 280,000 customers and contributed to international trafficking of stolen mobile phones.” — The Verge

    Phone Cameras and Apps Help Speed Calls for Police Reform

    When it comes to citizen-captured video, there are few questions regarding legality, said Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel of the National Press Photographers Association. Mr. Osterreicher said that he talked to people on a weekly basis who had been told by police to stop recording their activities. In almost all cases, the police are wrong to do so. “If you are in a public place, you have the right to record anything you see,” he said. “That is the First Amendment.” — New York Times

    Television’s Tower of Babel problem

    “A well-designed, user friendly guide that lets viewers sort through the mountains of TV programming now available is a win for everyone: programmers, viewers, and most of all the company that comes up with the solution, since the data they’ll gather will be digital gold.” — Gaurdian

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    Netflix Now Decides What TV Is Good For You: Here’s How It Rates

    Streaming will change many things about television, but we’ll still watch it

    The Xbox One tunes in to free OTA TV in the US and Canada

    FCC Moves To Give Internet Video Startups The Same Protections As Cable Companies

    Inside RTL Group’s Massive Bet on Online Video

    Cox Cable looks to stay relevant in world of increased streaming options [Editor’s Note” Read the comments on this article for an alternative point of view]

    New fan-made Star Trek TV show brings back original cast members

    Is Foxtel most at risk in the new Game of Screens?

    Of Interest

    The Woman Who Hacked Hollywood: Laura Poitras’ name was once on terror watch lists. Now it’s on an Oscar. Here’s her personal journey.

  • Dr. Strangelove 1:51 pm on 2015-04-08 Permalink | Reply  

    Online Television News 08.04.2015 

    Industry news, commentary, and research about online television and movies, live streaming, and mobile video compiled by Dr. Strangelove, author of Post-TV: Piracy, Cord-Cutting, and the Future of Television.
    Post-TV CoverEditor’s Choice: Netflix VPN cheat accounts to be terminated – Users threaten piracy if they can’t pay for content

    “Internet users are up in arms over the discovery that Netflix’s terms and conditions now allow the video streaming service to not only block accounts that use a virtual private network (VPN) to cheat geographical restrictions, but also to terminate accounts entirely. At 1am GMT on 7 April, the user CrypticCraig posted in Reddit’s Technology sub-reddit highlighting the fact that Netflix reserves the right to terminate or restrict an account without compensation or notice if the user is found to engage in “illegal or improper use of the service”, such as using a VPN.” — International Business Times

    Facebook unseats YouTube as top spot for video advertisers

    “87 percent of survey respondents plan to run a video advertising campaign on Facebook, compared to 81.5 percent of respondents who plan to run a campaign on YouTube.” — GeekWire

    The cable lobby is co-opting Netflix’s argument on net neutrality

    “Online video companies, the lobbyists said in a regulatory filing Tuesday, could decide to charge cable companies a toll for accessing their exclusive content — effectively cutting off your viewing pleasure if the cable companies don’t pay up.” — Washington Post

    ACA: Video Could Become Losing Proposition

    “The American Cable Association said the key barrier to broadband deployment remains the high cost of programming and that, without some relief, the video portion of the triple play could become unsustainable for smaller operators.” — Multichannel News

    Comcast Recruits Its Beneficiaries to Lobby for Time Warner Deal

    ” A similar pattern is evident with charities like the Urban League and more than 80 other community groups that supported the media company and that also accepted collectively millions of dollars in donations from the Comcast Foundation over the last five years, documents reviewed by The Times show.” — New York Times

    Netflix Streamed 10 Billion Hours Of Video In The Last Three Months

    “Subscribers to the streaming site watched an unbelievable 10 billion hours of content over the past three months. At last count, the company had just over 57 million subscribers — which means, even when adjusting for an expected subscriber increase over the last quarter to about 60 million, the average subscriber is streaming just under two hours every single night.” — Buzzfeed

    Viacom Says the Internet Made Its Reruns Less Valuable

    “The shelf life for Viacom’s reality shows like “Teen Mom” and “Jersey Shore” is shorter than it used to be, because why watch a reality show rerun when you can watch something on YouTube or Twitch, or play around with Vine and Snapchat, or Clash of Clans or whatever. So the company has to knock down the value it had attributed to those shows in its catalog. The same goes for some reruns the company had purchased from other providers.” — recode

    Will Hollywood Be Unraveled by Unbundling?

    “Cable now contributes more than half of all operating profits generated by movies. What this means is that cable and network television and the movie business are not as distinct as they seem; they are actually an ecosystem that is tightly bound together. A change to one niche may have big reverberations.” — Bloomberg

    In cable, it’s survival of the fittest as channels drop from the bundle

    “It has been the worst year in recent memory for cable networks, with MSNBC, the History channel, Bravo, BET, USA Network and Comedy Central all seeing double-digit declines in audience this year. In March, cable ratings were down about 10 percent from the previous year.” — Washington Post

    After a largely successful run at the NCAA Tournament, are Netflix and Google the future of watching sports?

    “A record 80.7 million viewers streamed the games over the course of the NCAA Tournament. It was a 19 percent increase on the service’s success in 2014, with a 17 percent increase in hours of live video streaming. The national title game between Duke and Wisconsin itself drew an average of 28.3 million viewers on CBS Monday, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell.” — The State Press

    ITV: New Strategy Boosts Online and Pay TV Businesses

    “The jury is still out on whether subscriber-driven services have the potential to be big earners for the firm; however, there are finally promising signs that pay can be a winner for ITV.” — Variety

    YouTube: Hank Green tells fellow creators to aim for ‘$1 per view’

    “Good news: online video star Hank Green has made around $2m of advertising revenue from the billion views of his videos over the last eight years. Bad news: he spent more than $4m making them.” — Guardian

    Your Guide to Low-Cost Streaming TV Sticks: Amazon Beats Google, Roku

    “Two years from now, 2-in-5 homes are expected to have at least one streaming video player, according to the NPD group. Apple and Roku have an early-to-market advantage in install base. Although its streaming devices haven’t been on the market as long as the Google Chromecast, Amazon has been in the consumer hardware business longer than Google, having released the first Kindle in 2007. The Amazon Fire TV Stick looks and acts like a mainstream product and is a well-positioned contender on both price and performance.” — PBS

    Anti-piracy code: Three strikes and you’re outed

    “Australia’s Communications Alliance has released the final version of an industry code targeted at tackling piracy in Australia, officially putting ‘three strikes’ warning notices on the table for Internet users.” — c|net

    Amazon Prime reels in SVOD subscribers, but Netflix binds them, study says

    “Americans are far more interested in Amazon Prime’s free two-day shipping benefit than they are in its streaming video offering, a new study by Strategy Analytics says. In fact, once they’re done ordering a physical product from the online retail giant, many viewers then hop on over to Netflix to stream content that can also be found on Prime Instant Video.” — FierceOnlineVideo

    Popcorn Time Releases iOS App Tomorrow, No Jailbreak Needed

    “One of the most-used Popcorn Time forks will release an iOS app for non-jailbroken devices tomorrow. The new release opens up a whole new audience of hundreds of millions of devices. In addition, the Popcorn Time team suggests that other developers will soon be able to use the custom installer to break Apple’s closed ecosystem too.” — TorrentFreak

    HBO To Netflix: Bring It On

    “The company had lost faith in Berkes’s ambitious gambit to build its own Netflix. According to one insider, implementing the full plan would have cost $900 million. Sources close to Berkes insist that that number has no context and that the only way to really take on Netflix, which has a decade’s head start in streaming, is to spend real money. Either way, the grand vision that had first brought Berkes to HBO was now dead.” — Fast Company

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    Streaming TV Is Bigger Than Ever — But Pause Before Cutting The Cord

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    2015 Webby Awards Nominees Revealed, Include Michelle Phan, Tyler Oakley

    Netflix starts recommending specific smart TV sets

    Three Factors Which Helped ‘Video Game High School’ Reach 110 Million All-Time Views

    Will over-the-top streaming TV kill cable?

    Cable lobby argues for federal protections from content companies

    Netflix State of Mind

    Vivendi to buy 80% stake in Dailymotion, values online video aggregator at $287M

    Big data’s pivotal role in the future of television: The growing demand of online television is creating a big data challenge in the supporting infrastructure

  • Dr. Strangelove 2:11 pm on 2015-04-07 Permalink | Reply  

    Online Television News 07.04.2015 

    Industry news, commentary, and research about online television and movies, live streaming, and mobile video compiled by Dr. Strangelove, author of Post-TV: Piracy, Cord-Cutting, and the Future of Television.

    Editor’s Choice: Electronic press: ‘Press-like’ or ‘television-like’?

    “This article examines the contrasting positions of the UK and Austrian regulatory authorities concerning the regulation of video material on the websites of print publications. The author argues that Ofcom’s approach makes it hard to predict the mixture that would bring a hybrid service within the scope of regulation. By contrast, the Austrian approach offers a pragmatic solution to a problem that is only beginning to emerge.” — The International Journal of Law and Information Technology

    YouTube Kids runs ads that would be illegal on television, say consumer groups in a federal complaint

    “YouTube Kids is the most hyper-commercialized media environment for children I have ever seen,” said Dale Kunkel, professor of communication at the University of Arizona. “Many of these advertising tactics are considered illegal on television.” — Washington Post

    Dailymotion: How France Is Killing YouTube’s Main Competitor

    “The French government refused, once again, to let Dailymotion – one of the country’s most successful Internet company – fall into foreign hands, urging the partially state-owned telecom operator Orange to consider an European partner instead.” — Forbes

    The Internet’s Clearly Not Ready to Stream Big TV Events

    “The Final Four lapse recalled similar recent outages, notably last spring’s stunted Oscars stream for ABC, and Game of Thrones’ season four premiere collapse for HBO Go. The only thing all three have in common? They’re among the first real tests of how the streaming age handles appointment television. So far, the results aren’t promising.” — Wired

    How Streaming and Binging Has Changed Our Relationship With TV

    “What has this transformation done for the way people consume TV? Here are nine ways this shift is changing our relationship with TV, according to streaming and online video expert Dan Rayburn as well as existing research and studies on the topic.” — PBS

    Moody’s: Online Video Services to Have “Evolutionary” Pay TV Effect

    “We believe content providers will tread cautiously, and consumer inertia and demographics give pay TV operators a long tail … New services will take a small number of traditional pay TV subscribers and changes will be evolutionary, not revolutionary.” — Hollywood Reporter

    “OTT Services such as Sling TV, Netflix and/or Hulu [Plus] Quickly Erodes [cord-cutting] Savings”

    BUT “Combining a basic entry broadband and broadcast only package with a Netflix subscription or a password-shared HBO Go service may give consumers enough content at a reasonable price to render the bigger [pay TV] bundles unattractive.” — Hollywood Reporter

    Twitter’s Periscope and Meerkat Invade Theaters, But Movie Biz Not Too Worried

    “Studios apparently aren’t overly concerned that box office will be hurt by the shaky, handheld live streams on Periscope and Meerkat, which may include only a few minutes of a film anyway.” — Variety

    Peter Sunde: The ‘Pirate Movement’ is Dead

    “The “pirate movement” is dead, diminishing and what not. But ignore that. What are the causes that we talk about here? Freedom of information, freedom of speech, surveillance, state corruption, corporate overlords, control of our infrastructure, the right to access education and culture, plenty. Are these discussions dead? No. But are we moving anywhere with them? I’m afraid not.” — TorrentFreak

    Cutting the Cord 2015: A Special Series on Streaming TV

    “We thought the time was ripe for another deeper look at cord-cutting and streaming TV to help you if you haven’t cut the cord yet, or give you insight into where we are — and where we’re going into the future of television.” — PBS

    The Future of TV

    “Hastings says the age of broadcast TV will probably last until 2030.” — ABC News

    Piracy Increases Literacy and Access to Knowledge

    “In an effort to determine how piracy affects literacy and the spread of knowledge, the African Governance and Development Institute conducted an in-depth study comparing piracy and human development data from 11 African countries.” — TorrentFreak

    How Teeny Tiny Videos are Generating Huge Engagement on YouTube

    “The ‘Kawaii’ (Japanese for ‘cute’) food trend started in Japan, but has picked up pace, especially in the last year, and now there’s a real appetite for video content that shows steady-handed chefs creating different meals and gourmet treats using miniature utensils and candle-powered cookware.” — ReelSEO


    “This project gathers data on through three primary tools: A Web crawler, which gathers stream metadata, a survey, which gathers YouTube and Twitch user demographics, preferences, and opinions, and a third-party Website, which gathers stream technical data. Analysis of the results shows the following: Game popularity changes unpredictably over time, as age increases, the number of people that use Twitch decreases, and there are only two commonly used resolutions between most popular and least popular channels. The results should aid in the development of future live-streaming platforms.” — Daniel Farrington

    Also Seen:

    Students voice concerns about live video streaming apps

    Amazon, MLB urge caution in FCC move on Web TV

    For Online Video, Context as Important as Content: Disney ABC

    And Now.. Video Everywhere

    How Americans are Consuming Digital Media Today

    Top pirated movies on BitTorrent

    Changing face of pay TV: Canada and the end of cable’s bundles

    YouTube set to launch Canadian ad blitz

    How to Watch All the TV You Want Without Paying a Cable Bill

    The Impact of Software Piracy on Inclusive Human Development: Evidence from Africa

    How March Madness Showed Streaming TV Isn’t Perfect Yet

    Google’s new video codec could cut internet traffic by 25%

    Digital content set for $14bn revenues

    Noteworthy Books

    Economic Analysis of the Digital Economy

    Promotional Screen Industries

    Distribution Revolution: Conversations about the Digital Future of Film and Television

  • Dr. Strangelove 4:32 pm on 2015-04-03 Permalink | Reply  

    Online Television News 03.04.2015 

    Industry news, commentary, and research about online television and movies, live streaming, and mobile video compiled by Dr. Strangelove, author of Post-TV: Piracy, Cord-Cutting, and the Future of Television
    Post-TV CoverEditor’s Choice: AdAge on Skinny Bundles

    “Skinny bundles could have trouble gaining traction because their content is limited or their price is too high to attract a large number of pay-TV subscribers.” — AdAge

    Periscope, Meerkat, and sports: Can fans, media live stream from the game?

    “Leagues seem to be relying on existing media rights policies to regulate the live-streaming that these apps enable and are very much in a wait-and-see mode. Regardless, these apps certainly have the potential to change the sports fan experience.” — GeekWire

    China cracks down on violent anime online cartoons

    “”The sexualisation of child-like women may be a legitimate concern to the Chinese government,” said Professor Leslie Young from the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business. Another academic, however, said it signalled that the government was becoming more restrictive.” — BBC News

    Apple’s increasingly less exclusive deal for HBO ‘exclusive’ content

    “It was always in HBO’s best interests to work with as many partners as possible. It wants its new Internet television service to reach a wide range of consumers, after all.” — Bloomberg

    9th Circuit rules Netflix isn’t subject to disability law

    “A federal appeals court ruled (PDF) yesterday that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) doesn’t apply to Netflix, since the online video provider is “not connected to any actual, physical place.”” — ars technica

    Amazon to FCC: Many OTTs Don’t Want Program-Access Rights

    “Amazon does not want the Federal Communications Commission to classify some over-the-top providers (OTTs) as Multichannel Video Programming Distributors covered by program-access protections, saying there is no pressing need to do so.” — Multichannel News

    Cable Chaos: Companies Grow Desperate as Over-the-Top Crisis Strikes

    “Meanwhile, cable providers are shooting themselves in the foot by requiring subscribers to log in to view content on services like HBO Go and Watch ESPN. The process, known as authentication, ensures that only people who pay for the networks via their cable bill can watch them online. Industry executives agree that authentication is deeply flawed.” — The Wrap

    Antitrust and Other Inquiries in Europe Target U.S. Tech Giants

    “The European antitrust investigation into Google appears to be heating up. More European countries are looking into Facebook’s privacy settings. And Apple, which already is under scrutiny for its low corporate tax arrangements in Ireland, is now facing potential antitrust questions from the European Commission about the company’s new music streaming service expected this year.” — New York Times

    Nearly 1 billion Internet-connected TVs by 2020

    “In just five years from now, 30 percent of the world’s TV sets will be connected to the Internet, up from 12 percent in 2014 and 4 percent in 2010.” — Allvoices

    Moody’s: Internet Video Poses No Real Threat to Cable

    “OTT options will take a small number of traditional pay TV subscribers, but the shift in the pay TV sector will be evolutionary, not revolutionary,” insists Moody’s Vice President Karen Berckmann. “Content providers are treading cautiously so traditional cable operators now have the chance to build financial flexibility and prepare in case industry fundamentals change more significantly.” — DSL Reports

    FCC Video Report Shows Cable Sub Losses

    “The FCC last released a video competition report in July 2013; that one was based on data through June 30, 2012, and report found inroads by online and DBS providers and a general downward trend in cable subs.” — Multichannel News

    Also Seen:

    How Digital Consumption Has Changed the Content Marketing Rules for Broadcast

    Viral Video Roundup for March 2015: Bacon, Eggs and Batman

    Reviewing Sound Bars: An Alternative to TV Home Theater Systems

    Where Is TV Everywhere Going?

    Adblocking Goes Mainstream

    VOD Hits 40% Of Homes

    Amazon Studios orders scripts for ‘Natchez Burning,’ will consider series for streaming video

    How Technology Can Recapture Distracted Second-Screeners

    Megaupload Freezes MPAA and RIAA Lawsuits For Six Months

    Ad Market Saturates, Costs Begin Deflating: Even Prime-Time Not Immune

    Network Affiliates Strongly Support OVDs as MVPDs

    Noteworthy Books

    Promotional Screen Industries

    Distribution Revolution: Conversations about the Digital Future of Film and Television

  • Dr. Strangelove 1:36 pm on 2015-04-02 Permalink | Reply  

    Online Television News 02.04.2015 

    Industry news, commentary, and research about online television and movies, live streaming, and mobile video compiled by Dr. Strangelove, author of Post-TV: Piracy, Cord-Cutting, and the Future of Television
    Post-TV CoverEditor’s Choice: Why the Cable Companies You Hate May Be Forced to Compete Online

    “As a slew of companies, from Dish Network Corp.’s Sling TV to Sony Corp., begin to offer online television viewing, cable providers may be forced to respond with their own nationwide live streaming packages, or lose even more subscribers . . . The result will be “nationwide war” as cable companies battle each other and the newcomers for online subscribers.” — Bloomberg

    Crackdown on illegal streaming in Sweden

    “Users of illegal movie and television series streaming sites in Sweden including Popcorn Time are set to be tracked by a Danish lawfirm representing “major Hollywood companies” and could face fines of around 2000 SEK ($231).” — The Local SE

    Hulu Beats Big Privacy Lawsuit Over Video Viewing Disclosures

    “After nearly four years of litigation, Hulu has finally prevailed in a landmark privacy battle for the digital age. On Tuesday, a federal judge in California granted summary judgment on the basis that the plaintiffs lacked evidence that Hulu had “knowingly” disclosed the viewing habits of its users to Facebook.” — Hollywood Reporter

    Nielsen Renames Online Campaign Ratings

    “Nielsen said it is renaming Online Campaign Ratings, its digital measurement product, with the new name Digital Ad Ratings, reflecting that the service also measures audiences using mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets in addition to computers. ” — Multichannel News

    TV Execs Rip Nielsen and Digital Newbies, But Concede an Image Problem

    ““Nielsen will become increasingly marginalized,” predicted Alan Wurtzel, president of research and media development at NBCUniversal. “They are incapable of doing certain things and it’s only getting worse.” Later, he circled back to Nielsen’s vulnerability and tied that to the overall image issues for TV.” — Broadcasting and Cable

    New Zealand: CallPlus responds to Global Mode warning

    ” CallPlus has responded to a legal threat from the country’s top television companies over its support for Global Mode, saying the service is legal and it was being bullied. The country’s four major television companies said they had written to CallPlus on Thursday telling it to stop using Global Mode, a service that lets customers access blocked overseas online television services, which include the United States version of Netflix.” —

    American TV Programmers Put Subscriber Caps on Skinny Bundles

    ” Subscriber caps are a way for the media industry to cope with an increase in viewers shunning traditional pay-TV packages with their hundreds of channels — many never watched. Programmers like Walt Disney Co. and Time Warner Inc. can’t ignore the rise of online options, yet don’t want these cable alternatives growing too fast. Cable companies pay fees to programmers based on their subscribers. If large swaths drop pay-TV plans for Sling TV or Apple Inc.’s planned service, it would mean less money for cable operators and programmers alike.” — Bloomberg

    The regulation of television sports broadcasting: a comparative analysis

    “Based on seven different sports broadcasting markets (Australia, Brazil, Italy, India, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States), this article provides a comparative analysis of the regulation of television sports broadcasting.” — Media, Culture & Society

    Binge Watching TV Increases Your Risk of Developing Diabetes

    “According to a group of researchers, every extra hour you spend in front of the television can up your risk of getting diabetes by 3.4 per cent. And in case of a long day binge, it could be as high as 30%.” — NDTV

    Could Periscope solve Twitter’s biggest problem?

    “This kind of live, spontaneous video may be the thing that convinces lapsed users of Twitter, of which there are almost as many as active users of Twitter, to re-engage with the platform.” — ReDef

    ‘Pirate Bay Alternatives’ Articles Anger Movie Companies

    “After a Spanish court ordered local ISPs to implement a nationwide ban against The Pirate Bay last Friday, several local media outlets published articles listing alternatives to the infamous site. As a result they’re now under fire from entertainment industry companies including Paramount Pictures, with some even suggesting an advertising boycott.” — TorrentFreak

    South Africa “abandons” digital plan

    “South Africa’s communications minister, Faith Muthambi has said in an official statement that the government has decided to abandon the digital migration project.” — Advanced Television

    Judge rejects AT&T claim that FTC can’t stop unlimited data throttling

    “The FTC sued AT&T in October 2014, saying the company deceived customers by offering unlimited data plans and then throttling data speeds once customers hit certain usage thresholds, such as 3GB or 5GB in a month. AT&T claimed in January that because it is a common carrier, it isn’t subject to FTC jurisdiction.” — ars technica

    NBC eyes option not to sell shows

    Comcast “told regulators in closed-door talks that the changing over-the-top landscape means it should not be required to distribute NBC programming to broadband rivals beyond January 2018.” — New York Post

    Google Fiber’s presence pressures AT&T to adjust 1 Gig pricing plans

    “Google Fiber may have only rolled out its 1 Gbps fiber to a few markets, but it’s clear that its presence continues to place pressure on AT&T to adjust the pricing of its own fiber-to-the-premises U-verse with GigaPower in the markets where it competes with the Internet search giant.” — FierceTelecom

    These maps show why internet is way more expensive in the US than Europe

    “More than a quarter of Americans cannot go online at home to pay bills, check their children’s grades at school, apply for jobs, or research health issues. They don’t have what has become a crucial service for participation in modern society: internet service at home.” — The Verge

    Also Seen:

    Apple Looking for TV Networks to Bear Streaming Costs for Upcoming TV Service

    Suddenlink customers hit with data caps

    Media Companies Reassess Their Identities as Expectations Change

    It’s all about that Grace as YouTube star Helbig kicks off E! comedy/talk show

    Streaming Video Supports the Democratic Process

    HBO is coming to Sling TV this month

    Noteworthy Books

    Promotional Screen Industries

    Distribution Revolution: Conversations about the Digital Future of Film and Television

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