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  • Dr. Strangelove 1:01 pm on 2015-06-11 Permalink | Reply  

    Online Television News 11.June.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: Sorry Bell, Accessing U.S. Netflix is Not Theft

    “Bell Media president Mary Ann Turcke sparked an uproar last week when she told a telecom conference that Canadians who use virtual private networks (VPNs) to access the U.S. version of Netflix are stealing. Turcke is not the first Canadian broadcast executive to raise the issue – her predecessor Kevin Crull and Rogers executive David Purdy expressed similar frustration with VPN use earlier this year – but her characterization of paying customers as thieves was bound to garner attention. Turcke’s comments provide evidence of the mounting frustration among Canadian broadcasters over Netflix’s remarkable popularity in Canada. Netflix launched in Canada less than five years ago, yet reports indicate that it now counts 40 per cent of English-speaking Canadians as subscribers. By contrast, Bell started its Mobile TV service within weeks of the Netflix launch, but today has less than half the number of subscribers. While Canadian broadcasters may be unhappy with subscribers that access the U.S. service, the problem is primarily a competitive issue, not a legal one. Some estimate that 25 per cent of Canadian subscribers have used a VPN to access Netflix. That means 75 per cent of subscribers – millions of Canadians – are content with the Canadian service that offers the largest Netflix library of content outside of the U.S. Turcke’s claim that the minority of Canadian subscribers who access U.S. Netflix through VPNs are “stealing” simply does not withstand legal scrutiny. Those subscribers might be breaching the Netflix terms and conditions, but that is not breaking the law.” — Michael Geist

    EU: Copyright Legislation is Pushing People to Piracy

    “There are 100 million Europeans who would like to access content in other members states but they can’t because of geo-blocking. Around 271 million cross-border trips with at least one overnight stay are carried out by Europeans each year yet those people cannot always get access to the content they bought legally back home while doing so. This is just one indication that the law needs to change, but piracy itself will be challenged. “According to public opinion polls, 68% of film viewers say they are using [illegal] downloads. 20% of Internet users in the European Union are using VPNs to get access to digital content.” — TorrentFreak

    Are ads shot on the iPhone the future?

    “The iPhone has surpassed point-and-shoots to become the world’s most used camera. Advertising video clips shot on the iPhone can be uploaded to Facebook, Instagram, Vine and other social platforms directly, and film directors and advertising producers are starting to shoot movies, TV shows and ads on it.” — The Toronto Star

    The average person already spends half their waking life consuming media

    “Television accounted for 42.4 per cent of global media consumption in 2010, it did dip to 37.9 per cent as of last year, and account for 34.7 per cent by 2017.” — ZenithOptimedia

    1.8 million beauty videos on YouTube amassed over 45 billion views

    “The number of beauty videos grew by 50 percent from January 2014 to April 2015. Women make up 89 percent of the audience and mobile users 55 percent.” — pixability

    Netflix vs. CraveTV: More Than 90% of CraveTV Titles Are Not Available On Netflix U.S. or Canada

    “How many titles does CraveTV offer that overlap with Netflix U.S. and are not available on Netflix Canada? Not many. In fact, the data suggests that there are some CraveTV titles that are not available on Netflix U.S., but are available on Netflix Canada. Overall, more than 90 percent of CraveTV’s titles are not available on either Netflix U.S. or Netflix Canada.” — Michael Geist

    Pay-TV households top 1 Billion

    “About 455 million digital homes were added around the world between end-2010 and end-2014, according to a new report from Digital TV Research. This took the digital TV household total for the 138 countries covered in the Digital TV World Databook report to 1,045 million. Digital TV penetration climbed from 40.5 per cent at end-2010 to 67.2 per cent by end-2014.” — Advanced Television

    Why Hulu is linking up with cable companies

    “Hulu has caught about 9 million paying subscribers to date. It’s trying to prioritize the subscriber-only version of its site, which has a fuller library of shows, and deemphasize the free version.” — CNN

    In TV’s new golden age, consumers are already online. Industry must follow

    “Half the customers for HBO-GO (not available in Canada) are predicted to cut their cable. On average, 25 per cent of the MBA students I ask have cable. Wasn’t it just more like 90 per cent?” — Globe and Mail

    Forget Ad Avoidance, Growth of Digital — TV Holding Its Own

    “TV remains the most efficient vehicle through which to drive consumer purchases, out-delivering digital media (display and social), print and radio. Automotive and telecom particularly favor TV; at similar spending levels, both categories enjoy a six-fold sales lift on TV versus online.” — Advertising Age

    Thirty-Six Percent Of Smartphone Users Regularly Watch Longer-Form Videos

    “A substantial numbers of video viewers report their video consumption on smartphones has increased year-on-year in all of the study’s participating nations, with the most prominent upticks being seen in the U.S. (50%), Canada (42%), New Zealand (42%), South Africa (42%), and the U.K. (40%). This trend is also impacting traditional television viewing across the board, with consumers in China (37%) and Singapore (35%) reporting the highest incidence of watching less TV due to streaming more on mobile. When mobile video viewers do watch traditional television, however, 22 percent are regularly doing so while watching video simultaneously on their phone. This video dual-screening tendency is evident across all markets measured, with the exception of Japan.
    ” — Interactive Advertising Bureau

    Mobile Video Usage: A Global Perspective

    “A new comprehensive survey of consumers from 24 countries around the world who watch smartphone video, published today by the Interactive Advertising Bureau.” — Interactive Advertising Bureau

  • Dr. Strangelove 4:32 pm on 2015-06-08 Permalink | Reply  

    Online Television Research: Update 08.June.2015 

    Academic research, Industry news, and commentary 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: Swedes View 280m ‘Pirate’ Movies & TV Shows Annually

    “A new study has revealed the current appetite for ‘pirate’ content in Sweden. With 29% of adults viewing an estimated 280 million movies and TV shows illegally each year, people are now more likely to stream than download. However, legal services are doing even better, with 71% using Netflix and similar services. The survey found that 19% of respondents stream content illegally, while 17% download. When users engage in both streaming and downloading, streaming is the more popular activity.” — Torrent Freak

    Broadcast, Video-on-Demand, and Other Ways to Watch Television Content: A Household Perspective

    “This paper presents an explorative investigation into households? uses of traditional broadcast television (TV) and more recently introduced video-on-demand (VoD) services. More specifically, we explain how each way of viewing TV and video content relates to different viewing situations in the home. We conducted in-home interviews with seven households in The Netherlands in order to obtain rich data that are required for understanding these phenomena. Our results elaborate on the uses of watching broadcast TV, catch-up services, and video-on-demand streaming services, the recording of content, and the downloading of content. While the traditional broadcast model is on the decline to some extent, our data still revealed essential uses of broadcast concerning certain types of content and specific viewing situations. Based on the results, a number of implications for the design of recommender systems and interfaces, service providers and broadcasters, and TV manufacturers are presented.” — Proceeding TVX ’15: Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Interactive Experiences for TV and Online Video

    TV drama as a social experience: An empirical investigation of the social dimensions of watching TV drama in the age of non-linear television

    “As time-shifting technologies and digital convergence are facilitating and encouraging increasingly individualized and personalized television viewing practices, the social role and function of traditional linear television might be changing as well. Through empirical audience research, using TV diaries and interviews, this article investigates the social dimensions of engaged viewers’ reception of TV drama and explores how audiences themselves experience contemporary television as a social medium. The qualitative analysis reveals three social dimensions in viewers’ engagement with TV drama and indicates that television is generally still perceived as a social medium. Time-shifting technologies do not only fracture audiences, they also create new opportunities for social connections with peer viewers.” — Communications, Volume 40, Issue 2 (June 2015)

    Comparing News Reporting Across Print, Radio, Television and Online: Still distinct manufacturing houses

    “This paper suggests that news media remain distinct despite increasingly converging news environments. Print, online, radio and television constitute not only unique packing and distribution houses of similarly obtained raw materials, as suggested by the generic approach, but also unique manufacturing houses of news, as suggested by the particularist approach. The study compares for the first time the news practices across all four media in national leading Israeli news organizations, based on face-to-face reconstruction interviews, during which a sample of 108 reporters recreated how they obtained each of their randomly sampled, recently published items (N = 859). Medium differences were not only statistically significant but also cut across all studied aspects. Patterns of reporting were much less meticulous and more source-dependent in the immediate media (online and radio) compared to daily media (print and television). Contrary to its infamous reputation, the most complex and rich reporting patterns were found on television.” — Journalism Studies, Feb 2015

    A typology of consumer strategies for resisting advertising, and a review of mechanisms for countering them

    “This article presents a typology of the different ways in which consumers resist advertising, and the tactics that can be used to counter or avoid such resistance. It brings together literatures from different fields of study, including advertising, marketing, communication science and psychology. Although researchers in these subfields have shown a substantial interest in (consumer) resistance, these streams of literature are poorly connected. This article aims to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, and serve as a starting point for future research. Our ACE typology distinguishes three types of resistance strategies: Avoiding, Contesting, and Empowering. We introduce these strategies, and present research describing advertising tactics that may be used to neutralize each of them.” — International Journal of Advertising: The Review of Marketing Communications, Volume 34, Issue 1, 2015

    Making Public Television Social? Public Service Broadcasting and the Challenges of Social Media

    “This article investigates how the rise of social media affects European public service broadcasting (PSB), particularly in the United Kingdom and The Netherlands. We explore the encounter of “social” and “public” on three levels: the level of institution, professional practice, and content. After investigating these three levels, we address the more general question of how public broadcasters are coping with the challenges of social media. How can public television profit from the abilities of social media to engage new young audiences (and makers) without compromising public values? And will PSB be able to extend the creation of public value outside its designated space to social media at large? While the boundaries between public and corporate online space are becoming progressively porous, the meaning of “publicness” is contested and reshaped on the various levels of European public broadcasting.” — Television & New Media, February 2015

    Mobile UDC: Online media content distribution among Finnish mobile Internet users

    “This paper examines the significance of user-distributed content (UDC) for news consumption, thereby offering an innovative take on mass communication and the participatory audience. From the viewpoint of media organizations, UDC is a process by which the mass media converge with online social networks through the intentional use of social media and other platforms and services in an effort to expand the distribution of media content. In order to focus specifically on mobile news consumption, this paper sheds light on the novel phenomenon of mobile user-distributed content (mobile UDC). Mobile UDC is manifested in mobile users’ ability to share online media content on a perpetual and ubiquitous basis. The study utilizes the results from a survey carried out with Finnish Internet users. The main finding is that mobile Internet users are more active in UDC than those who do not use the Internet with mobile devices. It is thus argued that mobile UDC, as a developing concept, can be used to explain the practices that are characteristic of mobile online news consumption.” — Mobile Media & Communication, May 2015

    Predictors of Social Television Viewing: How Perceived Program, Media, and Audience Characteristics Affect Social Engagement With Television Programming

    “This study investigated social television viewing by introducing the social engagement construct. Three categories of factors, television program related perceptions, social media characteristics, and audience attributes, were proposed to predict the social engagement experience. This investigation tested 10 audience motives for using social media to engage with television content. It was found that social engagement is a complex process driven by multiple factors, particularly, program-related variables such as affinity, involvement, and genre preferences, as well as individuals’ innovativeness trait.” — Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Volume 59, Issue 2, 2015

  • Dr. Strangelove 5:23 pm on 2015-06-05 Permalink | Reply  

    Online Television News 05.June.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 ‘stealing’ comment nets backlash for Bell Media chief

    “Turcke criticized newspapers for publishing how-to articles she said were “educating the masses on how to get around copyright law.” Many scoffed at her comments on social media, calling them out of touch and unrealistic.” — The Star

    Digital Video On Social Media Competing With Prime TV

    “Facebook, which started testing video ads in 2013, recently topped 4 billion video views per day, with more than 75% of those views happening on mobile devices, says the report. Cowen and Co. estimates that Facebook will take in $1 billion from video ads in 2015. Facebook has significant demographic data on its users that advertisers can employ for targeting.” — MediaPost

    Adobe Digital Index/ Online Media

    “Overall, connected TV devices, such as Apple TV and Roku, and gaming consoles, such as Xbox, saw dramatic TV Everywhere share growth, from 6% to 24% YoY. These devices have taken share away from Macs and PCs; marketers need to take note and adjust strategies accordingly, Gaffney said.” — CMO by Apple

    Pirate Bay Block Doesn’t Boost Sales, Research Shows

    “New research from Carnegie Mellon University shows that the UK Pirate Bay blockade had no effect on legal consumption. Instead, visitors switched to alternative sites, Pirate Bay mirrors, or started using VPNs. However, the same research also reveals that blocking several major pirate sites at once does boost the use of paid legal services such as Netflix.” — TorrentFreak

    Why User-generated Video Needs the Same Protection as Branded Content

    “Many websites, publishers, and otherwise reputable video platforms were simply freebooting, that is ripping user-generated video content, uploading it to their designated player, and selling premium ads around it without permission from video owners. As if the long-standing online piracy issues weren’t bad enough, third parties were now monetizing stolen content without any retribution whatsoever.” — ReelSEO

    Washington teen jumps to death after being shamed in online video taken by dad

    “Shortly after an online video surfaced showing a 13-year-old girl being shamed by her father after he chopped off her hair, the teen jumped to her death from a Tacoma bridge, police said.” — NY Daily News

    Video advertising rising fast in Canada

    “In 2012, about a fifth of clients said a majority of their “request for proposals” came from video ad components. Last year that number grew to a third. A little over two-thirds of those surveyed said that online video advertising is most effective, or more effective than television.” — B2BNN

    Piracy laid the groundwork for Netflix’s launch in Spain, says CEO

    “As Netflix prepares to launch in Spain this October, the company’s CEO Reed Hastings says that the nation’s history of rampant piracy has laid the necessary groundwork for Netflix’s success. “Well, you can call it a problem, but the truth is that [piracy] has also created a public used to viewing content on the Internet,” Hastings told Spanish newspaper El Mundo.” — ars technica

  • Dr. Strangelove 1:44 pm on 2015-06-04 Permalink | Reply  

    Online Television News 04.June.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: Bell Media president urges behavioural shift to prevent ‘stealing’

    “Last year, 22 per cent of Canadian Netflix subscribers reported using an U.S. IP address, according to research conducted on behalf of CTAM Canada, a cable industry association.” — Globe and Mail

    Google Takes MPAA to Court Over Secret Censorship Plans

    “According to Google’s legal team the documents will shine a light on how the MPAA and others encouraged and helped the Attorney General to push for Internet censorship. “Google expects the documents will show that the Attorney General, the Subpoenaed Parties, and their lobbyists understood that his actions invaded the exclusive province of federal law,” the motion reads. “More fundamentally, the documents are likely to show that the Attorney General’s investigation was intended not to uncover supposed violations of Mississippi law, but instead to coerce Google into silencing speech that Viacom, Fox, and NBC do not like…” — TorrentFreak

    Why Casting Is The Smart Alternative to Clunky, Complex TV Apps

    “I think that our obsession with native apps is holding back widespread OTT adoption – for both brands and consumers. Native Smart TV apps are expensive to build, hard to maintain and represent an investment of time and resources that many content providers are unwilling to tackle.” — VideoNuze

    Piracy is “gateway crime” claims NCA cybercrime chief

    “Speaking at the Infosecurity Europe conference in London, Andy Archibald warned that illegally downloading copies of films, music and games might cause people to try their hands at other crime online.” — Computer Business Review

    Online video gets more tempting, confusing with NFL and Showtime

    “Wednesday’s news that the NFL would finally live-stream a game and that Showtime would be available as a streaming service through Apple only highlight that some aspects of the cable-TV model are not going to die easily.” — Washington Post

    Brands Take (Long) Wait-and-See Approach to Mobile Video

    “Still a nascent market, advertisers are expected to up their U.S. mobile video ad budgets by 70% this year to $2.62 billion, according to new estimates from eMarketer. That’s roughly one-third of the $7.77 billion brands are projected to spend this year in the U.S. on digital video ads overall, but only 9% of the money they’ll drop on mobile ads overall.” — Advertising Age

    Wolverton: Yahoo’s NFL deal a sign of the cord-cutting to come

    “The Sunnyvale company’s agreement to stream a regular season pro football game could represent the beginning of a sea change, where bidding for the rights to broadcast sports games involves not just the traditional broadcast and cable networks, but the big Internet companies such as Apple, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft.” — San Jose Mercury News

    New data bodes well for Apple’s TV effort, but Chromecast could be Google’s Trojan Horse

    “According to data compiled by Adobe Digital Index (ADI), streaming TV has grown by 282 percent in the last year. And that growth has been accompanied by a rise in the use of Apple TV and iOS devices to stream premium TV content. In just the last year, Apple TV doubled its share of paid TV streaming, surpassing longtime leader Roku and popular gaming consoles like Xbox and PlayStation. During the same time period, iOS devices widened their lead on TV streaming—going from 43 percent to 47 percent—with the iPad coming out on top as the most popular device with 30 percent. Overall, 62 percent of premium TV streaming was done on an Apple device.” — Mac World

    Top 5 ads on YouTube

    “To celebrate its 10th anniversary, YouTube, in partnership with the Webby Awards, asked viewers to vote for their favourite branded commercials on the online video channel. The site compiled the votes and offered up a list of people’s favourites, which Google said in a AdWords blog post, have been watched for more than 7.7 million hours (which amounts to more than 875 years).” — Toronto Sun

    It Doesn’t Matter Whether Netflix’s Promo Trailers Are Third-Party Or Original Content

    “Netflix will most likely not pursue third-party advertisements, as shown by its previous decision to turn down a deal from Ritz Crackers. Instead, as stated on its Investor Relations website, the company simply believes in “personalizing promotion of the right content to the right member,” which in this case, means its original content. Since Netflix’s focus is on customer acquisition and retention, it appears it does not have any incentive to add third-party advertising.” — Forbes

    Yahoo’s NFL Deal Will Put Online TV to the Test

    “Last year, FIFA made headlines (for far less unpleasant reasons) when the World Cup became the most-streamed live event ever. In the wake of that success, ESPN, which has traditionally been the gatekeeper of live sports access, launched a web-only subscription service that allowed people to watch the Cricket World Cup online without a cable subscription. Meanwhile, CBS, HBO, and—starting in July—Showtime have launched standalone streaming services that include access to their own sports programming.” — Wired

    TV Season in Review: Biggest Moments on Twitter

    ” Networks, agencies, and advertisers also kept the pulse of Twitter TV conversation for three reasons:

    (1) Social TV is indicative of more than just the engagement of viewers on Twitter. Recent research determined that conversation on Twitter can be used as a bellwether for the engagement of general viewing audiences.

    (2) Understanding the activity and reach of social conversation around TV is an opportunity for networks and agencies to begin to connect the dots between earned media and audience tune-in.

    (3) For advertisers looking to maximize social buzz around their brands, social TV data can surface a goldmine of opportunities to boost earned media through paid TV placements, sponsorships and integrations.”

  • Dr. Strangelove 11:47 am on 2015-06-03 Permalink | Reply  

    Online Television News 03.June.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: Online Video Revenue to Pass DVDs This Year, Theaters in 2017

    “Electronic home-video revenue will climb 13 percent to $9.5 billion this year, while physical sales drop to $7.8 billion, the consulting firm said. By 2017, the electronic revenue will reach $12 billion, at which point it will exceed the U.S. film box office.” — Bloomberg Business

    Kiwis watching more content online – but less piracy

    ” The survey found 51 per cent of Kiwis regularly watch movies online, up from 41 per cent in 2011. Of those, 43 per cent admitted to usually watching movies from an illegal source, which was down from 2011 when 87 per cent said they regularly pirated films.” — New Zealand Herald

    Digital Ads Top TV, Up 11% To Nearly $42 Billion

    “Digital advertising sales — excluding those online revenues going to television broadcasters, newspapers and magazines — will rise 11% this year to $41.8 billion from $37.5 billion over a year ago” — MediaPost

    With too many shows chasing viewers, many series will disappear by next year

    ” Of the 352 scripted series that aired last year, 199 — up sevenfold from 2000 — came from basic cable channels like AMC and from pay channels such as HBO. Another 129 ran on broadcast networks like CBS and NBC. And 24 came from streaming services such as Netflix and’s Prime.” — Bloomberg News

    YouTube trains its sights on traditional TV: ‘It’s a no-growth business’

    “We think it’s all about mobile, and that’s where we’re putting most of our efforts across the board … We think that phone is the remote control for your life, and it’s definitely the remote control for your video.” According to YouTube’s own stats, half of its views are already on mobile devices, with mobile “watch time” growing nearly 100% in the past year, compared to growth in overall YouTube watch time of 50% in that period.” — The Guardian

    As the Video Wars Mount, a New Way for Creators to Get Paid

    “Vimeo, the IAC-owned online company best known for hosting ad-free user-generated videos, today said it’s arming creators with the tools to charge fans a monthly subscription fee for unlimited viewing. The subscription tools are rolling out as an update to Vimeo on Demand, the platform Vimeo creators use to sell video content directly to viewers.” — Wired

    Viral Video Roundup May 2015

    “Some of best videos of last month in our viral video roundup for May 2015” — ReelSEO

    China Begins Tightening Regulations on Reality Shows

    “China’s state media watchdog is planning a raft of new rules for reality TV shows, which will restrict satellite broadcasters to one reality series, most likely per year, and state that programs must be “close to the masses.” — Time

    BBC licence fee under ‘unprecedented pressure’ from Netflix

    “As well as a potentially reduced role in entertainment for public television providers such as the BBC, the PwC research also highlighted the impact streaming services could have on broadcast advertising. Netflix does not carry advertising, for example, and its subscribers are becoming more familiar with programming without interruption, slowing advertising sales growth for broadcasters.” — The Telegraph

    Amazon adds 600 titles in six months

    “Amazon Fire TV selection has grown 127% in just the last six months, and is continuing to accelerate.” — RapidTV News

    There’s a new prime time in Australia due to the streaming obsession

    “This new Aussie prime time runs from 9 p.m. until about midnight when it tails off, Sneesby said. Traditionally in Australia, prime time is considered to start at 6 p.m.” — Mashable

    How Facebook’s video-traffic explosion is shaking up the advertising world

    “News site BuzzFeed’s video views on Facebook grew 80-fold in a year, reaching more than 500 million in April. A series of eight videos by digital-media startup Mic garnered 33 million views in just two months. TYT has watched views grow by 10 times in four months. Dozens of other sites are reporting similar results—great news for them, and even better news for the social networking giant.” — Fortune

    TV Is Losing Ground to the Internet Where It Really Counts

    “As a spate of new shows from Netflix and Amazon prove that some of the best television being made streams rather than airs, TV will take a financial hit. PwC’s annual five-year forecast for entertainment and media released today has revised downward the growth rate for ad spending on television. Last year, PwC predicted advertising would increase 5.5 percent annually over the next five years; now PwC says that rate will slow to just 4 percent annually through 2019.” — Wired

  • Dr. Strangelove 7:48 pm on 2015-06-01 Permalink | Reply  

    Online Television News 01.06.2015 

    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: We can all make TV. Now what?

    “Look where Meerkat and Periscope point. I mean, historically. They vector toward a future where anybody anywhere can send live video out to the glowing rectangles of the world. If you’ve looked at the output of either, several things become clear about their inevitable evolutionary path.” — Doc Searls Weblog

    BBC iPlayer’s Poor Traffic Figures: Another Blow To BBC Three’s Online Plans

    “The rise and rise of online viewing – particularly among young adults – has been cited by BBC management as a key driver of their daft plan to move BBC Three, the youth-focused TV channel, online only.” — Forbes

    Sports are no savior to big cable bundles, survey says

    “Of cable subscribers, 67 percent said sports weren’t the reason they kept their service.” — c|net

    Has Netflix burst iPlayer’s bubble? Viewing figures fall for third month in a row as subscription streaming service booms

    “The BBC iPlayer’s winning streak may be coming to an end, as millions of viewers abandon the on-demand video service in favour of rivals like Netflix.” — Daily Mail

    The introduction of Australian digital television: Politics, policy and power

    “The digital settlement introduced in 2001 entirely determined what Australians watched on their television screens for the first decade of the 21st century.” — Australian Journal of Political Science

    Inviting the Audience – Interactive, Participatory, and Social Television in Finland

    “The development of Finnish digital television has been much more diverse and subtle than has been anticipated by following only the news, media, and contemporary discourses on the subject of television. The results will benefit both practitioners and academics by identifying the recent history of Finnish television.” — Department of History, Culture and Arts Studies. Digital culture, Doctoral thesis

    Peru: Pirated Pay-TV represents 52% of total connections

    “The informal market or pirated pay TV in Peru represents a whopping 52% of the total connections according to the Executive Director of the Alliance Against Piracy Pay Television” — Peru This Week

    Viral YouTube clips help America’s TV comedy stars find new audiences

    “Where do old comedians go when they retire? Like everyone else, famous or otherwise, they go to the internet. But some find new life there, too. More than 17 years since his eponymous TV show was cancelled, Jerry Seinfeld, one of the most successful – and certainly most wealthy – comedians of his generation, has found a new generation of fans, and 100 million online viewers.” — The Guardian

    Illegal sports piracy networks undercutting TV networks

    “Rogue operators are ripping off the digital feeds for Sky Racing and Foxtel’s channels – including Fox Footy – and selling them back to Australians for $17.99 a month.” — Sunday Morning Herald

    Popcorn Time helps film piracy to live on – even though it technically doesn’t exist

    “The public wants video content, and they don’t want to have to care about who is controlling distributors and streaming services. Judging by the rapid ascension of newer and better movie streaming sites the instant old ones get shut down, a significant portion of the population does not appear to be buying the film and TV industry’s assertion that watching a stream of a popular movie online is the moral equivalent of shoplifting.” — The Guardian

    ‘Goodbye, community TV’: stations fighting for their lives

    “Australia’s five community TV stations are currently preparing business plans that show they cannot become sustainable online by the end of the year.” — Daily Review

    AT&T: Broadband Usage Caps Are Awesome, And Preventing Us From Abusing Them Is A Horrible Injustice

    “While AT&T is now a part of two lawsuits to try and overturn the FCC’s new net neutrality rules, there’s probably no company singularly more responsible for the rules being necessary in the first place. It was AT&T that really got the neutrality debate rolling in the States just about a decade ago, when then CEO Ed Whitacre proudly proclaimed he was going to start charging companies like Google a “troll toll” just for touching his network.” — TechDirt

    Online Ad Spending to Pass TV Spots This Year

    “So-called core online advertising, defined as money spent on search engines and digital sources not affiliated with traditional media, will climb 11 percent to $41.8 billion this year, Washington-based FTI said in a statement. Broadcast ad revenue will rise minimally to $38.9 billion.” — Bloomberg Business

  • Dr. Strangelove 1:08 pm on 2015-05-29 Permalink | Reply  

    Online Television News 29.05.2015 

    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: Netflix, HBO Streaming Video Traffic Increases As BitTorrent Declines

    “Overall BitTorrent (file-sharing) traffic is declining, and today only accounts for 6.3 percent of total traffic in North America and 8.5 percent of Latin American traffic.” — TechCrunch

    Internet Protocol Television Canadian Market Worth $12,210.3 Million by 2020

    “Internet Protocol Television Canadian Market to grow from $2,807.4 Million in 2015 and is expected to reach $12,210.3 Million by 2020 at a CAGR of 34.2% during the forecast period 2015-2020.” — PR Newswire

    Google’s Android TV Wants to Turn Every App Into a TV Channel

    “Publishers of internet video apps can now add linear channels of programming to the company’s Android TV platform, where these channels are going to be available in the same program grid also used to navigate broadcast TV networks.” — Variety

    News Corp, Time, New York Times Have Big Plans for Mobile Video

    “Digital ad sales at the New York Times appear to be gaining momentum. Digital ad sales have grown at a double-digit pace for multiple quarters, including nearly an 11% rise in the quarter ended March 31. Mobile revenue has grown at a 40% year-over-year clip at the newspaper publisher and now comprises more than a tenth of all digital ad revenue.” — TheStreet

    AT&T wants to choose which online video services count against data caps

    “AT&T’s “Sponsored Data” program already charges businesses, often in the ad industry, for the right to deliver services without counting against customers’ mobile data caps. AT&T could potentially charge online video streaming services for exemptions from the caps imposed on AT&T home broadband subscribers as well or exempt its own online services from caps.” — ars technica

    How Netflix Keeps Finding Itself on the Same Side as Regulators

    “To many in the cable and broadband businesses, the invisible hand of Netflix has been apparent in the failed Comcast-Time Warner Cable combination; in likely restrictions on the merger between AT&T and DirecTV; and in the Obama administration’s embrace of net neutrality, to cite just three prominent examples.” — New York Times

    Shaw, Rogers scale back ‘upfront’ offerings

    “This year, 67 per cent of ad agency executives in Canada said they believe that “online video advertising is as effective or more effective than TV,” according to an annual study released by Brightroll and the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Canada. The survey of 130 executives also found that nearly one-third now see requests for online video in a majority of requests for proposals from marketers. That number has grown 47 per cent in the past two years.” — Globe and Mail

    Comcast under fire for possible violations before NBCU purchase

    “They’re sitting on a ton of potential evidence,” one source close to the process, explained.” — New York Post

    China’s Alibaba To Cooperate with Producer Enlight Media on Slate of Movies, OTT Projects

    “Amid growing speculation about Alibaba’s strategy in the entertainment business, Enlight Media, one of China’s leading private film companies, has signed a framework deal with the e-commerce giant to broaden cooperation on film production and online services.” — Hollywood Reporter

    Cable-TV and Internet subscribers remain unhappy customers

    “Only one of 39 Internet providers received a middling score for value, with the remainder failing to reach even that level of mediocrity. TV-service providers also took a beating, with 20 of the 24 companies earning our lowest scores for value; the rest managed to do just a little bit better. Bundles also weren’t deemed especially good deals, since only one of 20 bundled services got an average mark for value—the others all did worse.” — Consumer Reports

    UN: Encryption and Anonymity Must Be Protected

    “The Special Rapporteur, recognizing that the value of encryption and anonymity tools depends on their widespread adoption, encourages States, civil society organizations and corporations to engage in a campaign to bring encryption by design and default to users around the world and, where necessary, to ensure that users at risk be provided the tools to exercise their right to freedom of opinion and expression securely,” the report concludes.” — TorrentFreak

  • Dr. Strangelove 3:17 pm on 2015-05-28 Permalink | Reply  

    Online Television News 28.05.2015 

    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: 7 Deadly Sins: Where Hollywood is Wrong about the Future of TV

    “There are seven key threats that continue to be overlooked by the major and minor television networks. Of course, not all apply to every player, nor are they equally menacing – but as a whole, they’re critical to both understanding and planning for the future of television.” — Redef

    Global Digital TV World Household Forecasts Report 2015

    “According to the Digital TV World Household Forecasts report, global digital TV penetration will reach 97.6% of television households by end-2020, up from 40.5% at end-2010 and 67.2% at end-2014. By 2020, 93 countries will be completely digital compared with only 17 at end-2014. About 124 countries will have more than 90% digital penetration by 2020.” — Digital Journal

    Ni Hao, Netflix! How Entering China Is Harder Than Scaling the Great Wall

    “In a lot of ways — the wrong ways, in Hollywood terms — Netflix already is in China. When House of Cards’ third season debuted in the country, there were tens of thousands of illegal downloads. GlobalWebIndex estimates that more than 20 million Chinese people use so-called virtual private networks to access Netflix, even though it is not officially available there.” — Hollywood Reporter

    Rogers, Shaw face Netflix head-on by making Shomi available to everyone

    “The companies came out of the gate positioning their streaming services as retention tools for their existing customers, hoping to stem losses as more Canadians cancelled their traditional television services or never subscribed in the first place. Shomi’s move shakes up the streaming game in Canada as it steps into Netflix’s territory.” — Globe and Mail

    This TV broadcaster may put its shows on Apple’s rumored cable killer

    “Television broadcaster CBS will likely sign onto Apple’s rumored streaming TV service, giving viewers access to marquee shows like Big Bang Theory and NCIS.” — Fortune

    Google’s YouTube Revenue To Reach $13 billion by FY17: Merrill Lynch

    “YouTube management said that its annual revenue growth has been 50% in the previous three years. It also emphasized that Interactive Advertising Bureau’s (IAB) data on video ad spending shows that “YouTube is capturing 50% video ad share in the US.” — Business Finance News

  • Dr. Strangelove 5:59 pm on 2015-05-27 Permalink | Reply  

    Online Television News 27.05.2015 

    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: In 5 years, 80 percent of the whole Internet will be online video

    “The cord-cutting household [consumes] more than twice as much data per month as non-cord-cutters,” said Robert Pepper, Cisco’s vice president of global technology policy.” — Washington Post

    Broadband at the Center of Charter-Time Warner Cable Deal

    ” . . . critics remained skeptical. Charter and Time Warner Cable rank near the bottom in customer satisfaction surveys, and some questioned whether the combined company would follow through on the promises it made to improve service.” — New York Times

    China Makes Sense For Netflix, But It Won’t Be Easy

    “China’s online video market grew 77% in 2014 and generated 23.97 billion Yuan ($3.88 billion) in revenues. The online market is expected to triple and touch 90 billion Yuan ($14.5 billion) by 2018. China had 649 million internet users by the end of 2014, most for any country in the world. According to the 2010 consensus conducted by the National Bureau of Statistics, China had an average figure of 3.1 persons per household. Using this figure, and assuming one connection per household, we estimate that China has close to 209 million internet households. Around 27% of China’s internet connections have connection speeds of 4 Mbps or above, the minimum speed recommended for streaming high definition content. This essentially means that entering the Chinese online video market will give Netflix access to a potential market of about 56.5 million broadband households. In comparison, the company’s launch in France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg last year gave it access to about 66 million broadband households.” — Forbes

    Why Charter’s $55 billion TWC bid may pass muster

    “Because Charter doesn’t own content assets, it doesn’t have a history of disputes with content companies such as Netflix.” — CBS News

    Internet overtakes TV as most complained about advertising medium

    “The internet has overtaken television as the most complained-about advertising medium in the UK, with campaigns from “fake” government websites causing a surge of concerns among consumers.” — The Independent

  • Dr. Strangelove 2:08 pm on 2015-05-26 Permalink | Reply  

    Online Television News 26.05.2015 

    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: April 2015 U.S. Desktop Online Video Rankings

    “191 million Americans watched online content videos via desktop computer in April 2015. Google Sites ranked as the top video content property, BrightRoll Platform was the top video ad property, and Disney/Maker Studios topped the list of YouTube partner channels. Google Sites, driven primarily by video viewing at, ranked as the top online video content property in April with 152.8 million unique viewers. Facebook ranked #2 with 83.5 million viewers, followed by Yahoo Sites with 55.4 million, Maker Studios Inc. with 43.7 million and VEVO with 43.1 million.” — comScore

    Will YouTube Viewers Click ‘Shop’ Instead of ‘Skip’ on Pre-Roll Ads?

    Google now allows YouTube viewers to “click to shop” on pre-roll ads. — AdWeek

    Streaming Video Overtakes Live Programming As Method-of-Choice

    “Streaming video services, used by more than 42% of American households, has overtaken live programming as the viewing method-of-choice, with 56% of consumers now streaming movies and 53% streaming television on a monthly basis, as compared to 45% of consumers preferring to watch television programs live.” — MediaPost

    Supergirl Pilot Leaks to Torrent Sites, Six Months Early

    “Although it’s certainly possible that the pilot contains hidden watermarks, as far as visible identifiers go the 46 minute episode looks very clean.” — TorrentFreak

    More than 40% of Canadian broadband households connect a computer directly to a TV to access online content

    “Nearly one-third of broadband households are downloading movies or TV shows at least once a month, and 8% are using VPN and proxy services to obtain content from foreign services.” — Parks Associates

    Web Serials: Why the future of television is on the internet

    “While many web series are produced independently, and posted on YouTube or their own websites, conventional broadcasters are also getting into the game.” — CBC News

    How Movie Studios Exploit Video on Demand Services

    “It’s no wonder that streaming and P2P services are thriving: Majors’ constraints imposed on people who are trying to abide by their standards are just disabling anyone trying to be competitive enough and offer a comprehensive catalogue at a decent cost to the public.” — TorrentFreak

    Web pirates are stealing from sports broadcasters

    “One of the most popular pirate sports sites,, attracts 389,000 monthly visitors in the U.S., according to online-audience tracker comScore. That’s a drop in the bucket compared with the 100 million cable or satellite TV subscribers.” — Crain’s New York Business

    Online video services and other media: Substitutes or complement

    “The results show that an increase in the time spent on online video services reduces the time spent on cable TV and games. Among the online video content categories, broadcast network programs and cable network programs reduced the time spent on cable TV, and movies reduced the time spent on games. Moreover, the amount of time spent viewing online videos reduced the time spent on non-media activities but increased sleeping time.” — Computers in Human Behaviour

    Video advertising on Facebook and other social media on the rise

    “Priced around $25, the cost per thousand impressions (CPM), digital video ads are between five to 10 times more expensive than a traditional display ad with a static image and text such as a Web banner, Credit Suisse and other sources estimates. In fact, the cost of a video ad on a social media platform can be comparable to some TV ads.” — San Jose Mercury News

    30 per cent of Foxtel subscribers are considering ditching service for streaming

    “More than 30 per cent of Foxtel subscribers are thinking of ditching the service for alternative streaming platforms such as Netflix.” — Australia Financial Review

    How YouTube is redefining celebrity with online video creators

    “Google has opened production facilities in London, Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo and Sao Paulo for creators who have more than 5,000 subscribers to film videos. The studios are equipped with sets and equipment that transcend most YouTubers’ living rooms and webcams. The spaces also serve as social hubs for creators. Several of them will host 10th anniversary parties on Wednesday.” — Financial Post

    Charter Communications is purchasing Time Warner Cable for $55.3B

    “The deal comes a month after Comcast, the country’s largest cable provider and owner of NBCUniversal, walked away from a $45.2 billion bid for Time Warner Cable, the No. 2 cable company, after intense pressure from regulators. Time Warner Cable had chosen the Comcast deal and rejected a $38 billion hostile offer from Charter in early 2014.” — CP24

    Netflix Wants to Usher in a New Golden Age of Nonfiction TV

    “Traditionally, documentaries have targeted niche audiences, defiantly unconcerned with commercial success. They don’t attract nearly as many viewers on the big or small screen as their commercial-minded Hollywood counterparts. Netflix thinks it can change that dynamic, drawing big audiences to nonfiction fare using the same algorithms and data it’s relied on to engineer hits like House of Cards.” — Wired

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