Digital Daily Dozen 01/14/2014

Weather Channel Bumped Off DirecTV In Fee Fight

The Weather Channel said that it was no longer available to DirecTV subscribers after its carriage deal expired at 12:01 a.m. ET Tuesday. “This is unprecedented for The Weather Channel. In our 32 years, we have never had a significant disruption due to a failure to reach a carriage agreement,” David Kenny, chairman and CEO.

Powell’s KISC Communications Reg Theory: Keep It Simple Congress

Any consideration of a new Communications Act should be guided by the oath to "first do no harm." That is the message to the House Communications Subcommittee from former FCC Chair Michael Powell, according to a copy of his prepared testimony for a Jan. 15 hearing. That, and the admonition to "keep it simple."

Wiley: Communications Law Must Be Flexible

Former FCC chairman Dick Wiley says the problem with communications law is not a failure of Congress or of FCC "vision," but that the government has a tough time writing laws and regulations that can keep pace with changing technology.

Google Hatches New Plan, Acquires Nest To Organize Real World’s Information

Google expanded its effort to connect with homes, cars and living rooms Monday on the news that it will pay $3.2 billion in cash for Nest Labs. The company makes Internet-connected home devices like thermostats and smoke alarms, controlled remotely by apps on smartphones.

RIAA Wants Google to Implement Five-Point Anti-Piracy Plan

This week the global music industry sent its 100 millionth DMCA takedown request to Google. According to the RIAA, this staggering number has done very little to keep the most blatant pirate sites out of search results. Together with IFPI, the RIAA urges Google to up its anti-piracy efforts, which includes demoting pirate sites.

The government’s claims about the role that NSA’s “bulk” surveillance of phone and e-mail communications records has had in keeping the US safe from terrorism are overblown and even misleading.

Verizon has signed up four new service provider IP VoIP arrangements as part of its IP VoIP interconnection partnership program, but it still has to overcome a number of regulatory issues. Verizon added Broadvox and InterMetro and an "agreement on terms with two others."


The most prevalent concern for investors is that broadcasters, if they lose their case vs Aereo at the Supreme Court, might make good on their threats to only offer their hit shows on pay TV. That could sting as they “lose reach, ratings from broadcast-only homes, and reverse network [compensation]” from affiliates.

Japan to tax sales of content downloaded from abroad

Japan is planning to tax sales of foreign online content such as e-books, apps and downloaded music by late 2015, according to a newspaper report.

SEC Network looks to charge higher rate than other conference channels

ESPN is looking to charge a fee of $1.30 per monthly subscriber for the SEC Network within the SEC’s geographic footprint, a higher rate than other conference channels. That would be the fee for cable and satellite operators within the SEC’s 11-state footprint, and it would drop to 25 cents outside SEC territory.

Retrans Reform Heats Up In Washington

With a new FCC chair and a pledge to overhaul the Communications Act, TV stations’ growing revenue stream is under a microscope. Tired of broadcasters’ ever-increasing demands for retransmission consent payments, the pay TV distributors — cable and satellite operators — are determined to modify the law or FCC rules.

Snapchat, WhatsApp Lead to Text Message Decline
After two decades in which texting transformed the English language, the number of messages sent in Britain fell for the first time last year. Younger smartphone owners are turning to Internet-based message services such as WhatsApp and Snapchat. "The trend began in the U.S."

Report: Publishers Doing Native on the Cheap
One marketer has told of a news outlet promising native content produced by its top journalists but that ultimately used marketing freelancers. "They represented themselves as giving access to their editorial staff. Then they delivered articles written by copywriters."

The Digital Daily Dozen is distributed weekdays (usually) by Dom Caristi as a service of the BSU Digital Policy Institute. The articles are culled from various e-newsletters. The content is not original – only their compilation in this mailing is.