Digital Daily Dozen 03/12/2014

Free Press to Hill: Drop JSA, CableCARD Provisions Out of STELA

Free Press is advising the House Communications Subcommittee to drop a provision in a Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA) draft that would prevent the FCC from making immediate changes to TV station joint sales agreements (JSAs) and another that would remove the FCC ban on integrated set-top boxes.

NAB Praises STELA Move to Foreclose FCC JSA Limit

The National Association of Broadcasters still questions the need to reauthorize the satellite distant signal blanket license given that local TV stations are being delivered by satellite companies "in nearly every DMA and are a thriving competitive alternative to cable."

Survey: TV Subs Increasingly ‘Overwhelmed’ By Channel Tonnage

A growing number of pay-TV subs are "overwhelmed" by the number of channels offered to them, Digitalsmiths found in its latest consumer survey of video trends. Digitalsmiths, the TiVo-owned video search and recommendation firm, said 30.9% of those surveyed fell into this category.

CBS Chief Moonves: We Can Go Over-the-Top If Aereo Wins at Supreme Court

CBS CEO Leslie Moonves continued to downplay the threat posed by Aereo — the Internet startup facing a showdown with broadcasters at the Supreme Court — saying the Eye could deliver its own “over-the-top” service. “If Aereo should work — if they can win, which we don’t think they can — we can go OTT.”

As the Web Turns 25, Its Creator Talks About Its Future

It has been 25 years since the World Wide Web began and some are worried that its free and open nature could be in jeopardy as corporations push to control the speed and type of content that is shared online.

N.S.A. Nominee Promotes Cyberwar Units

Citing cyberattacks on the new Ukrainian government, President Obama’s nominee to run the National Security Agency, Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers, said "cyber will be an element of every crisis."

Pay TV’s Mission Is To Kill Free Broadcast TV (Commentary)

Pay TV’s fixation on retransmission rights isn’t about programming prices — it’s about eliminating the free TV model and increasing advertising revenues for pay TV distributors.

Fox Questions Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger
Chase Carey, president of 21st Century Fox, has raised questions about Comcast’s potential dominance of the U.S. broadband Internet market if regulators allow its $45.2 billion merger with Time Warner Cable to be completed. "Is there choice in broadband?"

Research: Millennials Trust User Generated Content
Some forms of media are more important to millennials than others, according to research by Crowdtap. User-generated content — which encompasses social-media posts, photos, blogs, email and texting — occupies about 5.4 hours of the average millennial’s day.

Amazon’s TV Box to Ship with Netflix, Hulu Plus
Amazon’s forthcoming set-top box won’t just peddle the company’s own video streaming service. The device is expected to also come with apps for direct competitors including Netflix and Hulu Plus. Amazon has been working on a set-top box for a couple of years now.

TV Viewers Heed Social-Media Buzz, Not Apps

Social-media buzz is slowly having an influence over TV viewers’ program choices — but less from specific social TV media apps. More people watch a TV show because of Facebook, Twitter or social network buzz, and fewer pay attention to social TV apps.

Italian police investigate Skype use for ‘porno blackmail’

Italian police in Genoa have opened an investigation into the use of Skype to trap victims into online sexual indiscretions, which are recorded and used as a pretext for extortion.

Attackers trick 162,000 WordPress sites into launching DDoS attack

Security researchers have uncovered a recent distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that used at least 162,000 WordPress-powered websites to knock another site offline. The technique made it possible for an attacker with modest resources to greatly amplify the bandwidth at its disposal.

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.