Digital Daily Dozen 04/03/2014

Traditional TV Ads Solid, But Digital TV Video Soars

Traditional TV advertising continues to make steady and small single-digit percentage gains, while digital TV video is sustaining its big double-digit rapid growth. TV advertising will climb 3.3% in 2014 to $68.54 billion, with digital video advertising spending 41% higher to $5.89 billion.

Wheeler Defends Joint Service Ruling at ACA Summit

Calling broadcasters’ joint service agreements for signal retransmission a "charade" and insisting that "the negotiating table has to be level," FCC chair Tom Wheeler defended Monday’s commission ruling that places strict limits on such TV ad sale arrangements.

Computer Companies Back Aereo

The Computer & Communications Industry Association (Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!) and Mozilla tell the Supreme Court that if it finds against Aereo, it would threaten cloud computing.

Blackburn: Net Neutrality Sends Wrong Message

Rep. Marsha Blackburn said: "Telling Congress and the international community that they are serious about relinquishing control over the [Internet Assigned Numbers Authority] contract while simultaneously having the FCC working to promote Net Neutrality is disingenuous at best.”

Aereo to Reach Every Major City if Backed by Court

Barry Diller said he plans to expand Aereo’s streaming-TV service into every major American city if the startup prevails in its fight with broadcasters before the U.S. Supreme Court. An Aereo win "allows technology and innovation to move forward, whoever benefits."

Yahoo Aims to Bring Local TV News to the Internet

Yahoo is said to be in talks to buy News Distribution Network, an outfit that syndicates clips from U.S. local news affiliates. It appears that Yahoo is looking to make local TV news a big part of the online landscape. "Local TV news and the web is a marriage made in heaven."

Twitter’s Dorsey Asked by U.S. to Fund ‘Cuban Twitter’

In 2010, U.S. high-tech contractors put together a secret plan to build a "Cuban Twitter," aimed at undermining Cuba’s communist government. Officials even turned to Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey to seek funding for the project. Dorsey declines to comment on the effort.

With Fire TV, Amazon Exec Pledges “Increasing Investment” in Games

Amazon’s new Fire TV is largely designed to compete with the Roku and Apple TV, streaming movies and TV shows from the Internet, with a few bonus features like voice search. But as expected, the new set-top box is also poised to serve up a different type of content: Games.

High-Stakes Duel In D.C.: NAB Vs. FCC

The trade group’s two losses at the commission this week — on JSAs and joint retrans negotiations — are troubling to broadcasters because they believe FCC Chair Tom Wheeler has it in for them and other important issues are in the regulatory pipeline. But the news out of the nation’s capital is not all bad for NAB.

Aereo Gets Support from Cable Operators, Law Professors, Tech Industry

The high court justices are now hearing the opinion of the American Cable Association, which represents 850 small- and medium-sized cable operators, who showcases why the Aereo decision has the potential to literally swing billions of dollars.

EU Parliament votes to end roaming fees by 2016, protect "net neutrality"

The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favor of ending mobile phone roaming fees, a move that will cheer Europe’s consumers even as it frustrates telecoms companies. In a sitting of the parliament in Brussels, lawmakers backed legislation that will phase out roaming fees across the 28-country EU by 2015.


Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) chief Fadi Chehadé defended the US government’s move to cede oversight of the body, and downplayed concerns that Russia, China or other countries could exert control and restrict the web’s openness.


What the cable companies, the telecoms, and the satellites provide is an infrastructure, a platform. On top of that platform has been built a magnificent, rapidly changing edifice. Further, the Klein interview reveals Crawford’s fixation on delivery of Internet by wire. But the growth and the future of broadband are mobile.

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.