Digital Daily Dozen 06/12/2014

Streaming Media Device Use In Broadband Homes Hits 20%

Although initially a hot seller, Google Chromecast usage has cooled somewhat — partly because of a hotly competitive market overall for Internet-connected TV devices. New streaming media devices have increased in usage to nearly 20% of U.S. broadband homes for the first quarter of 2014.


A US Appellate Court has ruled that police must obtain a warrant before collecting cellphone location data, finding that acquiring records of what cell towers a phone connected to and when it was connected to them constitutes a Fourth Amendment search.


AT&T and DirecTV said in a federal application that their combined companies would be able to offer lower prices for bundles of satellite TV and high-speed Internet, putting pressure on cable companies to also cut fees. The companies say that’s great for consumers and should be a key reason to approve their $49 billion deal.


People tend to talk about the Internet the way they talk about democracy — optimistically, and in terms that describe how it ought to be rather than how it actually is. This idealism is what buoys much of the network neutrality debate, and yet many of what are considered to be core issues at stake have already been decided.

Internet Security Firm Offers Free Protection to Political, Artistic Sites That Get Attacked

CloudFlare is launching a new free protection program, called Project Galileo, for sites which have been deemed by outside free speech groups to be “politically and artistically important.” CloudFlare is a content delivery network, basically one of the Internet middle men which helps sites speed up their traffic.

Facebook Gives Advertisers More Access to Your Data. You’ll Probably Be Fine With It.

Facebook is going to give advertisers who want to target its users even more ammunition. The social network will start letting advertisers take information about what Facebook’s users do on the site, mix it with data about the stuff they do on other Web sites and use it to hone their pitch.

Aereo SCOTUS Win Could Hurt TV Stocks

Wells Fargo securities analyst Marci Ryvicker says a victory for Aereo at the Supreme Court would likely send pure-play TV stocks lower by 15%-20%. The ruling is expected before July 4 and could come as early as today.

Dish Internet Targets Cord Cutters, Haters

Dish wants to make inroads with people who are fed up with traditional pay TV with its upcoming internet-based TV service, said company exec Adam Lowy at the TV of Tomorrow Show in San Francisco. “Cord cutters, cord nevers and what we call cord haters” will be the target audience of the new service, he said.

News Orgs Facing Second Digital Disruption

Many traditional news companies are struggling with a second wave of digital innovation that threatens to sweep away the relationships they have enjoyed with readers and viewers for a century or more.

What is good regulation and consumer protection in the age of convergence? (Commentary)

We have seen the merging of the phone, TV and PC. While the benefits may seem obvious, these profound changes create difficulties, particularly in the area of regulation. Each one of these systems is governed by a different set of rules and regulatory agencies. Who then should be in charge when all these services merge?

Comcast to Test Video Service Taking On YouTube

Comcast plans to test a new platform for the distribution of online videos through its new X1 cable set-top boxes by the end of the year, according to company SVP of video Matt Strauss. The service, he said, will be similar to YouTube, allowing content creators to upload videos.

Analyst: U.S. Media Rules Should Consider Digital

U.S. regulators should consider including pay TV and online video as relevant local market competitors to broadcasting. That is according to media analyst David Bank, a managing director at RBC Capital Markets, in prepared testimony for a hearing on media ownership.

New Amazon Prime benefit: streaming music

Amazon Prime is indeed adding music to the mix. After much speculation, the online retailer is launching a streaming service called Prime Music, at no additional cost for Prime members who pay $99 a year. Those members will automatically gain access to more than one million songs.

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.