Digital Daily Dozen: 10/21/15

As U.S. Tech Companies Scramble, Group Sees Opportunity in Safe Harbor Decision (NY Times)   

Companies are scrambling. American and European lawmakers are upset. And no one really knows how to respond. The group of leading global privacy experts hopes to see greater cooperation between Europe’s privacy regulators and the Federal Trade Commission. 

NBCU Exec Calls for Better TV Measurement (Broadcasting & Cable) 

As television viewing continues to scatter and fragment to smartphones and tablets, capturing and measuring that viewing continues to be a challenge that must be addressed by programmers and TV distributors, a top NBCUniversal exec said. 

Comcast In Sweeping Data Licensing Talks (Wall Street Journal) 

Comcast is talking with a number of audience measurement companies and TV networks to license its data to them. The company is looking to harness data from streaming devices and set-top boxes and organize the details into dashboards, which networks and marketers can use to target certain data segments.  

HBO CEO Richard Plepler Criticizes Comcast, Other Pay-TV Firms for Snubbing Streaming Service (Variety) 

Richard Plepler has a message for Brian Roberts: Don’t turn your back on his streaming service. The HBO CEO called out his Comcast counterpart and multiple other leading U.S. pay-TV distributors who don’t offer HBO Now with their broadband products as digital giants like Apple and Google have over the past nine months.


The House approved the Judicial Redress Act, a bill that would extend certain Privacy Act rights to European citizens — a must-pass bill if the US wants to finalize an agreement with European countries to share law enforcement information.   


In Slate, Eli Dourado has a post in support of Comcast’s move to cap broadband usage at 300GB per month unless you want to pay $10 for a little more or $30 for unlimited. I have played the “rational economist explains to consumers why a restriction is good for them card” more times than I can count.   


Third-party set-top boxes, with certain exceptions, can’t get easy access to live content. How to fix that is shaping up to be a big fight involving some of America’s biggest companies, ranging from Google to Comcast. And the outcome could define how you watch your subscription channels for years to come.   

Google, Yahoo tighten spam filtering (Network World)

Google and Yahoo are expanding their use of a successful system for identifying spam. The move is part of years-long effort to implement a series of checks designed to figure out if an email really has been sent by the domain it purports to come from. Email spoofing has long been a problem since it’s easy to forge the “from” address.   

The Home Page Isn’t Dead – And Its Design Matters (Media Shift) 

The home page can be valuable real estate. Earlier this year, Quartz publisher Jay Lauf, whose publication was one of the first to declare the death of the home page, said, “… Even if 11 percent of our audience … is on the home page, that’s something like one million or so people who are going to the home page on a regular basis.”  

Sports Industry To Reach $73.5 Billion By 2019 (Forbes)

The sports market in North America was worth $60.5 billion in 2014. It is expected to reach $73.5 billion by 2019. The biggest reason for such growth is projected increases in revenue derived from media rights deals, which is predicted to surpass gate revenues as the sports industry’s largest segment. 

Why Snapchat’s Disappearing Content Matters to Hollywood (Hollywood Reporter)

Now that Snapchat’s original programming push has disappeared as quickly as its messages do, content creators are debating the potential fallout. As the hot messaging app shutters its studio only nine months after it launched Snap Channel, online creators see a potential ripple effect: “It’s just the first of many.” 

Digital Bill Of Rights (Media Post- Proposed)     

I’m probably not the only person who believes that the best summary of the anger and frustration that leads people to block digital ads is captured in Peter Finch’s line from the movie “Network”: “I’m as mad as hell.. and I’m not going to take this anymore!”  

Digital Fingerprinting Poses ‘Real Danger’ To Internet, Watchdog Tells FTC (Media Post) 

The FTC should scrutinize companies that engage in digital “fingerprinting” — which involves tracking users based on the characteristics of their devices — the advocacy group Center for Democracy & Technology says. “There are not currently any privacy enhancing technologies that fully mitigate fingerprinting,” the rights group says.