Digital Daily Dozen 10/28/2013

DirecTV, TWC Considering Aereo-Type Service

DirecTV, Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications are considering capturing free broadcast signals from TV networks to avoid paying billions of dollars in retransmission fees. “If found to be legal, the Aereo concept is very interesting, especially as it relates to retransmission consent fees,” says a TWC spokesperson.


Broadcasters Want FilmOn X Held In Contempt

TV broadcasters officially asked U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer to hold online video company FilmOn X in contempt for streaming TV programs in Massachusetts earlier this month.


Nexstar Slaps Aereo With Second Utah Suit

As broadcasters and Aereo wait to see if the Supreme Court will agree to hear the case, the Barry Diller-backed streaming service has been sued a second time this week in the state of Utah. And Nexstar Commun. filed a motion for a preliminary injunction to shut Aereo down during the course of the litigation.


Nielsen Adds Mobile Viewing for 2014-15 TV Season

Monetizing TV content continues to be a problem with networks and advertisers alike. Nielsen, as it tries to keep up with rapidly changing technology, will offer one more way to put value on that content with a plan to add mobile viewing into its TV and digital ratings reports.

Nasty Battle for Binge Watchers Brewing Between Netflix and Networks

Cable programming stalwarts FX and Turner have thrown down the first gauntlet in what is shaping up to be heated battle for binge watchers as studios, networks and streaming services struggle to make financial sense out of a rapidly changing television industry.

Google Hides Search Terms From Publishers, Marketers

Google still provides keyword data to search advertisers, but the move changed the game for organic search, leaving some publishers and advertisers in the dark.


Data Industry Must Step Up to Protect Consumer Privacy (Commentary)

New laws would help, but there is more we can do right now to help consumers regain control of their private data, says FTC Commissioner Julie Brill.

Netflix Says Theater Owners ‘Might Kill Movies’
Netflix might begin releasing “big movies ourselves,” said content chief Ted Sarandos, because theater owners are resistant to allow more films to bow day-and-date on the leading streaming service. “Theater owners stifle innovation at every turn. They might kill movies.”

Survey: More Babies Exposed to Mobile Devices
Seven out of 10 children younger than 8 have used a mobile device, a figure that has doubled in two years, according to a report to be released by Common Sense Media. “This shows for the first time the development of a true digerati generation from cradle onward.”


New York Times, USA Today Take to Instagram
Newspapers haven’t flocked to Instagram the way they have to Facebook and Twitter. Still, some papers are on the photo-sharing platform if only to have another venue to showcase their photography – or, at the very least, remind the digital kids that they still exist.


Fueled by recent revelations about US surveillance, Europe is determined to move forward with its privacy-enhancing regulation, EU Parliament President Martin Schulz said. Europe must “press on determinedly” with the update to its data protection legislation after the “wake-up call” about US surveillance.


WE’RE PROMISED ACTION OVER NSA SURVEILLANCE — BUT NOT FOR THE BEST REASONS [Commentary] Germany and Brazil are pushing forward with proposals for a global right to online privacy. It would have been nice if this action had begun in earnest when it was citizens being spied upon, and not only after Germany’s Angela Merkel and Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff were revealed as targets.


Google, Facebook and other US tech giants have won an important victory against European Union efforts to restrict the sharing of customer data after UK Prime Minister David Cameron persuaded the bloc to postpone the introduction of tougher privacy rules by at least a year.


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.