Digital Daily Dozen: 10/9/15

Half of Viewers Under 32 Won’t Pay for TV by 2025 (Multichannel) 

in a forecast that should send a few more shivers down the spine of the pay-TV industry, Forrester Research is predicting that 50% of all TV viewers under the age of 32 will not subscribe to a traditional pay-TV service by 2025. Forrester analyst James McQuivey suggests that providers must try new ways to connect with cord-cutters. 

‘NYT’ Doubles Down On Digital (Media Post) 

As it looks to the future, The New York Times is focused firmly on mobile devices and social media, according to NYTCO CEO Mark Thompson and NYT executive editor Dean Baquet, who laid out their vision for the rest of the decade in a sweeping strategy memo to staff circulated on Wednesday. 

Franken Wants Highest Scrutiny for Charter-TWC Deal (Broadcasting & Cable) 

Veteran consolidation critic Sen. Al Franken has written the heads of the agencies vetting the proposed Charter-Time Warner Cable merger, asking them to inspect the deal with a high level of scrutiny. Franken said he is still concerned about the impact of “further consolidation” in what he called an already highly concentrated industry. 

Pew: Almost Two-Thirds of Americans Use Social Networks (Broadcasting & Cable) 

A solid majority of U.S. adults now use social networking sites, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of over two dozen of its own studies over the past decade. According to Pew, 65% now use sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn. That is compared to 50% in 2011.   

 Verizon Revises Behavioral Targeting Program, But Privacy Concerns Persist (Media Post) 

Verizon Wireless has narrowed a controversial ad-targeting program that relies on “supercookies.” But advocates say the company needs to make the program opt-in only.   

US will not seek legislation against encryption (CIO) 

The U.S. administration will not seek legislation at this point to counter the encryption of communications by many technology services and product vendors, but will work on a compromise with industry, a senior U.S. official said.

“The administration is not seeking legislation at this time,” FBI Director James Comey said in a statement.    

Apple removes apps from store that could spy on your data traffic (Network World) 

Apple removed several apps from its store that it said could pose a security risk by exposing a person’s Web traffic to untrusted sources. The company recommended deleting the apps but did not name them, which may make it hard for people to know which apps put their data at risk. 

Amazon Fire TV Off To A Rough Start (NY Post) 

So much for Amazon’s early jump on the Apple TV. The Seattle Web giant’s site said Thursday that the new version of its Fire TV won’t be in stock again until Oct. 30 — just three days after its initial launch. Amazon officials didn’t comment on why the Fire TV was no longer available.   

More Preroll Ads Are Coming to Twitter Feeds With Expanded Video Program (Ad Week) 

Twitter is preparing to open up Twitter Amplify to any publisher who wants to make money on the videos it posts to the microblogging site. More than 200 publishers, sports leagues and TV networks in 20 countries have joined Twitter Amplify to monetize their video content since the service launched two years ago.   


Rep John Shimkus, the lawmaker behind a bill giving Congress oversight of the transition shifting control of the Internet domain name system away from the US, said he disagrees with critics who question whether the transition is entirely legal. Shimkus pushed back against four Republican lawmakers. 


Free speech matters to the hundreds of millions of Internet users who exercise this right every time they connect with others online. But if you ask some of the lawyers working for the companies that sell you Internet access, they’ll insist that it’s more important to protect the free speech rights of phone and cable giants.   


Chiefs of some of the nation’s biggest police departments say officers in American cities have pulled back and have stopped policing as aggressively as they used to, fearing that they could be the next person in a uniform featured on a career-ending viral video. That was the unifying — and controversial — theory reached.   

Netizen Report: Is Egypt Blocking Voice Calls on WhatsApp and Skype? (Media Shift)  

In Egypt, many users reported this week that they could not use voice calling features on Skype, WhatsApp or Viber. Technology consultant and digital activist Amr Gharbeia has been tracking these developments and interviewing users across the country to ascertain what exactly is happening.