Digital Daily Dozen 11/10/15

AT&T Tests Cross-Screen Addressable Ads (Ad Age) 

AT&T is testing cross-screen addressable advertising that will allow marketers to reach the same consumers on both TV and on mobile devices. AT&T’s system lets marketers run an ad on TV that targets a household matching a certain set of criteria, and then serve up a mobile ad and other relevant and interactive content.   

Telletopia Takes on OTT Broadcast Challenge (Broadcasting & Cable)

Telletopia Foundation, a San Diego-based nonprofit, said it can deliver an online TV station streaming service that is legal and “elegant” and has a potential over-the-top offer broadcasters aren’t going to want to refuse — retrans payments. The service hinges on an exemption from the compulsory license for nonprofits.   

Bernie Sanders Slams Set-Top Box Market (Broadcasting & Cable) 

Pay-TV set-top market critics Sens. Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal have brought in the reinforcements, including presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Markey and Blumenthal asked for, set-top box info, then said the results showed that there continued to be a lack of competition in the set-top market.   

NAB Asks FCC to Change Auction Move Deadline (Broadcasting & Cable) 

NAB asked the FCC to reconsider the hard deadline for the station repack following the auction, saying “the Commission’s one-size-fits-all deadline is manifestly unreasonable.” NAB also says it has shared its concerns about the timeline with the wireless carriers who will be moving on to that vacated spectrum after the auction.   

Facebook Folds Facial Recognition Technology Into Messenger (Recode)  

Facebook is folding its facial recognition technology into its messaging app, Messenger. It’s the same tech used within Facebook to encourage users to tag their friends in photos. In Messenger’s case, the app will now look at your photos, identify who is in them, and encourage you to share those photos with those friends.   

Schools Can’t Stop Kids From Sexting. More Technology Can.  (NY Times- Commentary)  

There are serious risks associated with teenagers exchanging nude photos but it isn’t the dangerous scourge that most adults imagine.    

3.0 Could Let Broadcasters Into Wireless (Fierce Wireless) 

What are the nation’s TV broadcasters going to do after they give up some of their spectrum to wireless carriers in the FCC’s upcoming incentive auction? Why, they might compete directly with those very same carriers, of course. At least, that’s how the market may shake out if the nation’s TV broadcasters adopt the new ATSC 3.0.   

TVEyes Must Block Fox News Downloads (Media Post)

News monitoring service TVEyes can continue to stream Fox News clips to its subscribers, but may no longer allow people to download those clips to their own computers in order to watch them offline, a federal judge has ruled.   

The Cord-Cutting Verdict for Pay TV (Wall Street Journal- Money Beat Blog) 

The march of the cord-cutters continues: 357,000 net U.S. pay TV subscribers were lost in the third quarter, and Dish TV alone lost 178,000 subs. Some small good news for pay TV: the number of lost subs abated somewhat from second quarter. 


US District Court for District of Columbia Judge Richard Leon called for the Obama Administration to immediately halt its controversial collection of Americans’ phone records, mere days before the contested program is set to end. Judge Leon doubled down on his assertion that the NSA program likely violates the Constitution.    


TV makers are constantly crowing about the tricks their smart TVs can do. But one of the most popular brands has a feature that it’s not advertising: Vizio’s Smart TVs track your viewing habits and share it with advertisers, who can then find you on your phone and other devices.   


At a time when consumers stream more video and more movies than ever before, Comcast wants to limit the amount of data its broadband customers can use. Customers in some states, mostly in the Southeast, will soon have data caps of 300GB a month, and the new pricing model may go national before too long.   

Economists say Encryption ‘Significantly’ Boosts Economy (Inside Sources) 

As more commerce moves online, encryption technology is not only securing the digital economy, it’s helping to grow it, according to economists. Though difficult to quantify, there’s no doubt encryption has been a significant boon to the online economy, according to a Monday report from libertarian think tank the Niskanen Center.