Digital Daily Dozen: 11/20/15

Could Ad Blocking Really Dampen Democracy?  (Adage- Commentary) 

To be sure, ad blocking affects political campaigns and advocacy groups as much as any other advertiser. But let’s remember a few things before we start mimicking Chicken Little on the stump. Voters do not rely solely on advertising to gain awareness of candidates or inform their choices.  

What’s hot in OTT: Sports networks (Media Life)

When you think of over-the-top, or OTT, services, you probably think of Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. Those sites do have the largest subscriber base, thanks to big-buzz hits such as “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black.” But if you’re looking for the next big thing in OTT, think balls and bats, rather than presidents and prisoners.   

Wheeler: Binge On Is Pro-Competitive, Pro-Innovation (Broadcasting & Cable)

FCC chair Tom Wheeler said he thought T-Mobile’s Binge On zero rating plan was the sort of highly innovative approach the FCC’s new net neutrality rules were predicted to thwart, but clearly didn’t. Wheeler appeared to endorse the Binge On offering, calling it pro-competitive and innovative.   


Hours after the attacks in Paris, Forbes quickly pointed to remarks by a Belgian official who said that Islamic State militants use the PlayStation 4’s chat functions as a way to communicate securely. The article also mentioned that a Sony PlayStation 4 was recovered in a police raid connected to the Paris investigation.    


The TV is on in the background, and you’re replying to a quick e-mail on your phone nearby. You don’t know it, but the devices are communicating. During a commercial, the TV emits an inaudible tone and your phone, which was listening for it, picks it up. Somewhere far away, a server makes a note: Both devices probably belong to you.    


The recent bombings in Paris, and the outpouring of sympathy about those attacks, has sparked an ongoing debate about why there hasn’t been as much attention paid to similar events in places like Beirut. People seem concerned that “the media” hasn’t been doing as much reporting. Is this really true? The answer is: Yes and no.    

Adele’s Streaming Decision: Not Unexpected, Not Easily Copied (Hollywood Reporter) 

Adele’s much-anticipated album 25 will not be available on streaming services on Friday, but it’s not the kind of news that would shock Vegas oddsmakers. “I don’t think it’s a surprise. She didn’t do it with 21,” says Tyler Goldman, CEO of North America at Deezer, one of the streaming services that won’t have 25 on Friday.   

Facebook Now Makes It Easier to Break Up Online (Hollywood Reporter) 

Breaking up is hard, but Facebook wants to make it a little easier. The social networking giant announced that it is testing new tools designed for people who have recently ended a relationship. Now, when Facebook users indicate that they are no longer in a relationship, they will be asked if they want to see less of their former partner.   

Paris Attacks Fan Encryption Debate (Wall Street Journal)   

White House and congressional staffers have asked Silicon Valley execs for new talks in Washington, to resolve a standoff over encrypted communication tools in the wake of the Paris terror attacks. The approaches are among the most concrete signs of how last week’s bombings and shootings have put a new spotlight on the debate.   

Nielsen: TV Bringing People Together (Nielsen) 

The popular industry narrative of fragmented video viewing often features visions of viewers migrating away from the television and connecting with content alone in their bedrooms, basements and man caves. However, TV remains a mainstay as the primary screen for viewing long-form video content.    

Google Streams Apps Without Downloading, Serves Content In Search Results (Media Post) 

As part of the initiative Google calls “app-first content,” search query results will now return some details from within apps served on If someone searches for a hotel room in Los Angeles, for example, they will see details of hotel and room availability without having to go into the mobile application.   

Young ‘digital natives’ naive about internet advertising (FT)   

Forget their ageist sneering — children may know less about the internet than many people think. Research in the UK has found that a large proportion of children lack a basic understanding of how the online world works. Only one-third of those aged 12 to 15 could identify which Google search results were adverts.   

Content Creators Rush to Catch up with VR Headsets (Pro Max BDA) 

Virtual reality possibilities in entertainment are beginning to take hold, with TV and film continuing to use the medium in experiential and marketing ventures. But the field is about to speed up considerably, as affordable VR headsets make their way onto shelves over the next few months.