Digital Daily Dozen 11/20/2013

More Fans Turning to YouTube for Sports Content

Sports on YouTube, be it fan-created highlight clips or full games, continues to be an astronomical growth segment. Between 2010 and today, sports viewing on the site has increased by 500%, according to Frank Golding, Google’s director/head of sport for North America.

Kurth: Future is Bright for Cable

The cable industry is not a “dying business” but has a promising future, despite the rise of OTT services such as Netflix, according to Cable Europe executive chairman Matthias Kurth.

Pay TV Companies Trim Losses, Telcos Gain

Traditional pay TV distributors industry-wide were able to trim their collective losses in the third quarter thanks to continued large gains from telephone company TV/video businesses. The 13 major TV distributors — representing about 94% of the U.S. market — lost 25,000 net subscribers in the third quarter of 2013.

The limitations of how we try to understand online activity
A new report from two fellows at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society is out. “Measuring Internet Activity: A (Selective) Review of Methods and Metrics” breaks down attempts at measuring the impact of the Internet into three categories — infrastructure and access, control, and online content and communities.

DirecTV to Stream 30-Plus Channels Out-of-Home
DirecTV said it will offer authenticated streaming access to more than 30 channels out-of-the-home, including HBO, Starz, Showtime and channels from the Scripps Networks stable, and about 100 networks in the home on personal computers and other mobile devices.

Apple TV Signs Up Yahoo, PBS as Video Providers
Apple has signed on more video providers for its Apple TV box: Yahoo is now offering its Yahoo Screen service on the web video gadget, and PBS has created an app that lets users watch some, but not all, of its shows. Apple has been slowing rolling out more programming deals.

IAC Execs Shine Spotlight on YouTube Rival Vimeo
IAC execs have put a spotlight on Vimeo, breaking out the number of users and revenue for the first time. IAC revealed that Vimeo has an audience of more than 100 million unique users, 400,000 paying subscribers and about $40 million in revenue over the past 12 months.

Our communications networks are changing – and fast. What some call the “IP transition” is really a series of transitions; a multi-faceted revolution that advances as the packets of IP-based communication replace the digital stream of bits and analog frequency waves. The impacts on networks have already begun.


Five years ago I laid out AT&T’s arguments in favor of killing its obligations to the copper phone network, an argument that grows stronger with time. Verizon’s efforts to replace the damaged copper network from Hurricane Sandy with wireless are another example of a carrier trying to move from the copper age.

On the heels of a new report, retailers are reiterating the importance of Congress passing legislation to even out tax policy between brick-and-mortar and online merchants. The Small Business Administration released a new analysis showing that online retailers have routinely benefited at the expense of Main Street vendors.

Verizon rolls out certificate services for ‘Internet of things’

Verizon today said it is rolling out digital certificate services aimed at the “Internet of things” in order to provide security and authentication for machine-to-machine systems.

House Judiciary Ponders Digital Distribution Future

The House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet discussed online piracy prevention at a Hill hearing Tuesday, and there was nary a peep about SOPA or PIPA, the anti-piracy legislation backed by studios that went nuclear and flamed out thanks to Silicon Valley pushback.

Google, Facebook Join International White Spaces Alliance

Google and Facebook have joined an alliance to promote worldwide spectrum policy to free up so-called spectrum “white spaces” for unlicensed devices. The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance announced the additions (which also included Texas Instruments) at its first annual meeting in advance of the opening of the ITU.

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.