Digital Daily Dozen: 11/4/15

 CBS Weighs a Bigger Streaming Push (NY Times)

The company is considering increasing original programming on its streaming service, introducing an option without advertising.   

New ‘Star Trek’ episodes push us closer to streaming service overload  (Chicago Tribune- Commentary)  

Fatigue was the first reaction I had when CBS announced earlier this week that it plans to launch a “Star Trek” reboot that will only be available through the network’s All Access subscription streaming service. “Really?” I thought. “Yet another service to which I’ll have to fork over some dough?”  

You Can Watch Jon Stewart’s HBO Stuff on Your TV. But HBO Hopes You Watch It on the Internet. (Recode) 

HBO says that next year you’ll be able to watch Jon Stewart, their newest star signing, on HBO Go and HBO Now, its digital TV services. But if you insist, you won’t have to watch Stewart over the Internet. The company says — if you ask them — that Stewart’s stuff will be available, in one form or another, on good old-fashioned HBO. 

Has FCC “gone off the rails” with latest Wi-Fi blocking fines? (Network World- Commentary)  

It turns out that critics of the FCC’s crackdown over the past year on organizations purposefully blocking consumers’ Wi-Fi hotspots might actually have a couple of kindred spirits on the Commission itself. In the FCC’s announcement that it plans to fine M.C. Dean $718,000 Commissioners Ajit Pai and Michael O’Rielly dissented.   

Moonves: CBS Retrans Rev To Pass $1B In ’16  (TV News Check)  

Les Moonves says retrans/reverse comp will exceed $1 billion next year, ahead of schedule. And while declining to make projections on much else, he said CBS is on target to exceed the $2 billion in retrans/reverse comp originally forecast for 2020.  

Netflix Boss Blasts The Evening News (NY Post) 

Netflix chief Reed Hastings thinks TV news — specifically national evening news — is dying. When asked about creating a live evening newscast — as rival HBO is doing with its partnership with Vice — Hastings responded: “You don’t want to invest in things that are dying.” 


The world’s top tech companies are failing when it comes to privacy and freedom of expression, according to the most comprehensive assessment to date of their user agreement policies. Tech firms including US giants Facebook, Google and Microsoft,) were among the public companies surveyed in an ongoing project.    


“If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.” That catchphrase came to mind recently when the United Nations announced that world leaders have committed to 17 global goals to achieve three important objectives: ending extreme poverty, fighting inequality and injustice and fixing climate change.   


There’s a story going around today that the Web is too slow, especially over mobile networks. It’s a pretty good story — and it’s a perpetual story. The Web, while certainly improved from the days of 14.4k modems, has never been as fast as we want it to be, which is to say that the Web has never been instantaneous.      

Ex-NSA Head: Chinese Hacking is ‘The Greatest Transfer of Wealth in History’ (Inside Sources) 

Former National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command head Gen. Keith Alexander told Congress Tuesday it’s possible to stop China’s endless campaign of economic espionage and hacking with help from the private sector.

“All they’re doing is stealing everything they can to grow their economy.”   

FTC Delays Decision on Proposal Under COPPA Rule (Privacy & Security Law Blog) 

Parents and companies will have to wait a few more weeks before learning whether facial recognition technology can be used to verify parental consent under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. The FTC announced that it will delay until November 18 its decision on whether to approve a new verifiable parental consent method.   

YouTube channel Copa90 is planning to take on ESPN to become ‘the next global football network’ (Business Insider)

It doesn’t have a huge package of broadcasting rights, nor does it exist on TV, yet youth-focused YouTube soccer channel Copa90 has huge ambitions to take on ESPN to become “undeniable as the global youth football platform.” Launched in 2012, Copa90 is owned and operated by UK-based production company Bigballs Media. 

MPAA Touts Big Legal Success Against Popcorn Time  (Hollywood Reporter) 

The Motion Picture Association of America is hailing a success in the ongoing fight against piracy with word that the trade association has won the shutdown of the “official” Popcorn Time fork as well as torrent outfit YTS. In an announcement on Tuesday, the MPAA says that closed after a court order in Canada.