Digital Daily Dozen 12/13/2013

Aereo to Broadcasters: ‘Bring it On’

Aereo will not oppose broadcasters’ petition for cert before the Supreme Court, filed more than two months ago. Broadcasters — including CBS, Disney, Fox, NBCUniversal, WNET and Univision — filed the petition after the Second Circuit found in favor of Aereo and denied broadcasters’ demands to shut the service off.

The Darknet: A Short History

Beyond the prying eyes of Google and Bing exists a vast cyberfrontier — by some estimates hundreds of times larger than the World Wide Web. This so-called "deepweb" is often more humdrum than sinister, littered with banal data and derelict URLs, but it is also home to an anything-goes commercial underworld.

Anna-Maria Kovacs’ recent white paper, prepared on behalf of the Internet Innovation Alliance, argues that incumbent local exchange carriers are not investing in broadband because of alleged regulatory obligations that require wasteful investment in “duplicate” copper-based circuit-switched networks.

Under pressure from the FCC, major cellphone carriers agreed to a new policy to allow customers to "unlock" their phones and switch providers. The companies agreed to the voluntary policy after FCC Chair Tom Wheeler warned them they could face mandatory regulations if they failed to act.

The Supreme Court ruled for a Sprint Nextel subsidiary locked in a dispute with the utilities regulator in Iowa. The High Court said in a unanimous ruling that a federal district court can consider a lawsuit filed by subsidiary Sprint Communications challenging an Iowa Utilities Board decision.

Two New Bills Wage War Against Retrans

The Next Generation TV Marketplace Act would repeal compulsory copyright licenses, various mandates on private sector companies and consumers, and FCC broadcast and media ownership rules. The Video CHOICE Act would give the FCC authority to grant interim carriage of a TV station during retrans negotiation.

CNN’s Estenson Not A Fan Of The 2nd Screen General Manager Kenneth "KC" Estenson is bullish about the future, but he has a big problem with one part of the media options today: the "second screen," in which a device like a phone or tablet augments people’s TV-watching activity on the big screen. "In general, I think the second-screen experiences suck."

DirecTV Credits Addressable Ads With Future Ad Growth

DirecTV is expecting its advertising sales to grow quickly over the next three to four years — specifically due to rapidly expanding addressable advertising efforts. Its CRO estimates business will grow 30% to 40% in the next few years.

Cablevision Blasts Broadcasters For Tying RS-DVR To Aereo Litigation

Cablevision Systems issued a whitepaper asserting its belief that Aereo’s broadband TV service violates copyright laws, but likewise argued that a broadcaster-led attack against Aereo is also “overreaching and damaging” because they also take aim at the legal underpinnings of Cablevision’s remote-storage DVR.

FCC Outlines IP Trial Item

The FCC Thursday outlined its plan for an IP transition item, to be voted in January, that would launch a wide-ranging effort to test the transition to Internet Protocol delivery through trials that keep consumer welfare and enduring network values, like access, top of mind.

Wheeler to Congress: News Info Study Not An Attempt To Influence Media

Wheeler said that in order to determine whether there are barriers to entry, it must get data, and that to collect data it needs to do studies. He said flatly that the study in question was not an effort to influence the media.

Netflix: Users Watch Entire Season in One Week
Netflix is releasing data showing that half the users it studied watch an entire season — up to 22 episodes — in one week. "Our data shows that the majority of streamers would actually prefer to have a whole season of a show available to watch at their own pace."

Obama Panel Said to Urge N.S.A. Curbs

A presidential advisory committee’s recommendation of broad new restraints intended to increase privacy protections is a first sign that spying revelations may lead to changes.

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.