Digital Daily Dozen: 4/16/15

The Digital Daily Dozen for April 16, 2015.

Here’s Big Cable’s plan to stop the FCC’s net neutrality rules (Vox) The groups won’t be required to spell out their legal arguments until later in the legal process. But this week I talked to two industry insiders — including Michael Powell, who represents the cable industry as the head of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association — to get a preview of the industry’s arguments.

Strong net neutrality is good for traditional TV, the FCC argues (Washington Post) Over-the-air TV may not sound like it has anything to do with the Web. But as more TV programmers move their content online, using streaming video apps such as CBS All Access, the Internet will become a growing medium for broadcasters, said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler at an industry conference in Las Vegas Wednesday.

Spotify turns up volume in D.C. (Politico) Spotify is beefing up its Washington presence as it readies for a fight with Apple and others over online music streaming. Four lobbying firms registered Tuesday to lobby on behalf of Spotify on several issues, including competition, licensing and “platform neutrality,” according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.

2025 tech predictions both thrilling and scary (USA Today) What does 2025 look like from a tech point of view? We humans will be walking, running, sleeping data streams pumping out constantly updated metrics that will be both safeguarded and valuable. We’ll do our jobs with the assistance of artificial intelligence to achieve better results faster.

EU accuses Google of abusing Internet search dominance (USA Today) The EU’s competition regulator accused Google of illegally abusing its dominance of the Internet search market in Europe by favoring its own comparison-shopping product when consumers shop online. The case could cost the tech firm billions in fines or even force Google to make significant changes to its business in Europe.

TV Cord-Cutting Gathers Pace in Canada (Hollywood Reporter) The pace of Canadian cord-cutting continues to quicken. A report from Convergence Consulting Group points to 95,000 Canadians scrapping their cable TV packages in 2014, up sharply from 13,000 subscribers that did the same in 2013. The report on Canadian TV viewing habits predicts TV subscriber losses will only grow.    

Under Half Of Video Ads In 2014 Were Viewable (Mediapost) Vindico, a Viant company and digital video ad platform, recently released its 2014 Annual Report, zeroing in on the topic of viewability. Vindico notes that the overall viewability rate of digital video ads was 45% last year, representing only a slight improvement over the 43% rate from 2013.

Social Media Augments Live TV Viewing (Mediapost) Nielsen says nearly half of its global respondents, 49%, say they watch live video programming more if it has a social-media tie in. And 47% say they engage with social media while watching any video programming.

Relocation Fund Likely to Fall Far Short TV – The $1.75 billion set aside by the government to pay the expenses of TV broadcasters forced to change channels because of the FCC’s upcoming spectrum repack will fall short by as much as $1.25 billion, according to an estimate given during a spectrum auction and repack presentation at the NAB Show.

Towards a Social Compact for Digital Privacy and Security – The Global Commission on Internet Governance was established in 2014 to articulate and advance a strategic vision for the future of Internet governance. In recent deliberations, the Commission discussed the potential for a damaging erosion of trust in the absence of a broad social agreement on norms for digital privacy and security. 

The Future of Online Piracy is Easy, Free and Already in Your Pocket (The Washington Post) Forget Pirate Bay or Popcorn Time or Sidereel. The future of piracy is live-streaming, and it’s already here. On April 12, 8 million people watched the fifth season premiere of “Game of Thrones” on their TVs. But on Periscope, the buzzy new Twitter-owned live-streaming app, hundreds of users also watched the show through their phones.   

Study: Millennials prefer brands interact via e-mail ( Millennials like to engage with brands on social media, but a Principal Financial Group study found that they would rather have one-on-one conversations through e-mail channels. E-mail also ranked high as a channel for product research in this age set, coming behind search.

Appeals Court Agrees to Review Sirius XM’s Challenge Over Pre-1972 Music (Hollywood Reporter) SiriusXM’s warning to a federal appeals court that broadcasters might pull all pre-1972 sound recordings from the airwaves has paid off. On Wednesday, the satellite radio giant got the 2nd Circuit to grant its petition for a review just as lawmakers get set to take up the issue as well.