Digital Daily Dozen: 5/16/16

The SnoozeFronts: TV Is Dead!!!   (Ad Age- Commentary)    

Even as the digerati talk about a brave new data-driven world that engages consumers on a one-to-one basis, they’re all turning out more and more product that looks a lot like TV. And it’s not just the business side. Even the content creators themselves seem to want to be in TV.      

China Could Be Virtual Reality’s Dark Horse (Variety)   

Facebook is banned in China, so the company can’t sell the Oculus Rift there. The ban also is blocking Samsung from selling its Gear VR headset. And Google has long been absent in China to avoid the country’s censorship requirements. This has led to a kind of vacuum for VR that local players are more than willing to fill.   

The Facebook papers Part 2: The user experience revolt (Recode)    

Ad-supported media does everything possible to entice an audience to consume content, and then makes money by distracting them from it. Surprisingly, this paradox wins few fans. Fed up with the experience of cluttered, slow-loading pages, almost a quarter of a billion people are turning to ad blockers. And they have good reason.    


In many rural communities in the US, the low population density means that phone and Internet companies simply don’t upgrade their equipment often enough to keep pace with progress. In Navajo, much of the vital infrastructure was never installed to begin with.    


NTIA’s analysis of recent data shows that Americans are increasingly concerned about online security and privacy at a time when data breaches, cybersecurity incidents, and controversies over the privacy of online services have become more prominent. These concerns are prompting some Americans to limit their online activity.     

Here’s a New Model for Independent Media (Huffington Post)     

Imagine a world where publications are controlled not by zillionaires or governments, but by readers, journalists, crowdfunders and other shareholders. A world in which news outlets offer a wide range of consistently reliable, informative news, and where content is not determined by the power of money. Sounds utopian?    

Social Media Finds New Role as News and Entertainment Curator (NY Times)   

As more tech firms employ their own editing staffs, they are being viewed as something less than news organizations, but more than simple reflections of their growing audiences.    

When you buy digital content on Amazon or iTunes, you don’t exactly own it (LA Times)     

Buy an e-book on Amazon or an album on Apple’s iTunes and you own it, right? Maybe not as much as you think. It’s all about what the tech industry calls digital rights management, and the bottom line for consumers is that there are significant differences between owning a tangible product and owning its electronic equivalent.    

Experts Lay Out Six Steps For OTT Success (TV News Check)     

How do you become the next Netflix or Amazon Prime? When thinking OTT, think niche. That was the message from large and small content producers who participated in the 50-plus sessions on OTT business and technology at the Streaming Media East conference in New York last week.     

Why Big Digital Video and TV Networks Are Increasingly Becoming Production Partners (Ad Week)    

Television its dead—long live television. That could become the unofficial motto, or at least the crawl at the bottom of the screen, to explain the recent flurry of hookups between digital players like BuzzFeed, Vice and Mashable with old-guard media companies such as NBCUniversal, Disney and Turner Broadcasting.    

Cable Lobby Asks FCC for More Time to Argue Business Broadband Rules (Inside Sources)  

The cable industry — the latest entrant in the Internet provider market for businesses — is arguing for more time to comment on the FCC’s newly proposed rules for business broadband, aimed at boosting competition and bringing cable and telecommunications-based providers under the same regulatory umbrella.    

Capture Of Consumer Data Seen As Challenge In Connected Homes (Tech Target)    

While IoT technologies may be poised to upend how consumers live, even industry leaders are dumfounded by data security and ethics issues that loom large over the Internet of Things. According to prognostications like Gartner’s, the Internet of Things (IoT) market is due to reach more than 26 billion connected devices by 2020.   

Why virtual reality won’t transform sports viewing  (Washington Post- Commentary)  

Virtual reality’s ability to immerse viewers in new worlds has fueled talk of a fundamental change in how consumers experience media. While interest is growing in the emerging technology, and companies are racing to ship, one of the most popular areas of media consumption — sports — is unlikely to see major changes.