Digital Daily Dozen: 5/19/15

The Digital Daily Dozen for May 19, 2015.

YouTube Kids app doesn’t filter raunchy videos, complaint says (USA Today)    Inappropriate videos found on a Google’s YouTube Kids app aimed at preschoolers have caused a coalition of consumer and child advocacy groups to expand a complaint they sent to the Federal Trade Commission last month.

Twitter harassment is about more than celebs [Commentary] (USA Today) Sexist harassment on Twitter has flitted in and out of the news recently. There’s Gamergate, of course, a troll campaign that viciously targets women in the video-game world. Ashley Judd received threats after tweeting about March Madness.

YouTube didn’t have to yank anti-Muslim film, court says (USA Today) An appeals court has overturned a controversial ruling that required YouTube to take down a video that disparaged Muslims. One of the actresses in the film sued to take it down and won, but an appeals court ruled Monday she didn’t have the right to control the film’s distribution.

Broadcast, Cable Nets Unite Vs. Online Content (Broadcasting & Cable) With digital video gobbling up ad dollars that used to be earmarked for television, broadcasters and cable programmers are teaming up to form a new trade association aimed at highlighting the power of advertising on the kind of premium, professionally produced video content traditionally originating on TV.

Nielsen Links Audience Size to Twitter Activity (Broadcasting & Cable) As researchers continue to work to refine the relationship between social media activity and TV, Nielsen has released a blog report that summaries some of the results of a new study analyzing 457 English- and Spanish-language primetime series.

FCC May Add Video Streaming to Broadband Speed Tests (Broadcasting & Cable) The FCC has told the Government Accountability Office that it is testing an expansion of its annual Measuring Broadband America report to provide more and better information for consumers, including measuring broadband performance when a consumer is using streaming video services.

AT&T Chief Says DirecTV Deal Will Turn Telco Into A Streaming TV Power (Deadline) AT&T announced its $48.5 billion DirecTV acquisition plan a year ago. And as they head toward an expected approval by the Justice Department and FCC, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson told investors that the combo will transform his company into a juggernaut in the fast-growing streaming video market.

1,000 people a day are opting out of paying for TV license (The Drum) Around 1,000 UK households a day are claiming they no longer have a television, which could exempt them from paying the BBC TV license fee if they do not watch live broadcasts from their mobile devices. The most recent figures reveal that in the 15 months up to the end of 2014, an additional 500,000 said they did not have a TV.

North Caroline Sues FCC for Right to Block Municipal Broadband (Arstechnica) North Carolina has sued the FCC so it can continue enforcing a state law that prevents municipal broadband networks from expanding. Three months ago, the FCC preempted such laws in both North Carolina and Tennessee. Tennessee filed a lawsuit to save its municipal broadband restrictions, and North Carolina has now done the same.

Shine and Network Neutrality [Commentary] (Los Angeles Times) Having trouble seeing the link between the Verizon-AOL deal and the need for net neutrality regulations? The Financial Times’ Robert Cookson revealed that at least one major European mobile network is planning to use technology from Shine, an Israeli startup, to block ads from showing up on mobile-phone browsers.

Snapchat is Going to be Huge in 2016 – and Regulators have No Idea How to Handle it (Fusion) As he gears up for a Presidential run, former Gov Martin O’Malley held a conference call with donors and supporters, informing them that he would make some kind of announcement on May 30. He also had a message — and an exclusive photo — for his followers on Snapchat. “Stay tuned for May 30th…” he said.

FCC Pressed to Deny $3.3 Billion in Small Business Tax Credits for DISH Network  (Inside Sources) The FCC is coming under mounting pressure to deny satellite provider DISH Network $3.3 billion in tax discounts meant to help small businesses purchase airwaves during a recent FCC auction. As a result of Americans’ growing need for wireless spectrum, the FCC has begun reallocating airwaves from federal government entities.

TiVo’s Rogers: Personalization Media’s Future (Huffington Post) Ask TiVo CEO Tom Rogers to see the future of media and he’ll tell you clearly — personalization, something that will forever break the editorial control of Big Media and the tyranny of choice. In truth, however, personalization, even in digital media, has not come very far, with most consumers still reading or watching packages of channels.