Digital Daily Dozen: 6/9/16

Netflix Says Thrillers Draw Binge Watching (Broadcasting & Cable)    

Thrillers like Breaking Bad, Dexter and The Killing are most likely to be quickly consumed by binge watchers, according to an analysis of viewing data by Netflix. Netflix put together what it called The Binge Scale, which reveals which shows get devoured and which get savored.   

Comcast to FCC: Dismiss Estrella TV Complaint (Broadcasting & Cable)  

Comcast has told the FCC that Liberman Broadcasting’s program carriage complaint related to the MVPD’s dropping of three TV stations fails on three grounds. First, As a broadcast network, Liberman is not authorized to bring a carriage complaint, which is confined to cable networks.   

Senators Seek Cost/Benefit Analysis of Set-Top Proposal (Broadcasting & Cable)  

The chair and ranking members of the Senate Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management Subcommittee have asked the FCC to a do a formal cost/benefit analysis on its set-top box proposal before voting on final rules. Chair James Lankford and ranking member Heidi Heitkamp said that supporting competition was important.   

Women Like Brands Online (Media Post)  

According to Influenster, 94% of female social users polled said they interact with brands online, with 31% interacting with brands every day. Mobile dominated social engagement, with 90% of respondents interacting with brands’ social media presence via smartphones, while 53% interact via laptops.    

Gawker’s Hulk Hogan Sex Tape Posting Brings Permanent Injunction (Hollywood Reporter)   

Before Gawker makes an appeal of its $140 million loss against Hulk Hogan, the news site has suffered one more defeat with Florida Circuit Court Judge Pamela Campbell issuing a permanent injunction that prohibits Gawker from posting the former wrestler’s sex tape video. The injunction follows a trial loss in March for Gawker.   

Digital advertising will outgrow TV in 2017 (Ad Week)    

Digital advertising is predicted to outpace television for the first time in 2017, rising from $59.6 billion last year to $93.5 billion by 2020, compared to TV’s estimated increase from $69.9 billion in 2015 to $81.7 billion in 2020, per PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mobile will see the biggest growth, accounting for 49.4% of online ad revenue.   

Senate Delays Email Privacy Bill, Tech Industry Fights Back (Media Post)  

After unanimously passing the House of Representatives, the Email Privacy Act has stalled in the Senate as politicians and digital organizations debate an amendment that would expand law enforcement’s access to email records. The Email Privacy Act aims to close a loophole in the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act.    

FCC Commissioner Questions High Duplicate Enrollment Rate in Lifeline (Inside Sources)  

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai revealed new details about his office’s investigation into possible fraud in the agency’s Lifeline phone subsidy program for low income Americans, which found more than 35 percent of subscribers across the majority of states were enrolled using an unscrupulous override process.    

U.S. Government Gets IoT Advice, Warnings (Computer World)     

When it comes to the Internet of Things, the only agreement in Washington is on its impact: It will be huge — in both good and bad ways. The IoT may become a means to deliver a disabling, global attack. Connected IoT devices have potential to reveal more than a novelist about a person’s behavior and bring privacy invasion to a new level. 

Transfer by US of Internet oversight could face new hurdles (Network World)   

U.S. plans to transfer the oversight of key technical Internet functions to an international multi-stakeholder model have run into hurdles, with two bills introduced on Wednesday that would require the government to first take the approval of Congress for the transition.   

Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership debate needs a digital perspective  (Brookings- Commentary by Stuart Brotman)   

Digital content jobs, unlike manufacturing, are not as likely to be shipped overseas, since our creative culture cannot be replicated in other countries. The U.S. has no domestic content quotas, unlike most of the world (including the European Union). These factors enable our nation to maintain a powerful competitive advantage.   


The technology and political worlds collided in May when some conservatives accused Facebook of suppressing conservative political views. This issue continues to evolve, as the social media platform addressed the concerns with a private roundtable with leading conservative voices and further promises to reform its “Trending Topics.”   

Verizon’s Silliman: Special access regulation should encourage competition for buyers, sellers (Fierce Telecom)    

Verizon took a different path from its ILEC brethren in the special access market segment when it developed a proposal with Incompas have to regulate special access services. Under the plan that was devised, the pair came up with: Tech neutral regulatory framework; Complying with Title II; and Technology-neutral price regulation.