Digital Daily Dozen 9/21/2016

Study: Over-The-Top Adding $25B to Video Biz

The emergence of the global internet video and over-the-top market has added $25 billion in global revenue to the video industry. Boston Consulting Group calculates that by providing more choice for consumers and more opportunity for content producers, OTT accounts for about 5% of the $500 billion video business worldwide.



DOT Outlines Connected Car Privacy Parameters

Automobile safety is not just about crash safety anymore, unless that includes computer crashes. The Department of Transportation has released guidelines for broadband-connected cars (highly automated vehicles, or HAVs) and the first sub-topics under “Safety Assessment” are “data recording and sharing” and related “privacy.”



TDG: Satisfaction With SVOD Driving Millennials Away From Pay TV

Approximately 75% of adults between the ages of 20 and 35 who’ve never subscribed to pay-TV services say they consider subscription services like Netflix and Hulu perfectly suited to their content needs, according to a new report.



AT&T Labs’ Project AirGig Nears First Field Trials for Ultra-Fast Wireless Broadband Over Power Lines 

AT&T will begin testing a new broadband technology next year called AirGig that it says can deliver multi-gigabit wireless broadband using existing power lines — not by running through the lines, but by transmitting data via the radio waves that propagate along the lines. Commercial development is still several years away.



Comcast to Launch Wireless Service by Mid-2017 

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts confirmed that the company will launch its own cell service in mid-2017, using airwaves leased from Verizon and taking advantage of its 15 million Wi-Fi hotspots to carry much of the traffic.




For many years concerns about “digital divides” centered primarily on whether people had access to digital technologies. Now, those worried about these issues also focus on the degree to which people succeed or struggle when they use technology to try to navigate their environments, solve problems, and make decisions.



Streaming helps push music revenue up 8% in the first half of 2016, trade group reports   

Continuing growth of music streaming led an overall revenue increase of  8.1% for the music business during the first half of 2016, with subscriptions for those streaming services topping $1 billion for the first time during the first six months of the year. That’s the big news out of midyear revenue figures reported by the RIAA.



Why Our Brains Are Blocking Ads  (Commentary)

New technologies don’t cause us to change our behaviors. Instead, they enable behaviors that weren’t an option before. To get to the bottom of the growth of ad blocking, we have to go to the common denominator: the people those ads are aimed at. More specifically, we have to look at what’s happening in the brains of those people.



Vizio Urges Judge To Throw Out Video Privacy Case 

Smart TV manufacturer Vizio is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that the company violated a federal video privacy law by sharing information about consumers with ad tech companies and data brokers. Vizio argues in new court papers that the federal video privacy law only applies to providers of video services.



Millennials Experience High Levels Of Ad Blocking, Piracy 

When it comes to digital video, Millennials are high users of ad-blocking software, some “piracy” streaming and shared logins. Two out of three Millennials use an ad blocker on a desktop or mobile device, according to study from Anatomy Media, an advertising agency specializing in entertainment marketing and promotion.



CBS CEO Leslie Moonves on Netflix: “We Don’t Think They’re Eating the World” 

While some industry insiders worry of Netflix becoming a monopoly, CBS chief executive Leslie Moonves said he’s thrilled with the success of the leader in streaming media. “We’re a big fan of Netflix,” the exec said. Moonves said Netflix’s appetite for content has driven the price of the shows CBS is selling much higher.



Stanford researchers invent tech workaround to net neutrality fights 

Engineers at Stanford University have invented a new technology that would give broadband customers more control over their pipes and, they say, possibly put an end to a stale net neutrality debate in the U.S. The new technology, would allow broadband customers to decide which parts of their network traffic get priority delivery.



Internet ‘Handover’ Could Stall Spending Bill to Avert Government Shutdown

Senator Ted Cruz’s crusade to stop the Obama administration from transferring oversight of the internet’s back-end functions to the international community could put the brakes on a spending bill necessary to continue funding the government after September.





The Digital Daily Dozen is distributed weekdays (usually) by Dom Caristi as a service of the BSUDigital Policy Institute. The articles are culled from various e-newsletters. The content is not original – only their compilation in this mailing is.