Digital Daily Dozen 9/26/2013

Study: Vast Majority of Cable Customers Want a la Carte 

Cable customers aren’t satisfied with their current options and are eager for a la carte programming, but don’t really want to pay much for it, according to a new study released by PricewaterhouseCoopers. A whopping 73 percent of cable customers want to be able to customize their programming packages.  
Bewkes: HBO Open To Broadband-Only Play 
Time Warner Inc., chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes said his Home Box Office would consider a broadband-only service, but would be reluctant to offer the premium channel to customers without an existing pay TV connection.   
EAGLE-Net Defends Its Broadband Life   
In a two-hour plus presentation to the Colorado General Assembly’s Legislative Audit Committee Sept. 25, intergovernmental agency EAGLE-Net alliance defended its build-out of a broadband network to schools, libraries and other anchor institutions.  
Survey: Younger Groups Still Heavy Pay TV Consumers 
In a wide-ranging study of video consumption, PwC has found that widely reported cord-cutting among younger people has been significantly overstated but that many consumers are avid users of over-the-top content and that second screen behavior has become widespread.   
Fund to Let Investors Bet on Price of Bitcoins   
SecondMarket is expected to begin raising money for an investment fund that will hold only bitcoins, giving wealthy investors exposure to the virtual currency.   
Can HbbTV Save Over-The-Air Television?   
According to a Financial Review report, Freeview Australia – the body representing free-to-air television broadcasters – is working with its members and TV manufacturers on a co-ordinated launch of HbbTV next year. “The Freeview board is currently finalizing an industry-wide strategy to roll out the new technology.”   
TV Viewers Explore Various Options To Find Shows 
One ongoing question for forward-looking TV marketers in a digital and DVR world is: How will viewers find TV programs to watch? Somewhat old-school methods are still in force when it comes to TV shows: Almost 90% say the deciding factor is “a show that I have watched in the past.”  
A bipartisan group of four U.S. lawmakers has introduced legislation that will prohibit bulk collection of phone records of Americans.   
Software to help small businesses comply with an U.S. Internet sales tax would cost many businesses tens of thousands of dollars to roll out and nearly as much to maintain each year, according to a study released by opponents of the proposed tax. 
Study: Majority of big companies acknowledge mobile’s importance   
Seventy-two percent of large companies are marketing via mobile and a further 16% intend to do so, according to a Syniverse study that also found more than 9 in 10 companies surveyed acknowledging the importance of mobile for their business.   
Gen. Keith Alexander, the director of the NSA, called on the public to help defend his agency’s powers as Congress mulls restrictions aimed at protecting privacy. “We need your help. We need to get these facts out,” Alexander said during a cybersecurity summit. “We need our nation to understand why we need these tools.”  
Regional mobile operator C Spire has announced a Google-like plan to deliver fiber-to-the-home to a community in its Mississippi service area. The company, which serves predominantly rural customers in the Southeast, will branch into the wireline business with its gigabit network plans.  
Sifting through the rhetoric on both sides of the retransmission consent issue isn’t an easy task, but recently, it has seemed as if the tide and the tone are beginning to shift. Retransmission negotiations are rarely cordial, but in the past there seemed to be a few lines that both sides informally agreed not to cross.    
 The Digital Daily Dozen is distributed weekdays (usually) by Dom Caristi as a service of the BSU Digital Policy Institute. The articles are culled from various e-newsletters. The content is not original – only their compilation in this mailing is.