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First Look finds the hard part isn’t the journalism, it’s reinventing how a newsroom works

NewTeeVee - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 13:52

The Intercept -- a magazine that is part of Pierre Omidyar's First Look Media -- has written a piece about the departure of Matt Taibbi, who was supposed to be running…

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Not just HBO: Starz wants to launch a streaming service for cord cutters as well

NewTeeVee - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:24

Next up to jump on the unbundling bandwagon may be Starz: The premium cable channel is planning to launch an online-only subscription service in international markets over the coming months, and…

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Roku is coming to Germany, with some help from Sky

NewTeeVee - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:46

Roku will power Sky's German online video service, which just launched with streams of TV show episodes and Bundesliga matches.

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VideoSchmooze NYC on Dec. 4th - Register Now to Save and to Win a TiVo Roamio Plus With Lifetime Service Analysis - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:51

A reminder that the next VideoSchmooze: Online Video Leadership Forum is on Thursday morning, Dec. 4th at Scholastic Auditorium in NYC. Early bird tickets are $95, with 5-packs for $430 and 10-packs for $760. As an extra incentive, all early bird registrants will be entered to win the awesome TiVo Roamio Plus DVR with Lifetime service - $1,000 value, generously provided by TiVo.

The VideoSchmooze program will cover many of the hottest trends in the industry. Leading off will be a deep-dive interview I'll do with 2 leading industry researchers - Dounia Turrill, SVP, Client Insights at Nielsen and Bruce Leichtman, president and principal analyst at Leichtman Research Group. Dounia and Bruce will provide data and clarify key trends around changing viewer behaviors, cord-cutting, OTT adoption, advertising, mobile plus lots more.

Then Colin Dixon will moderate "Sports' Pivotal Role in Driving TV Everywhere's Adoption" with executives from Comcast, Fox Sports and FreeWheel, which will examine how marquee TVE events like World Cup, Olympics and MMOD are driving the industry forward. Following is a new session, "Personalized Data is the New Big Data" in which Digitalsmiths' Chris Ambrozic will share insights on how stakeholders throughout the ecosystem are using data to deliver standout personalized user experiences and generate new ROIs.

Following the networking break, in "TV, Disrupted: Online Originals Hit Their Stride," we'll dig into one of the biggest trends around and how audiences are fragmenting, with executives from Fullscreen, Vimeo and DEFY Media. Next, Tremor Video's head of market research will share brand-new data on connected TVs and who's actually buying/using them. There will be one more session to round out the morning, TBA.

All in all it promises to be a superb morning of learning and networking with 250+ colleagues from around the ecosystem. I hope you can join us on Dec. 4th!


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Google Play Books’ new reading mode lets you browse and skim nonfiction ebooks faster

NewTeeVee - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 07:00

It's not particularly convenient to read cookbooks, travel guides and other reference works as ebooks. Google is hoping to change that.

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Movie theaters announce “zero tolerance” policy for wearable tech

NewTeeVee - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 05:50

Theater managers say they will kick out customers who don't remove devices like smartwatches or Google Glass. This could prove difficult to enforce.

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Instagram`s Video Ads Are Finally Live, and Here Are 4 From Major Brands News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 22:00

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BT confirms Netflix pact News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 22:00

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Flipboard launches version 3.0: Smarter recommendations plus a curated daily newsmagazine

NewTeeVee - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 20:01

Flipboard has launched a major redesign of its social-magazine app, adding smarter curation tools using technology from Zite, which it acquired in March, as well as a daily newspaper-style magazine that…

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Media, Finance and Automotive Brands Lead Online Video Advertising Adoption Analysis - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 15:44

Media, finance and automotive brands continue to lead online video advertising adoption, according to new data from MediaRadar. In October, 2014 the product categories were first, second and third respectively, just as they were in October, 2013. MediaRadar found an increase in the number of brands placing online video ads in all 10 of the product categories it measures.

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Value in the media industry is moving to the edges, and publishers are in the middle

NewTeeVee - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 13:52

The internet has disrupted media in much the same way it has manufacturing of smartphones or the IT business, says Ben Thompson -- value has moved to the edges, to specialized…

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James Cameron doesn’t think Oculus is a big deal

NewTeeVee - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 11:03

The tech world may be in love with the Oculus Rift and its mobile offspring, the Gear VR headset, but Avatar director James Cameron thinks it's all a big yawn.

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Did the dam just open for internet TV? What the FCC news means for the cable industry and you

NewTeeVee - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:02

Consumers have been waiting forever for real TV options over the internet -- now they may finally get them. Here's what the FCC's big announcement could mean for you.

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Google Play Movies is getting second-screen smarts for Chromecast

NewTeeVee - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:00

What that guy's name again? Wasn't he in that other movie too? Google Play Movies users can now find relevant information in the app's new second-screen experience as they watch a…

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FCC's Proposed Broadening of Video Rules Seems Unlikely to Spur Major Market Change Analysis - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 09:17

Yesterday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wrote in a blog post that he intends to start a rule making proceeding to broaden the definition of what a multichannel video programming distributor (an "MVPD," or more simply, a cable, satellite, telco operator that distributes bundles of cable and broadcast TV networks) is, to include companies that don't actually own their own delivery infrastructure. My weekly podcast partner Colin Dixon and I call these non-infrastructure companies virtual pay-TV operators, or "vPops" for short.

This "technology-neutral" change would mean vPops using the Internet/broadband to deliver linear TV networks would also be considered MVPDs, therefore entitled to the same regulatory-mandated benefits. Wheeler characterized the move as being pro-consumer and pro-innovation and on the face of it, it definitely appears to be. But, digging deeper, it's not clear that this type of regulatory change would overcome actual market forces that will still determine the average viewer's video choices.

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New Study From M-Lab Sheds Light On Widespread Harm Caused By Netflix Routing Decisions

The Business Of Online Video - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 08:33

On Tuesday, M-Lab released a new study on the impact of network interconnection on consumer Internet performance. The report entitled “ISP Interconnection and its Impact on Consumer Internet Performance“, details findings based on the speed test results collected by its test servers for various ISPs throughout the country over a roughly two-year period. For those not familiar with M-Lab, they provide the largest collection of open Internet performance data used by the FCC, amongst others, for the Measuring Broadband America program.

M-Lab data shows that around May 2013, suddenly and simultaneously throughout the country, speed test results for many ISPs (AT&T, Comcast, CenturyLink, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon) experienced a sudden and significant decline in performance to a specific set of transit providers (Cogent, Level 3 and XO). Just as suddenly around March 2014 the performance returns to normal for most of these same ISPs. Coincidentally, a few other ISPs who Netflix had negotiated direct Open Connect connections (Cablevision and Cox) did not experience similar decline in performance. The data presented in the study confirms what myself and others have surmised about Netflix being ultimately responsible for the dramatic, simultaneous decline in Netflix performance for all non-Open Connect ISPs.

If you look at the M-Lab measured history of the congestion, you will notice that these timelines line up very closely with Netflix’s migration from 3rd party CDNs onto their own Open Connect platform. The performance impact also matches closely with ISPs that did not agree to provide Netflix with Free Peering while other ISPs that agreed did not experience a performance impact.

96C2FD9F-3407-42DE-B9A0-C7C2971F9D40Looking at Figure 1 from the report (below), we can see that performance suddenly degrades for three of the four major broadband companies in the NY metro area according to an M-Lab test server housed on Cogent’s network in NYC around May 2013 and then performance suddenly improves for all three around March 2014. This tight coordination of impact for multiple ISPs simultaneously suggests that the cause was not something done by the ISPs, but rather by another entity. (Note: I added the heading and arrows to the chart)

36F74188-CE96-4A91-899F-AD8E14F61624What entity might be responsible? Well, figure 2 shows us that the fourth broadband ISP in the NY metro area testing on the M-Lab server on Cogent’s network, Cablevision (the only one of the four with a direct connection to Netflix’s Open Connect CDN) did not experience the same sudden drop/rise in performance over their link to Cogent.


Finally, M-Lab’s report also helpfully includes performance results for all four broadband ISPs in NY from a test server located on a different backbone connection (one that was not providing transit service to Netflix) showing no sudden performance changes for any ISP.


The report also shows that direct interconnection agreements between Comcast/Netflix increased performance for other ISPs. Unless there were performance issues further upstream of the interconnection, there should have been no impact on the interconnection agreement between Comcast/Netflix on other ISP networks. And according to M-Lab’s findings, performance issues on ISPs networks were not due to technical issues but rather the business deals between ISPs. They say, “we were able to conclude that in many cases degradation was not the result of major infrastructure failures at any specific point in a network, but rather connected with the business relationships between ISPs“.

While some may want to take this report as a smoking gun that ISPs are causing congestion, they may forget, not understand, or purposely leave out, the fact that large content providers control the delivery of their traffic and can AVOID congestion. A recent MIT study “Measuring Internet congestion: A preliminary report” pointed out the fact that the ISPs singled out in this report have multiple alternative paths to reach them. The report states that, “Congestion at interconnection points does not appear to be widespread. Apart from specific issues such as Netflix traffic, our measurements reveal only occasional points of congestion where ISPs interconnect. We typically see two or three links congested for a given ISP, perhaps for one or two hours a day, which is not surprising in even a well-engineered network, since traffic growth continues in general, and new capacity must be added from time to time as paths become overloaded.”

Most agree that when Netflix, again, moved their traffic off of these newly congested paths to direct connections, performance improved both for Netflix services as well as other services impacted by this new congestion. What is puzzling however is the timing of this improvement. If you look at the graph above you will notice that all ISPs improved simultaneously in Feb 2014. This is the exact same time that Netflix and Comcast migrated traffic to their direct connection. While it is understandable that Comcast would improve, no one has explained how a Comcast direct connection would improve AT&T, Verizon, and Time Warner unless there were additional problems between the Netflix server and their transit ISPs themselves. When Netflix moved this traffic their congestion within their transit ISPs improved other destinations.

What M-Labs is trying to do is good for the Internet, but they need to expose more of the end-to-end problem. If they truly want to understand Internet congestion and user experience, they need to not only focus on interconnect, but they also should expand their measurement to the quality of transit ISPs and acknowledge the choices content sources make when delivering traffic to their customers. For example, a measurement can identify if there are material differences between a variety of OTT sources such as Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu and YouTube on a given ISP. If Amazon Prime HD video quality was excellent, but another source was poor, it would be interesting to determine why that’s occurring, and what options the content provider has to improve their services.

While many were quick to blame ISPs for problems consumers were having with their Netflix streaming experience, we’ve now have a lot of data in the market showing that the choices Netflix made directly impacted the quality of their video and other services as well. Between this new M-Lab data, the interconnection findings published by David Clark at MIT/CAIDA, this data, and a recently published research report that says Netflix is using calls for greater net neutrality to drive down the prices they pay, it’s now clear just how much control Netflix really has over the quality of video they deliver.

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Three lessons for the media business from three very different media executives

NewTeeVee - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 07:44

Here's what SoundCloud CEO Alexander Ljung, Universal Music CEO Lucian Grainge and DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg think about the future of the media and entertainment business.

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In Tough Digital-Advertising Market, Visible Measures Seeks to `Grow Up` News - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 22:00

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YouTube Star Grace Helbig Hits #1 On New York Times Best Sellers List News - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 22:00

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Nancy Tellem Out at Microsoft as Xbox Entertainment Studios Shuts Down News - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 22:00

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