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New Net Neutrality Rules

BildCapitol Hill has responded to a petition for net neutrality by stating: “Absent net neutrality, the Internet could turn into a high-priced private toll road that would be inaccessible to the next generation of visionaries. The resulting decline in the development of advanced online apps and services would dampen demand for broadband and ultimately discourage investment in broadband infrastructure. An open Internet removes barriers to investment worldwide.”
As a result the FCC declared it is working on a new set of net neutrality rules: “The FCC must stand strongly behind its responsibility to oversee the public interest standard and ensure that the Internet remains open and fair,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a statement. “The Internet is and must remain the greatest engine of free expression, innovation, economic growth and opportunity the world has ever known.”
It is not expected, though, that new net neutrality rules would prohibit TelCos and CableCos from making deals with content providers like Youtube and Netflix, for prioritized bandwidth.
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It’s official: Comcast to acquire Time Warner Cable for $45.2B

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We’ve seen this one coming for months now. FInally, Comcast buys TWC.

Originally posted on Gigaom:

The country’s two largest broadband cable companies are becoming one: On Thursday morning, Comcast (s CMCSA)  confirmed reports that it is acquiring Time Warner Cable (s TWC). The all-stock deal is worth $45.2 billion at $159 a share.

Comcast is acquiring TWC’s 11 million subscribers — who are located in “key geographic areas, including New York City, Southern California, Texas, the Carolinas, Ohio, and Wisconsin” – bringing the total number of subscribers affected to about 30 million. To alleviate antitrust concerns, Comcast said it’s “prepared to divest systems serving approximately 3 million managed subscribers…Following the transaction, Comcast’s share of managed subscribers will remain below 30 percent of the total number of MVPD subscribers in the U.S. and will be essentially equivalent to Comcast Cable’s subscriber share after its completion of both the 2002 AT&T Broadband transaction and the 2006 Adelphia transaction.” The merger is expected to close by the end of…

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Netflix Coming To Set Top Boxes

BildsVoD giants Netflix are entering new territories, geographically and technologically, by making the service available on Set Top Boxes by TiVo in Sweden. This move adds another class of devices through which the subscription-based service can enter your household and grab a part of your media consumption budget.

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3 reasons why digital video needs to rethink its advertising model

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Pre-Roll Ads are so 2008!

Originally posted on VentureBeat:

Mo Al Adham is CEO and cofounder of mobile video discovery app Telly.

Digital video companies like YouTube are not living up to their full potential when it comes to generating revenue. Despite the fact that the company has tripled its revenue, YouTube could be leaving tons of revenue on the table by not innovating on its advertising model beyond traditional pre-roll ads. In the increasingly mobile-first world, people’s attention spans are shorter, and they are less likely to tolerate an interruptive ad before watching a quick, short clip on their phones.

Advertisements are an essential part of online video, but done the wrong way, they can become a huge annoyance to consumers. No one enjoys a 30 second pre-roll ad blocking the video they want to watch, especially on their phone. The fact that a whopping 70 percent of consumers skip pre-roll ads after the required five seconds…

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Amazon Launches Kindle Content Service for Kids

Amazon is launching a subscription service for children’s games, videos and books aimed at getting more kids to use its Kindle Fire tablet devices.

http://www.wirelessweek.com/news/2012/12/amazon-launches-kindle-content-service-kids

Curated Shopping im WSJ

Curated Shopping im WSJ

Das Thema “curated shopping” fliegt im Internet 2012 mit Seiten wie fab.com, svpply.com, thefancy.com uvm. In diesem Artikel vertritt der Autor die These, dass faule und überforderte Konsumenten geradezu darauf angewiesen sind, Kaufempfehlungen zu bekommen.

Aber lest selbst…

Amazon rutscht in Verlustzone

Der US-Onlinehändler Amazon hat im dritten Quartal einen Verlust von 274 Millionen US-Dollar eingefahren. Das geht aus den Geschäftszahlen hervor, die das Unternehmen am Donnerstag veröffentlicht hat.  Im Vorjahresquartal hatte Amazon noch einen Gewinn von 63 Millionen US-Dollar vermelden können. Der Umsatz dagegen stieg gegenüber dem Vorjahr um 27 Prozent auf nun 13,8 Milliarden US-Dollar.

Grund für das Abrutschen in die Verlustzone ist laut der Mitteilung eine Abschreibung auf die Beteiligung an dem Coupon-Spezialisten Living Social.

Darüber hinaus verkauft Amazon mit dem Kindle Fire HD eine neue Tablet-Generation, von der einige Geräte bereits in Europa erhältlich sind. Nach Aussage von Amazon-Chef Bezos verkauft sein Unternehmen diese Geräte praktisch zum Herstellungspreis, um das Geld dann mit dem Verkauf von Inhalten zu verdienen.

Hier geht´s zum Artikel…

Originally posted on VentureBeat:

For all we do not know about the new Amazon phone, we do know one thing for sure: It’s from Amazon. Based on the company’s track record, we can make some educated guesses about what’s in store and how Amazon’s rumored smartphone may impact app development.

Just as Google is an advertising company posing as a search company, the launch of Amazon’s phone means Amazon is truly becoming a commerce company posing as a hardware company. Amazon’s commerce focus will determine the kinds of apps we can expect to run on this new phone.

Amazon’s overarching goal is to sell goods via the digisphere. They’ve done so masterfully online, and they expect to replicate and grow this success on mobile. Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet has been a success because it is an affordable, narrowly-focused, and well-functioning device. They can afford to price the device low, even at a loss, because…

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Streaming music service Spotify has plenty of nifty stats to share on its first year in the U.S., including the fact that U.S. listeners have jammed to more than 13 billion songs.

Spotify launched in the U.S. on July 14, 2011, joining a wave of other streaming music services like Rdio and Mog that familiarized Americans with the concept of streaming music. Since then, the service has amassed more than 3 million users in the U.S., about 20 percent of whom are paying customers, according to April figures from the New York Post.

If you’ve been living under a rock for a year, Spotify is a service that lets you stream millions of music tracks for free. For $5 a month, you get unlimited access to Spotify’s library and no advertisements. And for $10 a month (which I like to call music Nirvana), you unlock Spotify’s full mobile experience…

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iTunes wird runderneuert

Apple plant offenbar, seine Musiksoftware iTunes mobiler, cloudiger und sozialer zu machen. So soll es möglich sein, à la Spotify Titel in sozialen Netzwerken zu teilen, die dann von Freunden gehört werden können.

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