Standing up for Internet freedom against the ITU and WCIT 2012

The most important event in digital media in 2012--the US and 55 other nations standing up for internet freedom against the ITU, WCIT 2012--

Standing up for Internet freedom, in Israel and the world | The Times of Israel: "Israel sided with the US — and 54 other countries — against changes to an international treaty that, some fear, could limit private use of the Internet and provide a basis for regimes to prevent their citizens from freely accessing and posting material on the Internet. The World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) in Dubai last week ended with ratification of the treaty that encourages governments to take an active role to “foster an enabling environment for the greater growth of the Internet.” The changes to the treaty were approved by 89 countries. The changes were approved in a resolution attached to a treaty for members of the UN-sponsored International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The resolution (which is not binding on members) does not explicitly mention limiting or banning Internet content, but does call on governments to take an active role in “ensuring Internet access for the benefit of their citizens.” While the resolution’s language was innocuous enough, it was the interpretation of that language that worried the US and other Western countries. The resolution, said the US, seemingly gives a “carte blanche” to governments to determine what those “benefits” should be, without an objective standard of freedom of access; countries could decide that free access to information was not “beneficial” for their citizens. The resolution thus appeared to be the beginning of a “slippery slope” which, if allowed to progress to its logical conclusion, would put an end to the Internet as a forum for the free exchange of ideas and opinions. . . . After the US announcement, other countries — including Israel — announced that they would not endorse the amendment either. And with good reason, said Meital Schwartz of the Israel Internet Association (ISOC). That slippery slope is a lot steeper than most people think. “The resolution isn’t the only problem,” she told The Times of Israel. “The entire treaty plants the seeds for a UN takeover of the Internet.”. . . “The fact that 89 countries voted to allow governments to remove certain content indicates a worrying development for the cause of Internet freedom,” Schwartz added. “The vote results obligate Israel to continue to fight for a free and open Internet, for the benefit of all.”

Thank you to the US and all 55 other countries standing up for internet freedom--and Happy New Year!

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The State of Online Video in 2012 and Trends for 2013

Infographic: The State of Online Video in 2012 and Trends for 2013 | Yahoo! Advertising Solutions - Yahoo!: "Video is a major attraction on mobile devices: 50% of tablet users and 20% of smartphone users watch video content. Looking ahead, the video ad forecast calls for continued mega-growth, and personalization is the hottest trend for 2013. Marketers will leverage personalized video content to educate consumers, build brand loyalty, and increase engagement through greater interactivity. . . . "

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Netflix encodes each movie 120 times

Netflix. from Kunal Bisla on Vimeo. To stream everywhere, Netflix encodes each movie 120 times — Online Video News: "Getting Netflix streams to play on all of your devices requires a whole lot of encoding: The company is preparing 120 different versions of each movie to deal with different screen sizes and bandwidth requirements, according to a recently published behind-the-scenes video."

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Animate your memes

Animate your memes with Vimeo creator's new project, Moonbase | The Verge: " . . . Jake Lodwick, a programmer and filmmaker, made a name for himself in tech and media circles by helping to create Vimeo and College Humor in New York. After a few years spent largely out of the public eye he's moved to San Francisco and is ready to debut his new company, Elepath, and its first public project, Moonbase: a plug and play service that aims to make it easy for anyone to create complex animations and rich media for the web without having to know a thing about coding. "When you read the Steve Jobs article 'Thoughts on Flash', it explains that Flash is no longer necessary as a browser plugin, because HTML5 can handle all the animation and interaction natively. He didn't mention that there's no replacement for the desktop authoring app known as Flash CS6. So if you want to do rich media stuff in HTML5, you need serious Javascript wizards to build it from scratch, and those people are in extremely short supply," said Lodwick, during a chat last week. "What the world needs is an easy-to-use authoring tool for rich HTML5 content. That's what Moonbase is. It's a purely visual development environment so you can wire stuff up without writing any code.". . . "

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Four out of 10 Americans have connected their TV to the Internet

" . . . Four out of 10 Americans have connected their TV to the Internet, according to a new Forrester study. If you’re just talking about the whippersnappers in the 18-to-32 age bracket, the number shoots up to 6 in 10. Forrester credits Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s PS3 for most of that; it says 42 percent of connected TV watchers are hooked up via a game console. If you’re an oldster like me — who remembers the days of rabbit ears, Pong and three broadcast networks — that number seems staggeringly high. And we can attach a few caveats below. But it’s not the first time we’ve seen stats like these. Earlier this fall NPD reported that TVs have become the most common screen for Web video-watching. And Netflix says the PS3 often generates more streams per day than PCs do. So if you’re willing to say these reports are at least directionally correct, it’s a big deal, at least for Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and everyone else who has been waiting on this moment. . . ." (source: All Things D)

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Use Online Video to Enhance your Brand

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Aereo Adds First Cable Channel - Bloomberg TV

Aereo Adds First Cable Channel: Bloomberg TV - " . . . Aereo, backed by media mogul Barry Diller's IAC/InterActiveCorp, launched a Web TV service earlier this year that streams broadcast TV signals of New York stations to New York residents for a monthly fee. But the launch created an uproar within the television world, as Aereo didn't get prior approval of the broadcasters and isn't paying for the right to carry their signals. As a result, the major broadcast networks sued Aereo in federal court in New York, alleging copyright infringement. The case hasn't been resolved. But Thursday, Aereo added its first cable channel by streaming Bloomberg TV content—with Bloomberg's permission. Aereo is paying Bloomberg for its content, the companies said, without disclosing the terms. "We believe that our members will see deep value adding in Bloomberg Television as their 'go-to' source for financial news," Aereo founder
and Chief Executive Chet Kanojia said in a written statement. . . ."

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77% of Brands Aren't Using Online Video Advertising

Advertising--an industry behind the times--

77% of Brands Aren't Using Online Video Advertising | ClickZ: "A new study from Kantar Media has found that 77 percent of brands are using national TV advertising exclusively. According to the study, only 23 percent of the brands surveyed were using online video. About 12 percent of brands reported that they were using both online video and national TV advertising. While another 11 percent said they were using online video advertising only. Kantar Media says that the restaurant and automotive industries were the most likely to use both advertising video platforms in the month of October. According to the study, 43 percent of the restaurant industry was using both online and national TV video ads. Kantar Media also found that 30 percent of automotive firms were using the two-platform video advertising method. The study reported that Internet communications and content companies were the most likely to use an online-only method for video advertising. Kantar says that 39 percent of Internet content and communications companies are using online video advertising exclusively. . . . "

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Television? or just video on another screen

Should we even call it television anymore?--soon it will all be (online mostly) video viewable on multiple kinds of screens--

The Gordian Knot of Television | MIT Technology Review: " . . . Why not just let Apple negotiate directly with networks for their content, cutting out the middleman? Basically, it’s a giant negotiation problem, though. As Patel points out, “instead of managing just a few major relationships with the cable providers, Apple would have to manage hundreds of relationships with content companies — companies that already have testy relationships with Apple services like the iTunes Store.” (And the man who deftly managed those relationships, Eddy Cue, has his hands full fixing Apple Maps at the moment.) If Apple, or whoever, took this route, it’s likely that the launched product would be missing a number of major channels. The other option is less intuitively pleasing, less Occam’s Razorish in its simplicity, but it’s probably fundamentally the more likely one. This is for Apple to basically allow cable companies to outsource their UI design to Apple. The cable companies actually make a lot of money off those interfaces, though, through ads, pay-per-view buttons, features shows and the like, so that will also be a huge negotiation. But there are some forward-thinking leaders in the cable industry who have signaled a willingness to make this happen. Jeff Bewkes, Time Warner’s CEO, is an interesting figure to watch. He recently said that he’s eager to see if Apple will make a TV of its own. “I hope they do,” he said, citing Apple’s “good interface and navigation skills.” Bewkes is canny, also aware of the potential threat of so-called “cord-nevers” to his business–young folk who, far from “cutting the cord” of cable, never really adopted it to begin with. The takeaway here is that there’s only so much speculation we observers in the tech press can provide on whether Apple or another company will provide the hardware and software to supposedly fix our TV woes. It’s a massive business and negotiating problem, and the battle to struggle to simplify our TV watching experience is probably happening on golf courses and in fancy restaurants, rather than in R&D divisions."

Actually it's already happening--YouTube has a huge lead--people want their "television" as "video on demand" on multiple devices--tablet, smartphone, notebook, desktop computer, and of course, "TV set" which is quickly becoming just another "screen."

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