The upshot is that entertainment industries have, in the last half-century, gone from simple merchants—buy a ticket in this physical store; buy an album in this physical store—to digital cephalopods, sticking their tentacles into a multitude of diverse businesses and adapting surprisingly quickly to consumer habits as we fall in and out of love with different ways of watching video and listening to music.

The Future of Media Will Be Streamed - Derek Thompson - The Atlantic

4,608 people ages 4 to 50 from 10 European countries were surveyed. Nearly all — 97 percent — say they watch movies at least occasionally. 68 percent of them say they download or stream movies for free, and about half of that group (34 percent of respondents overall) do so weekly.

That’s a lot of pirating: 68% of Europeans download or stream movies for free — Tech News and Analysis

Using the “Netflix-like” service, borrowers will be able to watch videos and movies on any tablet, computer, or device with an Internet connection, according to an OverDrive statement. Streaming content can be sent to any device via email, QR code, or text message. Patrons have the option of browsing and sampling videos on the Overdrive Media Station, a user introduction to the service, and in-library ebook kiosks. The videos will be hosted on the same platform OverDrive supplies for ebook, audio, and music titles.

OverDrive Rolls Out “Netflix-like” Streaming Video Pilot for Libraries and Schools - The Digital Shift

So far this year, 1.01 billion track downloads have been sold in the United States, down 4 percent from the same time last year, according to the tracking service Nielsen SoundScan. Album downloads are up 2 percent, to 91.9 million; combining these results using the industry’s standard yardstick of 10 tracks to an album, total digital sales are down almost 1 percent. After enjoying double-digit growth in the years after Apple opened its iTunes store in 2003, song downloads began to cool several years ago. But the rate of decline this year — weekly sales began to lag in February, and the drop has accelerated rapidly in recent months — has caught the business by surprise.

As Downloads Dip, Music Executives Cast a Wary Eye on Streaming Services - NYTimes.com

Networks Get a Victory in Court Over Streaming Service

For the first time in nearly a year, the nation’s major television broadcasters have won a round in their legal battle against start-up firms that stream programs from local stations over the Internet without their consent.

The Federal District Court for the District of Columbia issued a preliminary injunction on Thursday against one such start-up, FilmOn X. The broadcasters that sued FilmOn, claiming copyright infringement, cheered the news. It was not immediately clear how the ruling might affect Aereo, a better-known streaming service backed by the head of IAC/InterActiveCorp, Barry Diller.

“We are pleased, but not surprised, that the court recognized that the commercial retransmission of our broadcast signal without permission or compensation is a clear violation of the law,” the Fox network said in a statement. The network said the preliminary injunction would apply across the country, with the exception of New York, Connecticut and Vermont, where the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has upheld Aereo’s business model in the face of lawsuits from the broadcasters.

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On his Facebook page yesterday, Hastings said that Netflix served up over 4 billion hours of streaming video during the first three months of the year, reaching a high-water mark for the company.

Netflix streams 4 billion hours in last quarter | Internet & Media - CNET News

Judge Throws Out Lawsuit Over UCLA's Streaming of Videos to Students

A federal judge in California has for the second time thrown out a lawsuit that accused the University of California at Los Angeles of violating copyright law by streaming videos online.

Judge Consuelo B. Marshall of the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles had previously dismissed the lawsuit in October 2011, but she allowed the plaintiffs, Ambrose Video Publishing Inc. and the Association for Information Media and Equipment, a trade group, to file a second amended complaint. In a ruling issued last Tuesday, she rejected the second amended complaint.

The plaintiffs contended that UCLA had acted illegally in copying DVD’s of Shakespeare plays acquired from Ambrose and streaming them online for faculty and students to use in courses. UCLA argued that streaming the videos was permissible under the fair-use principle, which can allow reproductions for teaching, and the Teach Act, which allows limited use of copyrighted materials for online education.

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Is streaming video costing Amazon up to $1 billion a year?

The Netflix CEO gave an interview to Dow Jones today in which he said Amazon is losing between $500 million and a $1 billion a year as a result of acquiring rights to streaming video content.

In the interview, Hastings said he came up with the numbers after comparing the value of the content deals Amazon won when the two companies directly competed for rights.

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Broadcasters Defeat TV Streaming Service

A federal appeals court is dealing a death blow to an upstart service that streams broadcast television over the internet, ruling that ivi Inc. is not a cable system and therefore is not protected by the Copyright Act.

In a case brought by the major over-the-air U.S. broadcasters ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and others, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said those broadcasters do not have to automatically license their content to internet streaming services because ivi is not a traditional “cable” company. The U.S. Copyright Act requires that broadcasters license their content to satellite and cable companies under a regulated pricing scheme known as compulsory licensing — but not to online streaming services such as ivi, which in 2010 began streaming broadcast television shows from the Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York markets to users across the country for $5 monthly.

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Judge rules against broadcasters, denying injunction against Aereo TV

In March, a coalition of major broadcasters sued a New York City-based TV-streaming start-up called Aereo, which the broadcasters said was stealing their content so users could watch TV online. Today, a Manhattan US District Judge ruled against the coalition, which includes ABC, CBS, NBCUniversal, and Fox, saying he would not order Aereo to stop distributing service to its customers while the trial was ongoing.

» via ars technica