FridayFunFact2: For the first time, the number of broadband subscribers with the major U.S. cable companies exceeded the number of cable subscribers, the Leichtman Research Group reported today. Among other things, these figures suggest the industry is now misnamed. Evidently these are broadband companies that offer cable on the side.

(from: The Internet Is Officially More Popular Than Cable in the U.S. | Business | WIRED)

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While Kanojia now seems determined to continue Aereo, lead investor Barry Diller seems to have given up. Diller told CNBC, “We did try, but it’s over now.” Aereo had raised $97 million in venture capital so far, $34 million of which was raised after the court case began. This is certainly a fair amount of investment, but Diller considers the abandonment of Aereo “not a big [financial] loss to us.” Though it might not be a crippling financial hit to investors, Diller is concerned what this ruling says for the future of streaming technology, “I do believe blocking this technology is a big loss for consumers, and beyond that I only salute Chet Kanojia and his band of Aereo’lers for fighting the good fight.”

What Does Aereo Do Now? - The Wire

Just imagine a web-based service that encompasses video on demand, subscription pay-TV channels, pay-per-view, ad-supported broadcast TV, and emerging internet-based content. Such an entity requires a centralized content aggregator and curator to become a neutral repository for movies and TV programs, stored in the cloud, and deliverable to televisions, tablets and smart phones. All that is needed is one ‘app’. This requires bold disruption to the TV industry. But the current pay-TV operators are not disruptors. Recently, DIRECTV’s president commented about evolving to online video, “if you can, avoid cannibalizing your core business.” Unfortunately, the pay TV operators do not heed Steve Jobs’ advice: “if you don’t cannibalize yourself, someone else will.”

The Future of TV Isn’t Apps. We Need All Our Channels in One Place | Opinion | WIRED

The Public Broadcasting Act specifically mandates that public television reach every American citizen, everywhere in the country, for free, and for more than 60 years the commission’s own policies on spectrum reserved for noncommercial educational television have honored and safeguarded that mandate,” the statement said in part, adding, “We believe the commission’s rejection of this longstanding policy is a grievous error that risks breaking faith with the nation’s commitment to universal service for noncommercial educational television.

Worries Over Access to Free Public TV - NYTimes.com

PwC’s analysts say the money earned from on-demand video will rise by $10 billion in five years. Online and TV-based streaming services combined to pull in a revenue of $7.34 billion in 2013, a figure that PwC says will rise to $11.47 billion in 2016, before reaching $17.03 billion in 2018. That rise will be driven primarily by subscription video services such as Netflix and Hulu, PwC says, rather than by through-TV subscriptions.

Video streaming services could make more money than the US box office by 2017 | The Verge

This data is significant in that it substantiates the notion that more content does not necessarily equate to more channel consumption. And that means quality is imperative—for both content creators and advertisers. So the best way to reach consumers in a world with myriad options is to be the best option.

Changing Channels: Americans View Just 17 Channels Despite Record Number to Choose From

Most games and app developers equate swiping and tapping with the term “interactive.” They want parents to believe that, unlike with passive screen-time, touchscreens will make our kids smarter, more connected, and better at problem-solving.

While Linn has nothing against kids playing certain games (such as Minecraft) in moderation, she warns that parents quickly forget (in our haste to get a minute of peace or just dinner on the table) that the business model for almost everything on a computer screen is marketing plus taking our personal information and embedding products in what whatever we’re watching.

So it’s much different from that 30-second commercial from my childhood that could be turned down or off is over.

What kids are really interacting with? Ads. Constantly.

Watching television is better for your kids than swiping an iPad - Quartz

Because [Aereo’s] system transmits the same underlying performances to numerous subscribers, the system is clearly infringing," he wrote. However, he said that line of reasoning doesn’t extend to other cloud-based services, what you’d commonly associate with Amazon storage lockers or Dropbox. "That conclusion, however, should not call into question the legitimacy of businesses that use the Internet to provide new ways for consumers to store, hear, and view their own lawfully acquired copies of copyrighted works.

US sides with networks against Aereo in Supreme Court fight | Internet & Media - CNET News

“The Copyright Act does not tolerate business models premised on the unauthorized exploitation of the copyrighted works of others,” said the brief, which was filed by broadcasters including ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox.

TV Networks Ask Supreme Court to Shut Down Aereo - NYTimes.com

In Kimball’s reading, the 2nd Circuit saw Congress as attempting to “distinguish between public and private transmissions.” Kimball sees no such distinction, believing Congress intended the Transmit Clause to apply to a broad swath of technologies. Copyrighted works watched privately can still be “public performances” under particular circumstances (hotel video-on-demand systems, for instance). “Congress expressly used language throughout the definition section of the 1976 Copyright Act that would encompass all known or yet to be developed technologies,” Kimball wrote in today’s order.

Aereo loses copyright fight, gets banned in 6 states | Ars Technica