Data privacy bill in Congress, trans-Atlantic deal elusive

Negotiators given deadline to resolve issues but hurdles remain

Reuters

Washington/ Brussels (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate panel approved measures on Thursday that were causing concern in Europe among negotiators hammering out a new trans-Atlantic pact on electronic data transfer, an issue for many companies such as Facebook and Microsoft.

Net Insight says new invention could double addressable market

The Internet may lag a minute behind traditional TV, to the dismay of live broadcasters

Reuters

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Net Insight's new invention that enables synchronized live broadcasts on TV, tablets and smartphones could double its total addressable market in 1-2 years and should have a healthy impact on profit margins, its chief executive told Reuters.

The Internet often has a lag of a minute or more compared to traditional TV, causing particular headaches for broadcasters of live events such as sports, which Net Insight promises to help its customers do away with.

FCC wants details on AT&T, Comcast, T-Mobile data plans

'Net Neutrality' requires broadband providers to treat all data equally, banning 'fast lane'

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission said on Thursday it asked major Internet providers to answer questions on policies aimed at offering consumers free data by using preferred services and whether they violate the government’s net neutrality rules.

The FCC unveiled rules earlier this year requiring broadband providers to treat all data equally, rather than giving or selling access to a so-called Web "fast lane."

U.S. top court rules for DirecTV in arbitration case

Class action law suits in 2008 asserted that company violated state law by imposing cancellation fees

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled for DirecTV Inc, backing the satellite television provider's efforts to enforce arbitration agreements signed by its customers in California.

Consumer advocates have criticized the increased use of such arbitration agreements that they contend deny customers the opportunity to vindicate their rights in court.

Anywhere, anytime: EU to allow travelers to take Netflix abroad

Resonantes with Brussels' aim of tearing down borders in the online world

Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union wants to allow consumers access to their online subscriptions for services like Netflix, Sky and Canal+ when they travel in the 28-member bloc, setting it up for a battle with media groups.

The proposal was presented by the executive European Commission (EC) on Wednesday, along with a longer-term strategy for making copyrighted works more easily available across the EU, likely to run into stiff opposition from the media industry as well as from artists.

German court says ISPs may have to block music-sharing sites

Supreme Court dismisses cases against Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica's O2 Deutschland

Reuters

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's highest court said Internet service providers could be made responsible for blocking websites offering illegal music downloads, but only if copyright holders showed they had first made reasonable attempts to thwart such piracy by other means.

The federal Supreme Court dismissed two cases brought by music rights society GEMA against Deutsche Telekom and music companies Universal Music, Sony and Warner Music Group against Telefonica's O2 Deutschland.

Ericsson sees video driving tenfold rise in mobile data by 2021

Content providers, such as Netflix, Facebook and YouTube are the biggest winners from the increase

Reuters

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish telecoms network gear maker Ericsson raised its forecast for mobile data traffic, in a further boost to companies that benefit from rising numbers of consumers viewing online videos on platforms such as YouTube and Netflix.

Ericsson, the world's top mobile network equipment maker, expects a tenfold surge in mobile data traffic globally between 2015 and 2021 as the number of smartphone subscriptions rise. In its mobile industry report in June it forecast that growth would be eightfold between 2014 and 2020.

Dish misses revenue estimates as more subscribers ditch pay-TV

For investors, the big question has been what Dish plans to do with the its spectrum assets

Reuters

(Reuters) - Dish Network Corp reported quarterly revenue that fell short of market estimates as more subscribers dropped its pay-TV service and growth in its online streaming service Sling TV showed signs of faltering.

The company said on Monday it had lost about 23,000 pay-TV subscribers on a net basis in the quarter ended Sept. 30, compared with a loss of about 12,000 a year earlier.

User defections rose to 1.86 percent of the company's subscriber base, compared with the 1.69 percent analysts surveyed by research firm FactSet StreetAccount had expected.

FCC sets bid prices, application filing dates in airwaves auction

Applications to participate in the reverse auction must be filed in early December

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Friday released opening bid prices for its airwaves auction in a public notice and also set the dates for broadcasters to file applications for the auction.

AT&T, Uber to test college football streaming in connected cars

Since acquiring DirecTV in July, operator has stepped up focus on video content to mobile devices

Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - AT&T Inc said on Friday it has partnered with Uber to roll out connected car rides in four cities for a limited time to let passengers watch college football games live from tablets in the backseat during their trips.

Since wireless company AT&T acquired satellite-TV provider DirecTV in July for $48.5 billion it has stepped up its focus on offering video content on TVs to mobile devices. With this Uber initiative, AT&T is testing the appetite for video content in connected cars.

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