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.

Dish affiliates surrender some spectrum licenses: FCC official

Dish has said it is interested in offering wireless services in addition to its pay-TV business

Reuters

(Reuters) - Dish Network Corp's affiliates on Thursday surrendered 197 spectrum licenses to the U.S. government after they were held ineligible for $3.3 billion in small-business discounts earlier this year, according to a senior U.S Federal Communications Commission official.

Dish's affiliates, Northstar Wireless LLC and SNR Wireless LicenseCo LLC, on Thursday paid a penalty of $413 million for defaulting on the licenses worth $3.3 billion that they decided not to pay for, the official said.

Brazil to boost Internet speed through Europe - Telebras CEO

At present, all submarine fiber-optic cables connect Brazil to the Internet through the U.S.

Reuters

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil will boost its Internet communications to reduce dependence on U.S. hubs and be able to host global data centers for heavy users like YouTube and Netflix Inc, Jorge Bittar, head of state-run telecoms company Telebras, said in an interview.

At present, all submarine fiber-optic cables connect Brazil to the Internet through the United States.

Verizon launches trial of mobile video service in test for telecom industry

Aims to prove that telecom players can compete with mobile ad industry titans Google and Facebook

Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc will launch a trial version of its new mobile video service on Tuesday, aiming to prove that telecom players can compete with mobile ad industry titans Google Inc and Facebook Inc.

Verizon said its service, a mobile app dubbed "go90", will be offered initially to a select set of its own customers, with advertisements from well-known brands, which it declined to name, but without newly acquired ad technology from AOL, the media company it bought in June for $4.4 billion.

AT&T ups revenue, profit forecast after DirecTV buy

As the U.S. wireless market reaches saturation, AT&T hopes to tap into DirecTV's video assets

Reuters

(Reuters) - AT&T Inc said on Wednesday it expects revenue, earnings and free cash flow to grow through 2018 following its DirecTV purchase and investments in Mexico, though it also sees higher capital expenditure.

As the U.S. wireless market reaches saturation, AT&T hopes to tap into DirecTV's video assets and has been expanding its wireless operations in Mexico to grow revenue.

AT&T, which closed its $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV in July, also plans to deliver video content through ad-supported TV streaming and mobile video products to unlock new revenue.

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