CISPA would grant companies more power to obtain “threat” information (such as from private communications of users) and to disclose that data to the government without a warrant — including sending data to the National Security Agency.
#8. Traditional TV is under more pressure
Over-the-top content for connected TVs and non-linear TV content will continue to force broadcasters, pay-TV and telecom operators to re-think their strategies.
The take-up of paid-for OTT video services to the TV in Canada and the USA will more than double between 2012 and 2017 — reaching 53.1 million households 37.4% of households by the end of 2017.
via Analysys Mason
Due to its indisputable value to Americans, the US wireless industry has grown into one of the largest sectors of the US economy. The US wireless industry generates as much economic activity as the Czech Republic, the 46th largest economy in the world
via Recon Analytics
Box office revenues in North America surged by 23.5 percent in the first three months of 2012 to $2.59 billion — that’s compared with $2.09 billion during the same period in 2011.
The 2012 boost follows on from a disappointing Q1 2011, which finished 20.7 percent below the most recent first quarter high set in 2010. However, the 2010 tally was at least partially inflated with box office takings from 3D blockbuster Avatar (first released in December 2009).
Plotted against 2010′s Q1 record, 2012 therefore finished marginally lower (2.1 per cent down) and therefore representing a historically good performance.
Even with some successes — such as online jukebox Spotify — Europe’s tech industry continues to lag the U.S. market.
Total venture capital investment in the third quarter of 2011 in the U.S. outstripped that in Europe by almost eight times. Only one of the 10 largest global technology companies by market value — Germany’s SAP AG SAP — is European.
The value of tech companies in the U.S. is $3 trillion, according to Bloomberg data, almost nine times the $351 billion in Western Europe.
Total 3D revenues equated to 19.0 percent of total domestic box office revenues in 2011 — representing a decline from the share the previous year (20.6 percent), despite a 66 percent surge in dedicated releases.
However, the year was always going to be difficult given the comparison with the runaway success of Avatar, first released in December 2009 but still on release in 2010.
The after-effects of Avatar could also explain a 36 percent drop in average 3D box office by title year-on-year.
Even with a vast amount of free content available, tablet owners aren’t opposed to paying for the media they really want.
Nielsen looked at willingness to purchase media content among tablet owners in the U.S., U.K., Germany and Italy and found that Americans are the most likely to pay for all categories of media content, except news.
Most U.S. tablet owners have paid for downloaded music 62% and books 58% for usage on their device. Approximately half have paid for movies 51%.
via Nielsen Wire
According to new research from Nielsen, tablet and smartphone owners in Germany, Italy and the U.K. are more likely than American device owners to make a purchase online via PC after viewing an ad on their tablet or smartphone.
Meanwhile, Italian device owners are the most likely to click on an ad to seek out further information on a product advertised on their tablet or smartphone. Americans are the least likely to make a purchase on their smartphone after viewing an ad.
Finally, U.S. tablet owners are more likely to click on a mobile ad or search for more information after viewing a mobile ad than U.S. smartphone owners.
via Nielsen Wire
The holiday season was a success for sales of digital media players, demonstrating an increasingly strong consumer appetite for over-the-top OTT video, according to a new report from Parks Associates.
The research firm estimates that penetration of these devices is now approaching 13% of the nation’s broadband households, matching its 2011 forecasts.
According to their survey results, 31% of U.S. broadband households regularly watch TV programs or movies accessed from the Internet on their TVs.
via IPTV news