T-Mobile is writing the manual on how to #@&k up the internet 

T-Mobile has just announced “Binge On,” a deal that gives customers unlimited access to Netflix, HBO Go, ESPN, Showtime, and video from most other huge media brands (but not YouTube!). It’s just like T-Mobile’s “Music Freedom” promotion, which gives customers unlimited high-speed data, as long as they’re listening to music from Spotify, Google Play Music, or one of T-Mobile’s other partners. It sounds like a sweet deal, and many customers will benefit! But it’s dangerous for the internet. When John Herrman writes that the next internet is TV — and you should believe him — this is part of how we get there.

Source: T-Mobile is writing the manual on how to fuck up the internet | The Verge

Pandora sees stock bump thanks to Sony/ATV deal 

It’s been a rocky few weeks for Pandora since its earnings call delivered news of a slowdown in listener-ship, thanks to Apple Music. But November has been kind to Pandora Media CEO Brian McAndrews. His stock is up 10 percent over the past five days, in part because Pandora has a new long-term deal in place with music publishing company Sony/ATV.

Source: Pandora sees stock bump thanks to Sony/ATV deal | New York Post

Starz Leads Investment Round in Indie Film Streaming Service Fandor 

Starz LLC led a $7 million investment round in independent film streaming service Fandor, the premium TV network’s first foray into direct-to-consumer streaming in the U.S. Fandor is a subscription streaming service that offers about 7,000 independent films to subscribers, for plans ranging from $7.50 to $10 a month.

Source: Starz Leads Investment Round in Indie Film Streaming Service Fandor – WSJ

Overheard: Cord-Cutting Pain Is Spread Unevenly 

Cord-cutting is officially the U.S. media industry’s fear du jour. But not all companies will fare the same if subscriber declines accelerate. Despite the negative reaction to its earnings report earlier this month, Walt Disney isn’t the most exposed. That honor goes to AMC Networks where earnings per share would fall 16.6% if domestic affiliate fees fell 10%, Bernstein estimates. Disney falls roughly in the middle of the pack: Its earnings would fall 8.7%.

Source: Overheard: Cord-Cutting Pain Is Spread Unevenly – WSJ

First Lawsuits Filed Against the F.C.C.’s ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules – NYTimes

On Monday, two lawsuits were filed against the Federal Communication Commission’s new rules for broadband Internet service, the beginning of what is expected to be a flurry of legal challenges to the new regulations.

The United States Telecom Association, a trade group that represents some of the nation’s largest Internet providers, filed suit in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. On the same day, Alamo Broadband, a small broadband provider based in Texas, sued in federal court in New Orleans.

via First Lawsuits Filed Against the F.C.C.’s ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules – NYTimes.com.

AT&T Said 6 Terabytes of Data Sent From College Football Championship

As Ohio State captured the inaugural playoff championship on the field, fans made records of their own, sending and receiving more than 6 terabytes of data over Wi-Fi and AT&T’s cellular network. Nearly 5 terabytes travelled over the stadium Wi-Fi network with another 1.4 terabytes going over AT&T’s cellular equipment in the stadium.

via AT&T Said 6 Terabytes of Data Sent From College Football Championship | Re/code.

With Dish Deal, CBS Keeps It Basic

When CBS and Dish Network reached a new retransmission deal last weekend after a one-day blackout it looked like a clean win for the network. CBS got a hike in retransmission fees (although by how much we don’t know) and a commitment from Dish to disable the AutoHop ad-skipping DVR feature for CBS programs during the C7 window. Dish, on the other hand, came away without what it seemingly most wanted: the rights to include CBS’s linear channel in its planned online multichannel pay-TV service. Read More »

Who lost SOPA?

Legislation The blame-storming in Hollywood over the failure of SOPA and the Protect-IP Act has begun. MPAA chief Chris Dodd offers a half-hearted mea culpa in the New York Times, acknowledging a “perception problem” for the industry. But he pins most of the blame on “irresponsible” technology players like Wikipedia, Google and Reddit for stirring up the natives with their blackouts and black propaganda.

More darkly, many in the media industry are blaming President Barack Obama for the loss, accusing him of a stab in the back for siding publicly with Silicon Valley after Hollywood had raised millions for his campaigns. One time SOPA and PIPA supporters in Congress who went wobbly in the face of public pressure are also coming in for scorn.

Most of the problems the media companies have had over SOPA and PIPA, however, have been self-inflicted. Read More »