On The Hill
: Global Crossing
warned the FCC
of "significant disruption" in the internet if carriers can charge access fees as in the Comcast/Level 3
dispute. Noted the company, Comcast's proposed fee "is the functional
equivalent of an access charge" and should be struck down. --- As a
expected, the FCC voted to move forward on Universal Service Fund
reform. Now watch for the devil in the details. --- Also as expected, Rep Fred Upton
(R-MI) says he'll aim to cut off funds for net neutrality regs, most likely as part of a bill to keep the gov't funded.
: Joint ventures don't work, media guru Scott Kurnet
told Business Insider
. And that means Hulu
is doomed. Go here for more
. --- Be that as it may, ComScore
's 2010 US Digital Year in Review report (here
points out that Hulu outdraws the online services of all five major TV
networks by a factor of two. The same report notes "a consistent
increase in video advertising as a percentage of total online viewing."
is now the No. 1 media brand says the Brand Keys
Customer Loyalty Engagement Index, knocking Apple
down to No. 2.
: According to analysts at Trefis
, Xoom and tablets will make up 20% of Motorola Mobility
's value as the market for tablets continues to boom. Estimates from DigiTimes
call for the company to sell 700K to 800K Xooms in the first quarter alone.•
Around the World
: The UK's Competition Commission
is questioning the "excess profits" which BSkyB
earns from its movie deals.
: Lots of shaking going on at CBS
as Jeff Fager
moves up to chairman of CBS News, David Rhodes
comes in from Bloomberg
to be president of CBS News, Sean McManus becomes chairman of CBS Sports.
has launched a satellite IPTV streaming service over the VT iDirect
platform. Using the Apple TV
platform, the Dubai-based service provides VOD services in the Middle East and Africa. --- ND SatCom
will supply transmission stations for a satellite-based cloud computing system in South Africa.•