Research and Policy:
• FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules Please No One (New York Times): The new “compromise” regulations are here. Here’s the reaction from across the web and a timeline of how we got here. Most groups, except the NCTA, find fault. Ars Technica summarizes why everyone hates it. From the left: EFF says its full of holes; Maxine Waters says it could harm minorities; GigaOM speculates a change in wireless pricing; Free Press says the FCC have left consumers out to fend for themselves. From the right: Republicans are gunning for it; Two FCC committee members “really, really dissent.” Lawmakers are divided. Meanwhile, Stacey Higginbotham recaps Comcast vs. Level 3 and its implications for net neutrality.
• Comcast-NBC Deal One Step Closer: While it won’t happen until next year, the merger has the approval of the FCC commissioner, based on certain conditions. NewTeeVee says the devil is in the details — especially on online video regulation. Meanwhile, after dealing with NAACP/Urban League and offering minorities a few networks, Rep. Waters says that condition needs more assurances.
Web Video Market:
• Hulu Pulls IPO Off the Table (Wall Street Journal): Lots of interesting things to say about this. NewTeeVee looks at whether Hulu can be independent of its stakeholders, while Andrew Wallenstein examines Hulu’s precarious position, especially vis-a-vis Comcast-NBC’s merger. All of sudden, Hulu’s not looking so hot! It’s still dominating video ad views, though.
• YouTube Gives Creators Cash (New York Times): So they can buy stuff to make more professional videos. Coupled with last week’s Vimeo “school” announcement and Blip paying $10-$15 CPMs, it seems the aggregators want higher quality. PS: Mashable reports 700 billion YouTube videos viewed this year.
• Comcast Doubles Day-and-Date Releases (BusinessWire)
• Ryan Higa Reaches 3 Million Subscribers (Tubefilter)
• Annoying Orange Books Its First Guest Star (Hollywood Reporter): James Caan.
• Ben Stiller Does More Web Series (Tubefilter)
Hollywood and Tech:
• MTV Planning More Mobile in 2011 (BeetTV)
• Content Becoming Personalized (NewTeeVee): NewTeeVee looks at all the ways users can bypass TV.
• Is Tron the Pinnacle of Hollywood Convergence? (Hollywood Reporter): With video games.