Roku has opted to keep voice control limited to searching its own catalog of available shows and songs, which can be activated by pushing a button on its remote control. If you'd like to control your system from further away, the company has introduced a different type of remote control called the Roku Touch. … [Read more...] about Roku pushes into the audio wars with $200 speakers made just for your television
In Robinson v. Disney Online, No. 14-04146 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 20, 2015), the plaintiff claimed that the Disney Channel app transmitted video viewing data and his Roku device serial number to a third-party analytics company for data profiling purposes each time he viewed a video clip, constituting a violation of the VPPA. In particular, the plaintiff did not argue that the information disclosed by Disney constituted PII by itself, but rather that the disclosed information was PII because the analytics company could potentially identify him by “linking” these disclosures with “existing personal information” obtained elsewhere. In dismissing the action, the court held that PII is information which itself identifies a particular person as having accessed specific video materials, and whereas names and addresses, as a statutory matter, identify a specific person, an anonymized Roku serial number merely identifies a device. … [Read more...] about Video Privacy Protection Act Narrowed – App’s Transmission of Roku ID Not Disclosure of Personal Information
The Basic BreakdownThe media landscape really is starting to look like a game of thrones. What kingdom are they fighting to rule? 5G. All viewers. Mobile streaming all the time. That is coming and, with it, cable will likely be a thing of the past. Like rabbit ears, our children will look at a coax cable and scratch their heads. More and more people are not watching “TV” in the traditional sense, where they would sit down in the living room when their favorite show came on at 8:00 p.m. and watch, while commercials kept them entertained during the breaks. … [Read more...] about AT&T to Buy Time Warner for $85 Billion: Will Trump “Trump” It?
Finally, the FCC is asking for comment on the best approach to deal with legacy MVPDs that transition to IP-based distribution networks and how to regulate separate OTT services that these MVPDs may begin to offer. The FCC tentatively concludes that a cable system migrating to an IP-based distribution method would still be treated as a cable operator under the proposed rules. On the other hand, if the operator begins to offer separate OTT services over the Internet, then that class of service would be classified as a non-cable MVPD under the proposed linear programming approach. As noted above, the FCC is seeking comment on the appropriate regulatory structure for linear programming MVPDs. … [Read more...] about FCC Proposes to Regulate Internet-Based Video Programmers
The publication says the mini notebook computers are priced between $350 to $450 and weigh just over two pounds. The writer likes the Inspiron Mini 9 and Mini 12 from Dell and the Aspire One from Acer. … [Read more...] about Gadgets with ‘Net’ in their Names Make List of Best-Priced Gifts