Digital ad spending gains on TV; Disney takes hands-off approach to 'Frozen' fan videos

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> Digital ad spending will overtake traditional TV ad spending by 2018, but only by a very small margin, an eMarketer forecast says. Article

> Disney is taking an unusual hands-off approach to many unauthorized content uploads and fan renditions of songs from the hit movie "Frozen" currently flooding YouTube. Article

> Consumers expect a "full-featured" video experience regardless of the device they're using, or the service--OTT, cable or satellite. Slimmed-down second-screen offerings just won't do, Parks Associates said in a new study. Release

> Second screen is not impacting traditional broadcast programming, Andrew Neil, BBC political commentator, told SES customers. Article

> Level 3 argues that paid peering causes problems, but GigaOM's Stacey Higginbotham says the problem shouldn't be characterized as a net neutrality issue. Column

> Shipments of television sets dropped 6 percent worldwide in 2013, to just 225.1 million units, continuing a steady contraction blamed on several factors including economic conditions in Europe and less availability of low-cost TVs. Article

> TiVo now has more than 2.5 million subscribers in Europe via the three major operators using its service, Virgin Media, ONO and Com Hem. Article

> Live streaming has brought new life to the idea of communal gaming, with Twitch, a site that live-streams video games while viewers comment, garnering 45 million unique viewers each month. Article

> BSkyB is launching its own movie download service, which will run on its Sky Store video rental platform. Article

> IT administrators need to include desktop media players like Quicktime or Windows Media Player in their IT security planning, as users rarely update them and leave the player open to security exploits. Article

And finally... Content isn't really king in the online video world, argues Streaming Media's Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen, but part of a triumvirate of audience, content and technology that are all important to market development. Article