Media, entertainment websites take brunt of DDoS attacks; Why Katie Couric made the jump to online news

More online video industry news from across the Web:



> More than half of DDoS attacks in the first quarter were directed toward media and entertainment sites, according to Prolexic in its Global DDoS Attack Report. Article

> Katie Couric describes how and why she made the jump to streaming news. Article

> Keep calm and transmit on, broadcasters: Aereo won't be able to compete in the market even if it's allowed to continue doing business. Article

> People with connected TVs watch 12 hours of video streams per week, and 7 hours are film or TV show length, Financial Times reports. Article (sub. req.)

> Netflix has cleared regulatory hurdles in France and is set to launch by year end. Article

> Vidyo is launching a cloud-based mobile video conferencing service with telco Swisscom called Vidia, based on its VidyoWorks platform. Release

> hired two staffers for its Singapore office. Arjan Bolhius and Tom Weaving both come to the company from Catcha Digital Asia. Article

> Idaho signed a tax revision into law Thursday that clarifies the definition of SaaS and reflects "Idaho's standard that software services delivered through the Internet are no different than the services provided by tax professionals or barbers," Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter said. Release

> A fire at a Samsung SDS facility in South Korea injured one person, shut down its website and caused its Smart TV products to report error messages. Article

> Broadcasters in India are edging into the OTT space, but the market is not quite mature enough for online video growth rates on par with the U.S. and Europe. Article

> Russia's Group has launched a transactional online video service, with movies and TV shows available at prices ranging from about 8 cents to USD $8.40. Article

And finally… Trying to explain Aereo's Supreme Court battle to less invested friends or family? The Washington Post has a fairly clear summary of what's going on. Article