January 16th, 2013
A new trend has been observed among those who take advantage of time-shifted viewing. Nielsen’s Cross-Platform Report says that in the third quarter of 2012, it seemed that consumers were waiting much longer to view their favorite content than in the previous quarter. As well, the report revealed that consumers were also using their access to internet service providers in your city on their mobile devices to watch shows and other content while on the go.
So how long are consumers waiting before they watch their shows? As long as seven days after an episode airs. The report echoes a long-held belief that the convenience of time-shifted viewing has changed the way in which we watch television. But how much of the actual TV are we watching? According to the report, about 34 hours a week, which has actually increased by seventy-eight minutes from Q2.
August 5th, 2011
The United States House Judiciary Committee recently approved a measure that may require ISPs to save their subscriber information in an effort to help investigators crack child pornography rings. The bill, HR 1981, found approval after a 19-10 vote. It will obligate Internet service providers to keep customers’ Internet Protocol addresses for a full year year. “It is now the custom to routinely purge these records, sometimes just days after they are created,” Representative Lamar Smith, chairman of the committee, said in a statement yesterday. Authorities investigating child pornography need ISPs to help them identify distributors and users of online child pornography. This bill will ensure that online footprints created by child predators aren’t erased. To find out more about how this will be handled in your area, you may wish to check with the Internet service providers in your city. Opponents to the bill include digital- rights groups that claim longer data-retention threatens consumer privacy, and will create too much federal power.