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50% of Video Views Will Be Via Mobile in 2016 [Research]

50% of Video Views Will Be Via Mobile in 2016 [Research]
// ReelSEO Online Video News

27% of consumers are already watching online video via their mobile device, but that figure is set to double in 2016, when around 50% of us will regularly turn to our smartphones and tablets to watch the clips we want to. And, according to new research, the bigger the mobile screen the better when it comes to long-form video viewing.
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This Brilliantly Designed Alarm Clock Wakes You By Brewing a Cup of Coffee

Not much to say... I want this ! 😉
This Brilliantly Designed Alarm Clock Wakes You By Brewing a Cup of Coffee
// Adweek.com - Top News

Tired of being awoken by talk radio or the dulcet default chimes of your smartphone? Maybe you'd like a nice cup of Ethiopia Yirgacheffe instead?

The Barisieur is here to help. Or at least it will be when British designer Joshua Renouf gets it to market at an estimated price of £250 (which is $405 on our side of the pond).

The device "eases the user into the day with the subtle movement of stainless steel ball bearings that boil the water through induction heating." Fancy!

It's clearly a beautiful piece of functional decor, with a removable Corian tray, drawers for grounds and sugars, and even a cooled compartment for cream. Alas, my cat will likely have all of this on the floor by 2 a.m. on Day 1.

Via Design Milk.

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Netflix Won’t Own Binge-Viewing for Much Longer

Netflix Won’t Own Binge-Viewing for Much Longer
// ReelSEO Online Video News

Netflix Won’t Own Binge-Viewing for Much LongerThese days, being the first place to binge-view a season of a popular series is nearly as important as being the first place to watch an episode. Netflix wants to own binge-viewing, but networks are starting to exert their authority to ensure that doesn’t happen.
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UK ISPs to alert customers suspected of unlawfully downloading copyrighted material

UK ISPs to alert customers suspected of unlawfully downloading copyrighted material
// paidContent:UK

Major British internet service providers will start sending out alerts to subscribers they believe to be unlawfully downloading copyrighted material. Not that there will be any consequences beyond that.

The letter-writing campaign comes as part of a broader “consumer awareness” drive about legitimate online content services, run by Creative Content U.K., a partnership between ISPs and rights-holder groups. It will begin sometime after the spring of 2015, when the coalition will launch a “a major multi-media education awareness campaign, led by content creators and part-funded by government, that aims to create wider appreciation of the value and benefits of entertainment content and copyright.”

The ISPs will send out alerts to suspected infringers – up to 4 a year — telling them that “unlawful filesharing may have taken place on their connect and offering advice on where to find legitimate sources of entertainment content.” That’s it though. This campaign won’t lead to people getting their connections suspended.

Four years ago, it did very much look like people in the U.K. would be cut off for so-called piracy. The Digital Economy Act 2010, fast-tracked through the parliamentary process at the end of the last government, did give the government the ability to bring in such “technical measures”. However, arguably due to the rushed nature of the legislation, its implementation has seen numerous delays due to (unsuccessful) legal challenges and arguments over costs.

In the meanwhile, France provided an excellent case study for what happens when you do move on to cutting people off from the internet – a three-strikes-and-you’re-out provision in its Hadopi copyright law, also introduced in 2010, was scrapped in 2013 because the penalty was disproportionate and the whole system overly expensive.

It seems the British government and rights-holder industry are currently content with going after copyright-infringement-friendly sites and platforms instead, targeting their funding by working with advertisers and payment processors, and blocking access to them at the ISP level. In France, the authorities have gone a step further by ordering search engines to pretend that these sites don’t exist.

Of course, the digital media delivery scene looks very different these days to the way it was back in 2010, what with services such as Spotify and Amazon Instant Video allowing people to listen to or view almost everything they like for free (for music at least) or at low cost.

It’s doubtful that people who unlawfully download copyrighted material are unaware of these services — and there’s a lot of relatively obscure content that remains impossible to find legally — but they are easier to use and less risky, and there’s nothing wrong with reminding people that they’re out there.

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