Even if mom and dad have shiny new TV sets, they don't know how to use them. A report from ABI research says 20 percent of U.S. households have smart TVs, but most never connect them. ReelSEO's take: "That can probably be likened to the old flashing 12:00 on the VCR. Its not all that important and is a bit difficult for some consumers, so they just let it blink."
Sen. Al Franken wrote the FCC and Department of Justice to give them a piece of his mind. His gripes: the agencies' delay responding to complaints about Comcast, the provider's "questionable compliance record" and its anti-competitive tactics (making note of Sony's decision to reconsider launching a streaming competitor). Read the letter in full over at GigaOM.
YouTube users upload 60 hours of video every minute. In fact, in one month, YouTube adds more content than the three major U.S. TV networks in 60 years.
Brace yourself: a JPMorgan analyst says the long-awaited Apple TV won't make an appearance until 2014. There, there, everything's going to be OK.
Video and photo make up the fastest growing mobile app category, according to mobile analytics company Flurry. Time spent on these apps increased 166 percent since July.
Looks like the hot-shot Kindle Fire is cooling down. Usage of Amazon's tablet has dropped to 22 percent from 33 percent in January. Meanwhile, iPad traffic has returned to the pre-Fire levels at 65 percent.
Even if we're seeing a slowdown in pay TV subscriptions, DirecTV said it added 593,000 subscribers in Latin America in the first quarter. Netflix is also targeting the region, adding "Glee," "How I Met Your Mother" and other Fox content in Portugese and Spanish.
Dish's Q1 earnings: down 34 percent year over year. This can largely be attributed to its acquisition of video-rental chain Blockbuster. The company also introduced a new feature called Auto Hop that allows viewers to watch recorded shows without commercials.
You'll hear the phrase "content is king" at every TV and online video conference — heck, we throw it around at VideoMind on a regular basis — but Ben Elowitz, CEO of Wetpaint, disagrees in a guest post for AllThingsD: "No; because content is no longer enough. Content has always been a means to an end. And the end has always been audience."
Remember Sean Parker from Napster and "The Social Network"? His new TV startup AirTime is readying for a June launch.
YouTube's Next program, designed to help independent producers by supplying them with tools and resources, announced it accepted 16 vloggers. The group has already totaled more than 125 million views and will receive mentorship, cash and promotion from YouTube.
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