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The FCC Is Ignoring The People Who Need Them The Most

In the report, the researchers note that about half of that 13% was labeled as being served by at least one locally-sourced ISP, which the researchers took at face value—though again, that’s if you’re accepting the FCC’s own estimates. Even with the 13% sliced in half, the researchers noted that there are more than 21 million Americans in that chunk of data alone, on top of the figures the FCC’s already put forward. – Shoshana Wodinsky, Gizmodo » https://ift.tt/2Sr9o0O [photo: Orin Zebest/Flickr]

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Streaming Piracy Remains Constant in Sweden, Despite Boost in Legal Consumption

With more options to stream content legally presenting themselves online, it was hoped that use of unlicensed ‘pirate’ sites would decrease. But in Sweden, where more and more people are indeed subscribing to services like Netflix, the volumes of people visiting pirate sites remains constant at around 20% of the population. – Andy, TorrentFreak » https://ift.tt/2lLe4C1

VR continues to struggle in video entertainment

The report also found that content quality remains a challenge for VR headset owners, with 55% of VR headset owners feeling that content for their device has remained the same since they bought their headsets; 3% believe it has gotten worse. The report noted the main barriers for VR content development are costs, the demand for interactivity and limits on content length. – Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News » http://bit.ly/2IquQ3I

As Apple Moves Into Streaming, Netflix Kills Support for AirPlay

As Cult of Mac noted, Netflix streaming via AirPlay—namely, using the feature to stream video from the iOS app to an Apple TV—has been supported since 2013, and there doesn’t appear to have been any major revisions to AirPlay that would in and of themselves break Netflix compatibility. Thus there is some suspicion that Netflix is retaliating against Apple, which is launching a streaming service that includes deals with many major competitors, not including Netflix. Cult of Mac noted that iPhone and iPad users can still use workarounds, including sending video to a Chromecast or TV supporting Netflix 2nd Screen, or just connecting their devices directly to a screen with an HDMI cable via an adapter. – Tom McKay, Gizmodo » http://bit.ly/2uQDKi0

Pornhub Adds Closed Captions For the Hearing Impaired and Stenographer Fetishists

Much of the captioning process will be straightforward, capturing the dialogue of the assuredly riveting plot unfolding on screen. (That plumber sure is ripped and making a lot of sexual innuendos, I wonder where this is going!) Pornhub said it will also aim to capture emotional changes and non-vocal audio in order to immerse the hearing impaired in the events of the video, or for folks who get off on seeing text scroll across the screen. We’re not here to fetish shame. – Aj Dellinger, Gizmodo https://ift.tt/2N4Bz2f

Why Hulu Is Being Sued By Customers

The lawsuit, which was filed by the American Council of the Blind, Bay State Council of the Blind, and a blind Massachusetts couple, asks the courts to recognize Hulu’s failure to add the service a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The group also states that the lawsuit comes following repeated requests asking Hulu to add the service, which obviously it has not fulfilled. Descriptive audio tracks, which describe visual cues or moments of silence on screen, greatly help a visually impaired audience enjoy the same type of media most people do and are commonplace amongst most major movie companies and television shows. – Mick Joest, CinemaBlend http://ift.tt/2ia44x3
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