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Ad-based music streaming far from dead, research shows

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Revenue generated from ad-based music streaming is expected to hit $782 million worldwide this year, and jump to more than $1 billion in 2016, the research firm said Tuesday. Still, these services — sometimes called “freemium” because they are free to use but make money on advertising — could ultimately boost the number of users who eventually opt for subscription-based services. – Don Reisinger, CNET

Obama unveils ConnectHome to get low-income households online

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Dubbed ConnectHome, the new initiative will bring high-speed broadband access to over 275,000 low-income households across the US. According to the White House, the pilot program will launch in 27 cities across the US, including New York, Boston, and Seattle, as well as the Choctaw Tribal Nation. The initial launch will connect nearly 200,000 children to the Web, according to the White House. – Don Reisinger, CNET

FCC says blocking wireless hotspots is illegal

Any company that attempts to block a Wi-Fi hotspot willfully or with malicious intent will face the possibility of being leveled with “substantial monetary penalties,” the Federal Communications Commission said in a statement on Tuesday. The government agency specifically mentioned hotels and convention centers, which it says, have been engaging in the blockade of personal Wi-Fi hotspots. – Don Reisinger, CNET¬†¬†
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More households buying streaming media players; Roku still tops

During the first three quarters of 2014, 10 percent of US households with a broadband connection bought at least one streaming-media player, market researcher Parks Associates Research said Tuesday. The players include set-top boxes and sticks, which plug into HDMI ports, that access scores of channels and services, such as Netflix, Hulu Plus or Amazon Instant Video. Roku’s lineup of set-top boxes and streaming sticks was still the most popular so far this year despite a strong dip, securing 29 percent of sales in the first nine months. Google’s Chromecast stick leaped onto the scene, snagging the No. 2 spot with 20 percent share and stealing Apple TV’s previous slot. The Apple TV box fell to third place with 17 percent share. Amazon’s Fire TV box and stick, also new on the scene, came in fourth place with 10 percent share. […] Roku, which has been the dominant force since 2012, saw its market share slip from 46 percent last year to 29 percent in the first nine months of 2014. Apple TV also slipped from 26 percent last year to 17 percent so far this year. They both lost share as Google’s Chromecast and Amazon’s Fire TV have come on strong. – Don Reisinger,CNET
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Xiaomi to invest $1B in Internet TV content

Xiaomi plans to invest $1 billion in Internet TV content, the company said Tuesday in a blog post on Chinese social media site weibo.com. Reuters earlier reported on Xiaomi’s plans. Chen Tong, a former executive at China-based Internet company Sina, and Chuan Wang, Xiaomi’s director for Internet TV related products, will lead the content push, according to the blog post. – Don Reisinger,CNET
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Amazon’s streaming video chief to leave company this year

Bill Carr this week revealed to workmates that he will be relinquishing his post as vice president in charge of Amazon’s streaming services, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. […] A longtime Amazon employee, Carr started with the company in 1999 in its video unit. He moved into his new role a few years ago as the tides turned and DVDs and Blu-ray became a secondary medium for many video watchers. He was also given control over Amazon’s music services, which included the launch earlier this year of its Prime music-streaming service. – Don Reisinger,CNET
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