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Net neutrality: ISPs are throttling Netflix traffic

In the United States, it was found T-Mobile was running delayed throttling to Netflix, whereby the first few seconds of transfer were at a rate of 20 Mbps, before the transfer was throttled back to 1.5 Mbps. – Julian Clover, Broadband TV News » https://ift.tt/2ZdER8b
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Free trials influence over half of OTT video service subscriptions

Parks noted that the recent decline in traditional pay-TV and growing popularity of OTT services have fostered the widespread belief that OTT subscribers are driven by simple economics. Even though it acknowledged that pricing certainly plays a role in decision making, other key reasons including content availability, ability to work with connected entertainment devices, and service features also significantly influence these consumers. – Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News » https://ift.tt/2NajBhf

The FTC looks to change children’s privacy law following complaints about YouTube

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is considering an update to the laws governing children’s privacy online, known as the COPPA Rule (or, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act). The Rule first went into effect in 2000 and was amended in 2013 to address changes in how children use mobile devices and social networking sites. Now, the FTC believes it may be due for more revisions. The organization is seeking input and comments on possible updates, some of which are specifically focused on how to address sites that aren’t necessarily aimed at children, but have large numbers of child users. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch » https://tcrn.ch/2XY4TMb

Netflix suffers first major loss of US subscribers, blames price hikes

The company lost approximately 130,000 subscribers in the United States in Q2, and only gained 2.7 million global subscribers, after projecting it would add 5 million. CEO Reed Hastings blamed the stagnancy on the company’s price hikes, and a lack of original content to bring in new subscribers. The company instituted higher pricing plans in January, one of its biggest increases to date. Plan changes went into effect for both new and returning subscribers. As such, paid memberships in the United States were “essentially flat.” – Julia Alexander, The Verge » https://ift.tt/2XNYPKH
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