The disaggregation of linear TV is accelerating???

From Business Insider???s The Future of Digital

I was just talking yesterday about two French ISPs having given up on building their own linear content packages. One might argue that they did this in part because they see linear TV on a downward slope. The news last night about the Disney / Netflix deal will probably comfort them in that line of reasoning???

Earlier this year it looked like Netflix was facing an increasingly uphill battle to maintain its rich content at such a low price to consumers, and some of the large majors seemed to be poised to bet on cable as opposed to Netflix. But last night Disney and Netflix announced a multi-year agreement for Netflix to distribute Disney movies in the earliest Pay TV slot on their US platform. Of course, we have no idea what the financial aspects of the deal are, and whether in the long term such deals will drive Netflix???s costs (and therefore their prices) up. Still, it certainly puts a halt to rumours that Netflix would not be able to negociate access to such contents.

And as the slide above shows, 16% of US TV sets were used at prime time for non-linear video viewing 4 years ago, it???s now 33%. Maybe Disney sees the writing on the wall as well.

Linear TV is not the future of the Internet.

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Another incumbency for disruption.

An Explanation For Why UMG May Be Right That It Can Pull Down MegaUpload’s Video [Updated] | Techdirt

There are a few different ways that content can be taken down off of YouTube concerning copyright claims. One is via ContentID, the automated system that matches fingerprints. One is via a DMCA takedown notice. And one is via YouTube’s Content Management System. This last one doesn’t get much attention and isn’t that well known, but it’s basically halfway in between the other two (loosely speaking), granting partners the ability to spot and block videos that aren’t matched by ContentID, but without sending a DMCA takedown. If you’re familiar with the details of the system (which it appears MegaUpload and its lawyers were not), it was actually easy to tell this was a CMS block by the message that appeared on the blocked video. It said “This video contains content from UMG, who has blocked it on copyright grounds.” That’s the message that shows up on CMS blocks. DMCA takedowns say that the video is “no longer available.”

So, on that point, UMG may very well be correct in its filing, that it’s not subject to DMCA sanctions because it didn’t actually file a DMCA notice

Private contract, access has always been that under copyright.