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The Disney /Fox Merger

Top Democrats are concerned about the merger, which could potentially violate antitrust laws. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary antitrust committee,  is concerned about the impact of this transaction on American consumers, and also commented that this merger was “another industry-changing merger, which would have major implications in television, film, and media.”

Klobucher has reportedly asked Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who chair the antitrust subcommittee and the Judiciary Committee, respectively, to schedule a hearing on the matter.

Representative David Cicilline (D-R.I.) called for his committee, the House Judiciary’s antitrust subcommittee, to take a closer look at the deal as well. “Disney’s proposed purchase of 21st Century Fox threatens to put control of TV, movie, and news content into the hands of a single media giant,” he said.

“If it’s approved,” he continued, “this merger could allow Disney to limit what consumers can watch and increase their cable bills. Disney will gain more than 300 channels, 22 regional sports networks, control over Hulu, and a significant portion of Roku.”


Stop Pirate & Others From Hijacking Your CPU To Mine Cryptocoins


The good news is that it’s pretty easy to block the network that The Pirate Bay is using. The bad news is that you’ll need to know the specific URL for other networks.

Coin Hive is attempting to make a reliable mining service that’s simple for webmasters to set up. There are a few ways to block it. The fastest method is to just install No Coin in Chrome. The plug-in was recently put together by a programmer named Rafael Keramidas and for the moment, it only blocks Coin Hive.

But you may not even need a new plug-in because ad blocking software can do it, too. For AdBlock, you can find instructions for your specific browser and system here. Using Chrome as an example, you’d go to your list of extensions > find AdBlock and click options > click the customize tab at the top > click block an ad by its URL > in the text field that appears enter:

Disney Breaks Up With netflix


Disney will be launching a new, stand-alone ESPN streaming service in 2018. This is wonderful news to those who have left cable behind but still yearn to watch sports. It is also big for ESPN, which has had a rough couple of years. The sports media empire lost 12 million subscribers since its peak in 2011, and the company fired a number of high-profile employees in 2017, including NBA reporters Marc Stein and Chad Ford. Former ESPN writer Bill Simmons claimed that the company was too slow to recognize the importance of digital infrastructure. 

The new ESPN service will offer “approximately 10,000 live regional, national, and international games and events a year, including Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, Major League Soccer, Grand Slam tennis, and college sports. Individual sport packages will also be available for purchase, including MLB.TVNHL.TV and MLS Live.”

Facebook TV Coming Mid-June

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Facebook is planning to launch around two dozen original “TV-like” programs in mid-June. It appears that Facebook is looking to follow Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix. More competition folks.

They are saying that the social network has been looking for shows in two distinct tiers: a marquee tier for a few longer, big-budget shows that would feel at home on TV, and a lower tier for shorter, less expensive shows of about five to 10 minutes that would refresh every 24 hours.


The new video initiative means Facebook would play a much more hands-on role in controlling the content that appears on its social network with nearly 2 billion members — and it comes as companies like Amazon, YouTube, and Snap are locked in an arms race to secure premium video programming.

Gotta Smart TV? Well It Could Be Hacked


Security consultant Rafael Scheel of Oneconsult AG  demonstrated the attack by using a cheap transmitter to embed malicious commands into a rogue TV signal. When that signal is broadcast to devices in the vicinity, it can gain access to the televisions. What can cause the attack is the exploitation of two documented security flaws in the Web browsers that run in the background of the TV models used in the test, both manufactured by Samsung. This can work on other TV sets as well. Once a hacker has control over theSmart TV, the TV could be used to attack further devices in the home network or to spy on the user with the TV’s camera and microphone

Vizio TV Manufacturer Agreed To Pay $2.2 million


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The California-based TV manufacturer agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle the charges and  disclose when and how it collects user information. Since February 2014, software installed on the televisions allowed Vizio to continuously collect customer’s viewing history through software called “ACR,” or automated content recognition. This software captures a selection of pixels displayed on Vizio smart TV screens and sends that data to the company’s servers, where those pixels are compared to a database of different TV shows, movies, and commercials. ACR can also collect information like your Wi-Fi signal strength, nearby Wi-Fi access points, and IP addresses.

The complaint alleges that over 100 billion data points per day (information like what content you’re watching and how long you’re watching it) from more than 10 million Vizio televisions have been collected, and the company planned to store this data on their servers indefinitely. A stipulated federal court order requires that Vizio delete all data collected before March 1, 2016. An anonymized version of the data omitting customers’ name or contact information was sold to third parties for advertising and audience measurement purposes.

 FTC’s complaint said Vizio did not make it clear to customers that they intended to collect their TV viewing history, and the collection was turned on by default, which did not give customers a chance to opt out. A key part of the complaint is that Vizio promised customers recommendations based on the data collected, but never provided them to owners of older Vizio TVs

If you own a Vizio TV, you can disable data collection by going to your TV’s Menu > Settings > Smart Interactivity, or any option with Automated Content Recognition, and turning it off.

More Streaming Services for Less Bucks


SelectTV: Rather than a streaming service, SelectTV is a streaming aggregator. You can find movies and TV shows from all over the Internet

SeeSo: SeeSo is a comedy lover’s dream

Daily Burn: Daily Burn is a unique offering in the streaming world. Focusing on physical fitness, Daily Burn offers you the chance to stream thousands of workout videos.

Shudder TV: If you’re a horror fan, Shudder TV is a must-have. Like SeeSo is for comedy, Shudder has all you need if you’re a horror lover



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