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The CTAM Top Ten Tech Trends are designed to serve as a roundup of the major tech trends.
Compiled by Leslie Ellis, Sr. Tech Advisor, CTAM
Nothing says “it’s a thing” more than having an in-depth tech
conversation with a 19-year-old, on a Tuesday, and a 77-year old, on a Thursday,
about how to watch TV online without paying for it. (In both cases, I wound up
taking notes to relay back to colleagues.)
Unquestionably, the marketplace for
pirated video content is escalating. According to research from Sandvine
will be referenced throughout this Top 10), 6.5% of North American households
watch pirated video content. It’s becoming a bit of a cottage industry -- CTAM,
the NCTA, the MPAA, and their constituents are currently tracking nearly 200
pirate video sources.
Video piracy is as old as pay TV. Until now, it was like a
low-grade infection, feeding on the edges of all pay TV forms: subscription,
VOD, theatrical. Now, two accelerants -- the Internet, and the inherent nature
of open source software development -- threaten to propel it into the “high
If there’s a pinpoint of hope in all of this, it’s that a giant
cross-section of the consumer mainstream is unaware that they’re stealing
content. Which means there’s room for education.
With that preface, please enjoy
this edition of CTAM’s Top 10 Tech Trends, developed and curated just for you.
1. DMCA: File sharing is dead; long live file streaming!
2. If you haven’t heard of Kodi, it’s time you two met.
3. Legitimate streaming hardware is often home to … illegitimate streaming
4. There’s a lot of’em! CTAM, the NCTA and their leadership are tracking
roughly 200 different pirated video sources.
5. The financial impact is eye opening.
6. For lots of consumers, streaming pirated content is simply… additive.
7. Pirate streams don’t just impact revenues. They waste bandwidth, too
8. It’s not all bad news -- some very public victories happened this year.
9. The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment, or ACE, is committed to the
10. Copyright holders all over the world are mounting their own defense.
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