Media and Technology Stats and Studies – June 3, 2013

The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council and BIA/Kelsey have released their report on how they believe relaxing the newspaper-broadcast cross ownership rules would affect minority and female broadcast owners. According to a statement released by BIA/Kelsey, “The results of this study, while not dispositive, do provide evidence that the impact of cross-media ownership on minority and women broadcast ownership is probably negligible.” The report’s findings are based on results from 14 respondents, a sample size critics suggest is too small.

Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots delivered Harpo and Discovery Communications’ OWN network its largest audience ever with 1.77 million viewers watching the drama’s Tuesday premiere. On Wednesday, OWN also debuted Perry’s new comedy Love Thy Neighbor, which yielded 1.65 million viewers between 9 and 9:30PM and 1.8 million viewers between 9:30 and 10PM.

Google, with $37.9 billion in revenues, now ranks number one among ZenithOptimedia’s Top 30 Global Media Owners. News Corporation, Walt Disney, Comcast, and CBS also ranked.

The Intelligence Group’s Cassandra Report found that kids aged 7-13 use devices to mimic adult behavior. Sixty-seven percent of survey respondents reported that they preferred receiving a tablet as a gift rather than a toy. More than half – 56% – wanted an iPad compared to 43% who wanted a Nintendo Wii U. Survey respondents were also split in their preference for TV (51%) versus the Internet (49%). Further, 72% watch TV programming at the scheduled time, rather than relying on DVRs, subscription services, and on-demand outlets.

A JAMA Pediatrics study found that between 1996 and 2009, cigarette product placements in movies declined exponentially (by 7% each year) after “externally enforced constraints were implemented”, while product placements for alcoholic beverages, which are subject only to industry self-regulation, remained statistically unchanged.

A Clear Channel survey of 1,008 Americans showed Americans are more willing to give up TVs, smartphones, and tablets than they are to give up their PCs.

A confidential report prepared by the Defense Science Board to senior Pentagon officials shows U.S. weapons designs have been compromised because of weaknesses in the nation’s cyber defenses. China is seen by experts to have orchestrated the intrusions as part of a larger cyber-espionage campaign to bolster its own military capabilities.

Bell Labs researchers have discovered a way to pair signals and minimize the signal-to-noise ratio within fiber cables, thereby increasing data transmission speeds to 400 Gbps over 7,900 miles.

Market research firm IDC projects global shipments of tablets will surpass that of PCs by 2015. By 2015, tablet shipments will reach an estimated 332.4 million, according to the report. IDC also projects PCs shipments will decline by 7.8 percent this year, which would be the largest decrease on record.

Roku, the streaming video device manufacturer, has raised $60 Million from Hearst, News Corporation and other investors.

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