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World Cup With a World Problem: Illegal Streaming

The 2014 World Cup started in the middle of June and ended on July 13th. This was to be a memorable World Cup not only for the play on the pitch but for the illegal streaming as well. It is estimated that 500,000 people watched the Russia vs. Belgium game illegally.

While this number was high, the more important games had even more viewers. Even though there were legal live streams viewers still watched illegally. According to a poll by The Washington Post, one in five watchers went on “some shady Web site.”

Stop the Fight 
 About halfway through the tournament on June 27th, Viaaccess-Orca sent out 2,000 take down notices to illegal live streaming sites. ‘The success rate varies per content platform but overall we manage to get 35 percent of the streaming links disabled before the game ends.

I think this is a great success rate, especially compared to direct download sites,’ David Leporini, Viaccess-Orca Executive Vice President of Marketing, Products and Security said when speaking with TorrentFreak.

Gone Phishing
 Many of these streaming sites can force a user to download Adware disguised as plugins that drain a computer for its processing abilities. While Adware is not technically illegal, it borders on being a virus and runs stealthily on a computer and can cause many problems.

Cybercriminals have also targeted fans with phishing attacks offering free tickets to games. Viaaccess-Orca can measure a section of the viewers through P2P streams and can even see what region of the globe people are watching in. The rest of the audience is viewing through a centralized streaming service, which they cannot track as closely.

Social Implications

Protecting streaming content is also seen on social media sites such as Facebook. If a site was posted to Facebook, it had a 50% chance of being shut down  by Viaaccess-Orca before the game was over. The reason for this is that a shut-down notice needs to process before the game is over to take affect, and when several people post it to Facebook it makes it easier to identify the source.
Internet Safety is a big issue and it is recommended to use the legal safe sites to watch the World Cup as well as other sporting events online. Will this World Cup be remembered for the illegal streaming problem?

Is it likely these sites keep running or will Viaaccess-Orca figure out a way to stop them? What effect does this have on legal mediums such as television and radio? What affect will this have on advertisers for future World Cups if they know their ads are not being watched?

About the Author:

 Ryan Polachi is a contributing writer concentrating his focus on Marketing, Finance and Innovation. He can be reached at rpolachi@IIRUSA.com.

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 via CrunchBase

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FTC looks to regulate bloggers

The Washington Post looked at the reporting practices of bloggers over the weekend. The new guidelines proposed, which could be approved this summer, would require bloggers to disclose when they are compensated for writing reviews on their blogs. If the guidelines are accepted, the FTC could then patrol the Internet for false claims or failure to disclose conflicts of interest. The FTC would then be allowed to patrol what goes on online, as many readers of blogs are unaware of the compensation that could go on behind the scenes online. The article went on to say that bloggers are not held to the same standards as journalists, but they have come to represent the same thing. Journalists are not technically allowed to receive products and review them, and that is considered an ethical practice in that community. Read the full article here.

If you are a blogger, how do you feel about this? Should bloggers have to disclose if they are compensated?

Dell begins to charge for American customer service

In a recent article in the Washington Post, the reveal that Dell is instituting a new customer service policy. For customers who buy a new PC, they have the option of paying $12.95 a month or $99 a year to receive a North American customer service representative as well as less than a two minute wait time. However, if customers choose not to pay this fee, they’ll receive customer service representatives from India or the Philippines.

What do you think about this? Don Reisinger shared his opinion here. Should consumers have to pay for customer service? Or is Dell defining the line between technical support and customer service?

Call Centers and Pop Culture

Washington Post recently discussed the lighthearted side of call centers. India is known for their call centers, which are outsourced from the U.S. and is estimated to be an approximately $64 billion dollar Industry. In a new movie from Bollywood titled “Hello”, the makers of the film define in pop culture terms what it means to be one of the 2 million call center workers in a comedic light. As this editor from India Today eloquently stated:

“It was bound to happen. The glitz of globalization provides its own cultural cliches. The call center is the most widely shared temptation among the chroniclers of new India. For the metaphor hunters of Indian popular culture and fiction, the call center has replaced the old snake charmer.”