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Three quarters of Canadians subscribe to a high-speed Internet service that gives them access to online video content. That means that 75% of Canadians can choose among different viewing experiences including the 100 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute, the 1,000 hours of video content recently posted online by Yahoo, the content made available by Canadian over-the-top (OTT) television service...
One of the key strengths of crowdfunding as a fundraising vehicle is its ability to leverage the power of social media to build widespread support for a project. Here are seven tips on how to maximize the effective use of social media. While many crowdfunding campaigns begin with those closest to project’s creators, social media is arguably the best way to reach beyond...
As is the tradition on our Trendscape blog, we would like to present a brief review of the year that is now coming to a close. The stories below look at some of the trends that marked the last twelve months. Some highlights of 2013 include the growing sophistication of the new writing involved in transmedia projects and web...
During the night of December 12 to 13, 2013, singer Beyoncé took the music industry by surprise by using the iTunes download platform to launch an album featuring 14 songs and 17 videos without prior warning or publicity. Soberly titled BEYONCÉ, the album was simply announced (at the same time as it was launched on iTunes) via a promotional video on the artist’s Facebook page (which counts...
In October 2013, cultural media and street art lovers from all over the world had their eyes glued to a small apartment building in Paris’ 13th arrondissement which was slated for demolition. A neighbourhood gallery that specializes in street art managed to convince the arrondissement’s town hall, the building’s landlord and over one hundred artists from around the world to...
As mentioned in a recent post, second-screen applications for television shows have been all the rage in the last year or so. Certain tech companies are pushing the concept even further by allowing tablets and smartphones to listen to and identify the content presented on screen. This technology is known as automatic content recognition, or ACR. Known around the world for...
As part of the assessment of projects submitted to the experimental stream, the CMF calls upon highly renowned international experts. In the Digital Vision series, we present interviews with members of our past juries with the simple objective of letting ourselves be inspired by the talented minds that shape our industry. We extend our heartfelt thanks to all our jury members...
As part of the assessment of projects submitted to the experimental stream, the CMF calls upon highly renowned international experts. In the Digital Vision series, we present interviews with members of our past juries with the simple objective of letting ourselves be inspired by the talented minds that shape our industry. We extend our heartfelt thanks to all our jury members...
The “rise of the indies” in the gaming industry is nothing new for those who follow the business closely. And for those who don’t, they may be pleasantly surprised by the continuing growth and variety of titles emanating from this industry. INNOVATION FROM THE INDIES Typically, independent developers are either hobbyists-turned-professionals who dedicate their lives to designing great games (either individually...
The digital television revolution How do you consume television? That is one of the questions that the CRTC asks as part of a new public consultation that was launched at the end of October: Let’s Talk TV: A conversation with Canadians. Do one or the other of the following distribution modes ring a bell: OTT, IPTV, DTH, SRD, VOD, SDM, TVC, PPV,...
In October, French and European media giant Canal+ Group announced its upcoming arrival in Canada’s French-language market. Almost all of the content produced by the group (with the exception of sports content) will be available through a dedicated channel on DailyMotion. The offer will include an unlimited subscription for $7.99 per month, on-demand films starting from $2.99 as well as...
The capabilities of Real Time Rendering Technology – the ability to see virtual sets live – are very much present, affordable, and achievable in most major city centres worldwide for production. In this interview with Canadian President of Stargate Studios Canada, Kris Wood shares an in-depth discussion of the possibilities and opportunities of using this technology in live-action productions. Aside from several...
Some probing occurred a few weeks ago, when most conventional and specialty media collectively reiterated a statement made by Kelly Merryman, vice-president of content acquisition at Netflix, during the unveiling of the streaming video giant’s operations in the Netherlands. A short and clear statement, that very well summarizes Netflix’s increasingly precise positioning in an ecosystem of broadcasting rights, territories...
Since its inception, television has been perpetually evolving. Today, the difference is that television is evolving at the same rhythm as technology. As DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg pointed out in his presentation, new media will never replace older ones. New media simply add layers that improve the overall consumer experience. The indicators provided by the CRTC in its Communications Monitoring Report...
“Broadcasting distributors now deliver telephone service. Phone companies deliver television service. The Internet delivers everything and mobile devices bring it all into your hand wherever you are.” Those are the words used by Konrad von Finckenstein, former chairman of the CRTC, in a speech he gave in 2010. He could have added that the communication industries that were transformed by...