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YouTube and Vimeo, launched in 2005 and 2004 respectively, started as ways for the general public to share videos. Today both services host thousands of hours of professional content as well. A number of significant new video platforms have also emerged thanks to the evolution of social networks, the availability of mobile devices for people to record spontaneous moments and...
On September 19, Vimeo launched a major first with an announcement that the web distribution platform would start helping its members make money with Tip Jar and Pay-to-View, two new marketing tools available to video creators and co-producers. This change could make a big difference to many Vimeo contributors, as well as to the platform itself, which remains firmly committed...
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) first looked at “video on demand” (VOD) when YouTube was still eight years in the future. That was 1997 and the closest things to smartphones were PDAs (personal digital assistants) like the Palm Pilot and Newton, Apple’s tablet precursor. The first Blackberry did not appear for another few years (and it was a pager!). As a CRTC announcement said...
When YouTube started rolling out its channel strategy and announced an initial $100 million investment to create original content for its platform last year, producer-partners were offered a production advance and an enhanced revenue sharing opportunity. After focusing on powerhouse Machinima, it’s time to put the spotlight on three other producers who have also figured out how to attract outside...
After Machinima, Maker Studios and other home-grown video web content producers, it was the turn of two other leading web brands – BalconyTv and AwesomenessTV – to lock in their first instalment of private funding a few days ago. Venture capital firms like Greycroft Partners, MK Capital, New World Ventures and Polaris Venture Partners are banking on these web-based producer brands, broadcasting content on YouTube channels, their own platforms and social media outlets, quickly becoming...
Maybe you’ve never heard of SkimLinks, but you’ve almost certainly seen their work. The London-based company’s content monetization tool turns keywords into affiliate links. A user who clicks on one is redirected to a merchant or a product website. Unlike services such as AdWords, SkimLinks does not “advertise” the link, says CEO and founder Alicia Navarro, meaning it could be viewed as “opt-in” advertising. Simple...
Soon after content creation initiatives by Netflix and Hulu, Amazon said in May 2012 that it too would produce and distribute original creations, in this case targeted exclusively for its Premium members. Unlike its competitors, though, it will select content by inviting scriptwriters (professional and amateur) to submit projects for comedy series and children’s content via a website. With the site expressly...
The Huffington Post is known for its socially-oriented news sites. Now, though, it is set to produce and broadcast video. HuffPost Live programming, announced in February 2012, has debuted on August 13. Features by journalists, bloggers and members of the written platform will be accompanied by live discussions and news-of-the-day commentary. Arianna Huffington says HuffPost Live (Monday to Friday...
Hulu announced in July 2012 its first sale of original content to a television network. The American company, known primarily for its television “catch-up viewing” service, has been pouring more resources into original programs. The initiative has already borne fruit. Broadcast rights for the movie review show Spoilers with Kevin Smith were acquired by Bell Media’s specialty station Space – even...
What you should know about Google as a cable operator, Hulu’s move to original programming, the Huffington Post’s web streaming, and Amazon as a content creator Debates about television’s future often highlight two very polarized views: The “death of television” versus numbers that show that  number of hours spent in front of the TV are still dominating although TV transmission modes are shifting to...
(Read introduction: Coming up next, review of the 2012 media trends.) Unquestionably, over-the-top (OTT) services grabbed the attention of the Canadian broadcast industry in 2011.  The CRTC led (and continues to monitor the trend) a series of  consultations with the industry to examine the potential impact the arrival of players such as Netflix will have on Canadian content production. With OTT services not subject...
(Read introduction: Coming up next, review of the 2012 media trends.) The extraordinary success of the iPad has generated unexpected spinoffs for the market; not since the onset of the “tablet revolution” had one of the devices truly captured the public’s interest. Still, as of the second quarter of 2011, the use of tablets seemed confined to the affluent, with 45.9% of users...
(Read introduction: Coming up next, review of the 2012 media trends.) During the last quarter of 2011, competition in the new (and highly lucrative) mobile payment market intensified in North America, with Google launching its Google Wallet service in the U.S. in September, and VISA, Master Card and PayPal following close behind with a range of mobile transaction services. A recent study by...
(Read introduction: Coming up next, review of the 2012 media trends.) The avalanche of data available to companies who operate in the digital sector and the performance measurement of their projects will be a major issue in 2012.  All of the experts, whether their specialty is interactivity, mobility, social media, or online video, agree on one fundamental point: it is no...
(Read introduction: Coming up next, review of the 2012 media trends.) This Beatles favorite makes for the perfect title of the final chapter in our series 2011 Review >> 2012 Trends. The best summary of the current effervescence in the digital media sector (and the best stimulus for a discussion that goes beyond mere year-end predictions) can be found in a recent article by Erick...

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