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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...
Star Citizen marks an important step in the history of crowdfunding, because it extends a campaign well beyond its initial objective and incorporates major crowdfunding mechanisms into the creative dynamics of the project itself. Type of production/project: Digital media (PC video game)  Funding period: Campaign underway since October 2012 Targeted backers: Anyone interested in space simulator games Pledges collected:...
“When it rains, do you want to be holding a single bucket or ten?” That was the kick-off question asked by Gary Delfiner, president, Digital Distribution, Screen Media Ventures. Delfiner was one of five panelists taking part in the “Platform Agnostic, Brand Specific” panel at the New York Film Festival on September 29, 2013. Buckets—or content platforms—and the methods used to...
If you don’t happen to closely follow developments in over-the-top (OTT) services, you may have missed the news released in mid-September that Netflix has struck a deal with Virgin Media in the UK to directly provide the Netflix app to its TiVo service subscribers. Although there is nothing new about the fact that the content and distribution industries have been...
Second-screen applications are the talk of the TV industry this season. Dozens of shows now have their own app for mobile devices or laptops, in Canada and other parts of the world as well. A number of Canadian digital content producers, such as LVL Studio, Version 10, Akufen and Mobovivo (to name just a few), have made developing these apps the focus of their business. In...
Pinterest, Tumblr and Instagram have today invaded our lives as giants Facebook and Twitter did before them. TV producers and broadcasters were right on the money when they decided to adopt these “new networks” which are more specific, more targeted and therefore sometimes more relevant. Given Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., one of the most highly awaited series of the year,...
On August 6, 2013, US-based polling firm Nielsen announced the first study of its kind providing statistical evidence that Twitter has a certain level of influence on TV ratings. The study did not win unanimous support in the community, so we met with several stakeholders in the TV industry to get their opinion on the matter in this Trendscape blog...
Last August 6, US-based polling firm Nielsen announced a first study of its kind demonstrating—with figures to prove it—that Twitter has a certain level of influence on TV audience ratings. After a minute-by-minute analysis of 221 shows, the study arrived at the conclusion that close to half of them had been mentioned on Twitter and that a high number of...
“Traditional” broadcasters had it easy. All they had to do was produce TV shows (or have someone else do it for them), fit them into a daily 18- or 24-hour grid based on certain criteria, and promote them on their own network and other mass media they weren’t in direct competition with. Today’s broadcasters still have to perform these tasks,...
After posting a video demonstration on Reddit that received an overwhelming positive response from the online community, François Alain and Germain Couët made the decision to work on Castle Story full-time. Over a year and a half later, and following a hugely successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, the company boasts a team of six people (including the two founders). Project title: Castle Story Production/project...