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When you’re the world’s largest subscription video on demand service, it may be tempting to just get comfortable on the couch and count the cash coming in each month. But not Netflix. The competitive landscape for streaming and video-on-demand players is a global race, and there are cultural, economic and infrastructure barriers that need to be taken into consideration. It’s...
In the second portrait of our series focusing on Canadian creatives in the virtual reality landscape, we met with Canada's first VR arcade Ctrl V. With its 15 virtual reality gaming hubs located across Canada and in the US, Ctrl V is committed to assisting the audience in their VR journey, whether they are experienced gamers or about to discover...
One of the many functions available through the blockchain—in addition to creating peer-to-peer virtual currencies (cryptocurrencies) or protecting information (information security)—is now the possibility of creating unique “digital objects”. In short, the objective is to reproduce in the digital environment a property that is traditionally attributable to physical objects, i.e., “rarity”. You have undoubtedly heard about the blockchain, a technology...
An American study on the diffusion of responsibility phenomenon claims that the homestretch is a period that is as crucial, if not more, given it increases the sense of responsibility among backers. Two Canadian film directors share their respective experiences that present surprisingly similar characteristics. Among the most unpredictable aspects of crowdfunding, how the backer behaves remains a top preoccupation...
In this first portrait of a series of three articles in which we will present creative Canadian companies, we explore the possibilities of immersive storytelling with Felix & Paul Studios, an organization founded five years ago by Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël, two Montrealers with previous experience in commerce, music videos and documentary. The Origins: From 3D Cinema to Virtual...
Cannes NEXT, the technological innovation pavilion at the heart of Cannes’ Film Market, sought to accompany the emergence of crypto financial initiatives by inaugurating a Blockchain Corner that gathered some half dozen European and Asian exhibitors and showcased a series of conferences dedicated to the education, the apologia and already also the criticism of this trend, generating as much enthusiasm...
The Internet Trends Report is the industry bible, eagerly awaited each year by hordes of investors, researchers, and technology journalists who depend on it for everything you need to know for successfully investing in new technologies, from mobile to online shopping, including the competition between today’s online giants. Overview of the main takeaways of this presentation. The report’s reputation presenting data mostly...
A rich and thoughtful transmedia project that makes the most of a wide range of online support (investigative reports, petitions, animated documentaries, public space events, and more), Zero Impunity deals with a difficult, deliberately obscure subject in today’s world: sexual crimes in times of war. An interview with Nicolas Blies, Stéphane Hueber-Blies, and Marion Guth, founders of the a_BAHN...
In 2017, high expectations for consumer adoption have given way to the realization that VR is still in its exploration phase. Pulse on VR presents an overview of the state of virtual reality in Canada in the first quarter of 2018. For the VR industry, 2017 ended with mixed feelings, and the virtual reality (VR) industry is increasingly questioned by creators and storytellers. VR...
What should you know before posting a film or video online? This question was brought before a panel of experts at Hot Docs Festival 2018. All of the experts agreed that producers and creators should be aware of their digital rights which will, in turn, help them promote and monetize their work. There’s no doubt about it. We live in extraordinary...
This article is presented as part of an editorial partnership between CMF Trends, the Canada Media Fund's (CMF) strategic monitoring platform, and Méta-Media. © All rights reserved. If there is one buzzword that appeared in the audio market in the past years, it’s podcast which—despite the barriers to entry and niche subjects imposed by the format—is increasingly positioned as the...
My first web series titled doXa (6x16) was launched on May 10, 2018. From writing to distribution and all the way through the shooting and editing stages, here is a condensed account that summarizes the creation of this production that has been viewed close to 500,000 times in the space of less than two months. The script: a strong...
Canadians can now subscribe to 25 online television services, from Netflix to Sportsnet Now and everything in between. Brahm Eiley, president of The Convergence Research Group, explains the potential consequences of this multiplication of services on Canada’s TV production industry. Within the next two years, there will be more Canadian households subscribed to OTT (over the top) services such as...
What are the best options for producers when it comes to selling and distributing a film or TV series? A consortium of documentary buyers takes on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and other streaming giants by offering rights and ownership retention among other things. Where there were once cords, there are now streaming dongles, boxes and sticks. Most of us know...
From smart contracts to real-time tracking of credits, Canada is emerging as a major player in blockchain development. In a recent segment of This Week Tonight, comedian John Oliver described the blockchain, and its most popular application, the bitcoin, as “everything you don’t understand about money combined with everything you don’t understand about computers.” And Oliver is probably right. Despite...

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