Archive | August 2014

Vimeo Adds Indie Content To On Demand Platform

vimeo_logo_white_on_blueVimeo, Youtube’s sophisticated cousin, is looking to become the place to be for indie filmmakers and has added distribution deals with BFS Entertainment & Multimedia Ltd., Drafthouse Films (the indie film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse & Cinema), lifestyle-focused producer Gaiam, Gravitas Ventures, Inception Media Group, MarVista Digital Entertainment and X-Treme Video. Earlier this year, Vimeo set up a $10M fund for filmmakers who would have to make their funded work available for 30 days exclusively on Vimeo.

Read more at Fierce Online Video.

Rogers And Shaw Team Up To Launch A Netflix Competitor For Canada Called ‘Shomi’

Canada’s answer to Netflix, eh?


Canadian cable giants aren’t just going to watch their audience slip away to streaming services – two of the nation’s biggest providers have joined forces to launch shomi, a new subscription-based service that provides access to shows on-demand, with apps for tablets, phones, web, Xbox 360 and set-top boxes at launch. The shomi service will be available only to Rogers and Shaw Internet or TV subscribers n its beta form, and it’ll be available beginning in November with an $8.99 per month price tag (the same, you’ll note, as Netflix.)

The joint venture by the cable industry leaders will offer over 11,000 hours of programming, per a release announcing the news, and that comes from “past seasons” of popular TV programs, including exclusive streaming rights to some of the most popular titles, like Modern Family, Shameless, 24: Live Another Day, American Horror Story and Sons of Anarchy. They’re also…

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Amazon schnappt sich Twitch

Twitch-Logo-720Monatelang ging man davon aus, dass Google sich Twitch kaufen würde, das erfolgreiche Netzwerk für Gaming-Videos auf Youtube. Jetzt ist anscheinend Amazon dazwischen gesprungen und hat sich für ca. 1 Mrd. Dollar Twitch gekauft.

Bei Twitch dreht sich alles um Spiele und Spieler. Gute oder lustige Spieler veröffentlichen bei Youtube Live-Videomitschnitte z.B. ihrer erfolgreichen Missionen in Strategiespielen oder lustigen Stunts bei Shootern, komplett mit eigenen Audiokommentaren. Andere schauen sich das an und kommentieren. Spieler können eigene Channel anbieten und dafür sogar Abonnements verkaufen. Insgesamt 55 Millionen Nutzer liessen sich von dem simplen Prinzip begeistern, ein weiterer Beleg für die unglaubliche Popularität des Mediums “Computerspiele” bei den unter 30-jährigen. Spielkonsolen wie PS4 und XBox One unterstützen den Dienst, für PC gibt es kostenlose Software.

Was will Amazon mit Twitch? Der Spiegel schreibt: “Laut Medienberichten will der Online-Händler demnächst auch ein eigenes System zur Vermarktung von Werbeplatz im Internet starten. Amazon hat auch ein eigenes Geschäft mit Online-Spielen auf Basis des Betriebssystems Android.”



Have A Look At The Music Revenue Split from 1983 to 2013

1983In 1983 the market was split into cassettes (47,8%) and vinyl (LP/EP and Singles: 51,7%). In 2003 CDs accounted for over 95% of revenue. Today it’s just crazy, there are so many different revenue streams.

Go to Digitalmusicnews for the animation.

Another Dongle? Another Dongle!

PhoneLandingHeroIt looks like Microsoft is going to release a streaming dongle soon, to allow users of the Windows Phone to mirror content to their TV using the Miracast technology. Miracast is not as advanced as the system Google’s Chromecast uses. A “key difference is that Miracast is based on streaming media directly, in a P2P-like fashion, from the sender device to the receiver, whereas Google Cast merely points the receiver to a media resource that can be hosted in the cloud.”

Go to Gigaom for more.

Videotipp: “Die Macht der Zuschauer” und “Warum Fernsehen?”

3sat-logoDie 3sat-Reportage über das Wesen der Quotenmessung und die Relevanz dieser Methode angesichts der Digitalisierung des Medienkonsums gibt es in der 3sat Mediathek.

Dazu die Talkrunde “Warum Fernsehen?” mit Gerd Scobel, hier. und den Artikel mit Clips gibt’s hier.

Research On Mobile Media Consumption And Apps Published

mobileapptimespentResearchers from Comscore have published the results of their study on digital media consumption.

It shows that mobile has overtaken desktop/laptop when it comes to time spent with media. On mobile devices, it’s the apps like Facebook that gobble up most of the users’ attention. From Techcrunch’s article: “Here’s another notable tidbit: 42% of all app time on smartphones takes place in that individual’s single most used app. 3 out of 4 minutes is spent in the individual’s top 4 apps. The top brands, which account for 9 out of the top 10 most used apps, include Facebook, Google, Apple, Yahoo, Amazon and eBay.”

Go to Comscore for the Whitepaper.