Web TV-Bebo-The London Affair

Web TV is becoming more popular but there is still a long way to go until it is fully and legally introduced to the UK audiences. Recently I attended a ‘guest speaker’ talk about ‘The London Affair‘ (2007, London. Writer/Director Nicholas Jones, Grassroots Media).The London Affair is a small volunteer based drama series based on the lives of 5 people based in london. It has five short films for the new London-based production company, aimed at the mobile-phone/ download market. The project began as a hobby, filming and directing was a hobby of the creator. However after they posted their film clips on bebo lots of people were loving them and the number of viewers increased massively. They were promoted to a front page slot on Bebo and enjoyed huge amounts of success. They are now trying to get another half a million pounds in funds and investments/advertising rights in order to continue their project.

A five short film of ‘The London Affair‘ are able to view on Bebo.

The London Affair

The London Affair

Sweney & Conlan (14th June 2007. Media Guardian Site: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2007/jun/14/itv.bbc) have reported that the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV are planning to joint venture to develop a vind deo downloads service that will “do for broadbawhat Freeview did for digital TV”. It is called “Project Kangaroo”. This plan aims to create a “one-stop shop”, media player for viewers to download their favourite TV shows and eventually the viewers will eventually be able to download TV and watch from thier computer but also they can download the TV show directly to their TV.

Sweney, Mark (4th February 2009. Media Guardian Site: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/feb/04/project-kangaroo-blocked-by-competition-commission ) reported that Project Kangaroo has been blocked from launching by the Competition Commission.

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There’s More to Online Videos than YouTube!

It may be used by millions of people worldwide everyday but lets face it, there’s a lot of crap on there. If you want your 3 minute doc to be taken seriously and viewed by people who are really going to appreciate it, then YouTube is probably not the best place to stick it.

So where else can people view your creative piece of work?

You might consider MySpace Film , but it’s debatable whether this would be any better than using YouTube.

Alternatively, Vimeo is a much ‘cleaner’ website, and even supports High Definition.  

Another  place you may want to upload your film to is Blip.tv. Your video will be seen in high Flash quality on this website, and you can also build websites and video channels using it.

Or maybe you could upload it to Archive.org’s Moving Image Library. This site is used by a community of intelligent people with a shared interest in Open Media, and may therefore offer more constructive reviews than any comments made on YouTube.

You can even earn money from your video. Metacafe prides itself on being a different sort of video site. It won’t just post any and every video, and it will pay you for creating and submitting ‘exceptionally entertaining original works’ as part of it’s Producer Rewards Program.

Revver is another video hosting site where your video can bring monetary gain. How? They’ll stick a targeted ad right next it. So if this doesn’t bother you, Revver will split the revenue 50/50 when someone clicks on or even just views the ad associated with your film.

If factual content is your passion, then Current is the place where the users make the news. In addition to the opportunity of getting some feedback on your work if you upload your video here, you may even progress to their very own TV channel.  

So when it comes to sharing your film with the rest of the world, maybe it’s worth researching your options before just plonking it on the most obvious.

Learn About the ‘Psychology of Facebook’

Professor B J Fogg of Stanford University can help you do this. He has a whole course based on it.

“The Psychology of Facebook” class at the university in California delves into what Professor Fogg describes as ‘a new form of mass interpersonal persuasion’.

He said the pivotal moment came when he watched an application on the site go from “literally zero to more than a million users in a week”.  (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7357934.stm)

You can even join the Professor’s very own Facebook group!

Facebook and The Youth Generation

I have finally joined the ranks of the Facebook world. Whilst I am still unsure as to whether I have done the right thing. I am adamant that my old school crew and work colleagues will not find me because whatever happens on a night out remains a distant memory for me and those involved.

What I find fascinating is that it seems acceptable that in today’s society to go out get drunk and have it documented on Facebook for the whole world to see. Even if you’ve not taken the pictures yourself you can be sure a friend has and will tag you into the photos. Is this really such a good idea? Especially as the older generation are becoming more Internet savvy.

Do you really want your boss or parents looking at pictures for you when you’re a little not looking your best?

Recently, a girl from work went on holiday with her fiance and then the week she was due back to work rang in and said she was ill with stress. What she failed to remember was that she had posted her photos on Facebook of her holiday. The general consensus was that she didn’t look stressed at all. She then apparently handed in her notice two weeks later, but after the rumor mill at work had been gossping on overdrive about her so  called ‘stress’. Combined with her reputation for being lazy would she have been welcomed back with open arms. I doubt it! Especially with the new managament team assessing the current worth of its employees.

Whilst I still think Facebook is good in principal I sure not sure I want the whole world viewing my escaped on-line thanks of a friend with a camera who a little too snap happy for my liking.

I have friends who work in the theatre industry who are dreading this year’s panto season and the return of Mr Barrowman. My friends unfortunately all have to wear name badges which members of the public then remember and search for them on Facebook. They are then in-dated with bizarre questions about Mr Barrowman and what it’s like to work with him.

Whilst that seems fairly innocent to some people I personally find that a little disturbing but I guess you could say that some of Mr Barrowman’s fans are just little strange. But hey that’s a whole new blog post. Maybe in six months time I  feel differently about Facebook but right now I am still a little unsure about this see all and tell form of social networking. Especially where young people are concerned!

Freeview Bid War has begun..

I read on “Media Week“, one of “Brand Republic” magazine sites, that a slot has opened up on the free-to-view platform “Freeview“.

The channel slot is set to create a multimillion-pound bidding war between different broadcasters. The reason for this is Freeview is now the UK’s most popular digital TV platform.

2007, Q4, UKs 60 million TV sets (not homes, Ofcom figures)

2007, Q4, UK's 60 million TV sets (not homes, Ofcom figures)

Ofcom’s Digital Television Update for Q2 2008 revealed that there are 16.7 million Freeview homes in the UK, boosted by sales of more than two million DTT set-top boxes or integrated digital TV sets.

The other reason is that unlike cable and satellite, channel slots on Freeview are scarce because of a lack of bandwidth on digital terrestrial TV.

Arqiva, which operates two of the six multiplexes (known as muxing, a term used to refer to a process where multiple digital data streams are combined into one signal over a shared medium) that make up Freeview, said the new channel would be available for use by February. The deadline for bids is 22nd October.

I believe Freeview is definitely the future of digital television as we are already seeing, with the arrival of Freeview+, allowing viewers to do exactly what Sky+ does but for free, means it holds strong grounds in the digital tv battleground.

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