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Local Matters

Radio profits in Canada increased last year. Probably the biggest reason for this success is that you play such a crucial role at the local level, serving your individual communities. You have a huge advantage in that your stations—and your program hosts—are trusted curators of local content. Listeners turn to you not only for music […]

Netflix rolls out to 130 countries

Talk about a crowd pleaser… Netflix CEO Reed Hastings today said the streaming giant has deployed to another 130 countries, executing what he called “the birth of a new global TV network.” The crowd at his CES keynote, predictably, went wild. As expected, India and Russia were both part of the roll out and — […]

The Battle for the Living Room

Google and Sony are dark horse candidates, while Roku and TiVo don’t stand a chance. And as for Plex, it had better pray that it gets acquired. Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon are the leading contenders for the Living Room. On January 14, 2016, Jason Thibeault posted an article on StreamingMedia.com Here is a copy of […]

Canadian Cord-Cutting Accelerates through 2015

Source: Ooyala Video Mind Blog Ottawa-based research and consulting firm Boon Dog said the top providers were down 153,000 TV subscribers in their respective three fiscal 2015 quarters – record losses – compared to 22,000 subs lost in the same quarters in 2014. In Q3 alone, pay-TV providers in Canada lost 39,000 subscribers compared to […]

BitTorrent Live P2P Live Streaming Patent

BitTorrent inventor Bram Cohen has earned a spot in the Internet hall of fame already, but he is not yet done with disruptive peer-to-peer technologies. In July 2015 Cohen was granted a patent for his BitTorrent-based streaming technology, which may be the start of a new breakthrough. Hoping to revolutionize live broadcasting on the Internet, […]

The Wheel of Co-Creation

This diagram has been a guide for the design and development of the NotTV project and NotNow.tv. The intention is for NotNow.tv to move forward as a hub for the Media & Communications sector of society, and then to assist the other sectors in building their hubs. The following quote was borrowed from the website […]

Netflix Is the #3 Broadcaster in the U.S., Will Be #1 in 2016

While Netflix has been the biggest name is SVOD since its online debut, its momentum will soon make it the country’s biggest broadcaster. The subscription video-on-demand service Netflix is now the third biggest broadcaster in the U.S. That’s according to data released today by online video advertising company Alphonso. With Netflix’s current growth rate and […]

The State of Video App Development 2015

There’s a digital land grab underway for real estate on mobile phones, set-top boxes, and game consoles.  Here are some excerpts from an interesting article (StreamingMedia.com) Step One: The Audience There might be a perception you can publish once and run anywhere, but that’s not the case when it comes to user experience, analytics, monetization, […]

HBO To Netflix: Bring It On

HBO is releasing its new streaming platform called “HBO Now”. And it’s expected to create a ripple in the online landscape of (as the article describes) “media vehicles like Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, and a slew of new online streaming services.” Here’s an interesting excerpt from the article: Netflix is the peskiest of these, the only […]

The Evolution of Television

The CRTC has influenced our viewing choices for a long time. It now recognizes that the masses are overtaking their influence and their approach to the broadcast industry must change if it is to survive. The Chairman of the CRTC gave a long speech on March 12, 2015 to The Canadian Club. Here are some […]

Cutting the TV Cord? Call the Anti-Cable Guy

Businesses spring up to help viewers over the technical hurdles of TV alternatives The cable guy has a new competitor: the anti-cable guy. He helps you cut the cord on traditional television services and hooks you up with alternatives. Most Canadians still watch cable or satellite TV. However, cord-cutting is catching on as more people […]

YouTube Brass Pitch Google Preferred at Brandcast

Advertisers can zero in on the good stuff with Google Preferred, buying ads on the top five percent of YouTube’s inventory. Plus, that buy now comes with a guarantee. While other video destinations pitch their best upcoming original content in the hopes of getting advertisers to sign on, YouTube doesn’t have original content to pitch. […]

New business advice from a venture capitalist

“My preference is always for a new business to start with a clear, sustainable competitive benefit to consumers, differentiate sharply, grow organically from the ground up, take money if needed to grow—not survive, and build a real business, that makes more money than it spends.” – Venture capitalist Mahesh Murthy

Video Blogging, a $40,000 per year job

According to Amish Patel in a Techvibes article this week, video bloggers with 60,000 subscribers pull in $40,000 per year from Google. Here’s an excerpt: [Amish] says that you can find the top 2,000 projected earning video channels on Statsheep—and Patel hopes with his Toronto-based D Films background, which has seasoned distribution executives, he can […]