What is notTV?

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notTV is a grassroots project. It’s a contemporary, dynamic media streaming platform designed within a cooperative framework. This platform is exciting and offers a unique experience for viewers, sponsors of products and services, and content creators.

The development of notTV has been a slow and steady journey. The initial exposure will start in the form of NotNow.tv: a regularly released web series, and notRadio, a podcast with lively, entertaining and informed discussions and interviews covering topics and people from various segments of society. NotNow.tv is a tool to bring people together in our new Internet economy. It is an unprecedented beacon to guide people and encourage us to support and educate one another as we move forward into the future. NotNow.tv will generate optimism, joy and enthusiasm to help us come together at a grassroots level and build a better future.

Amazon Storywriter, free, cloud-based screenwriting software

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Amazon today announced Amazon Storywriter, a free, cloud-based screenwriting software for writers of all levels to create movie and TV screenplays in standard format, offering an alternative to pricey industry options. Also, in an effort to further enable talented writers to present their work for consideration and to expand its search for the next great movie or TV series, Amazon will now accept drama submissions and will no longer take a free option on scripts submitted directly to the amazonstudios.com site.

Starting today, creators can simply log in with their Amazon account to access Amazon Storywriter. The free software promises to take the pain out of formatting, with features including auto-format as you type and import/export of PDF, FDX and Fountain formats. Screenwriters can write online while their scripts are saved as they work, knowing all their material is being stored securely in the cloud. Additionally, they can write offline with a free installable Chrome app for Mac and PC.

“Amazon is thrilled to support the evolution of our creative community by offering advanced tools like Amazon Storywriter to assist both established and aspiring writers in telling their stories,” said Roy Price, Vice President, Amazon Studios. “Amazon is dedicated to producing high-quality, original films and television series that customers love, and enabling more writers to obtain access to creative resources will ultimately help us discover great new talent. Just recently we were thrilled to debut the second season of “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street,” a kids show that came to us as a script submission. The show has been a huge hit with customers and a testament to the open door process–we can’t wait to see what comes in next.”

Amazon says that the company is always on the lookout for compelling new voices and interesting characters in series and movies that have the potential to become hits. Amazon continues to accept original scripts for feature films, primetime comedy series for adults, series for children between the ages of 2-14, and now for the first time also welcomes drama series submissions. In addition, Amazon will no longer take a free option on script submissions, thus allowing Writers Guild of America and the Animation Guild members to submit their original material through the online submission process.

For more information, please visit https://studios.amazon.com/.

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Canadian online video viewing up 58% over 2011: report

Jeff Lagerquist, Special to Financial Post | Sep 27, 2012 11:02 AM ET | Last Updated: Sep 28, 2012 9:35 AM ET
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Excerpt from: nextMEDIA-Source

Canadians are spending more time watching videos online, causing advertisers to increase their focus on the burgeoning digital frontier, according to a new report.

Spending for online video advertising is expected to increase by 43% in 2012 over the previous year, a figure that would top $74-million, according to data collected by San Francisco-based digital advertising firm BrightRoll.

Of the estimated 25 million Canadians online, 91% watch at least one video per month, with total viewer ship increasing 58% since 2011, according to the BrightRoll study, which surveyed 100 Canadian advertising agencies.

“The greatest growth that we’ve seen in unique viewers has been in adults 55 years and older who have been slow to jump on the bandwagon of online video,” said Koushalya Subramanian, a researcher at BrightRoll.

The Trouble With Netflix

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Featuring Ashley Swartz, principal of the New York digital consultancy Furious Minds, and former head of the interactive television practice at Digitas. Here are some notable quotes from the video:

@5:51: “Change is afoot and we all need to get ready for it, the question is how, and I think one of the biggest topics of conversation has been that somebody is going to bear the burden. Everyone’s fighting against one another, digging their heels in. The reality is that we collectively, as an industry, within media content and advertising, all share responsibility to serve the consumer. Because at the end of the day the consumer will always outsmart us.”

@10:06 “The reality is that audience behaviour, and their consumption, is changing faster than technology providers and network operators can keep up, and that has put us all in a substantial conundrum. Advertisers don’t know where to go to reach an audience, they don’t know where the audiences are going; because, they are moving so fast and they are on so many devices. No one has really figured it out, and there are a lot of challenges that lie ahead.

@10:35 “There needs to be a sort of rally cry to innovate and not protect. We’ve learned time and time again, with the music industry as a great example, that protection as tactics do not work. Play nice boys and girls, and you will win as a result. Or you’ll blow up.”


A work in progress…

The convergence of telecommunications, computing and the media. This is not TV.

The business model we use moving forward creates an all access platform for creators, sponsors and the audience to come together harmoniously. This is a cooperative model and design moderated by the creators. Language is an important tool in the development of this platform, this community. Terminology and semantics are at the root of the next generation Internet. The next stage of development involves a redesign of the telecommunications industry which will have a fundamental impact on the global economy with ripple effects into every other industry.

Progress forces us to share a vision for the future requiring a collective paradigm shift. This fundamental change allows us to re-build our economic structure into a platform that supports the advance of our society both culturally and technologically.

The design of the notTV project embraces the current Internet system while introducing a new Internet system effectively bridging the gap between the world as we know it and the world of the future. This includes blueprints for hardware and software technologies weaved into the business model and embedded into a social economic system. Utilizing existing designs and technologies; this project builds on what we currently know and understand. Success is derived from a behavioral shift in how we conduct business with one another; a shift in thinking to work collaboratively, not competitively.

There are many stages of development, requiring a full-time team to bring this project into the light. At this time notTV continues to seek a co-founder with financial support. Until then we continue our slow and steady progress building the business model [it seems] everybody is looking for.

YouTube First to break the mold

The following show has been funded by YouTube. It is the first successful web-original, full length, broadcast quality series supported by commercials. There will be much more to come now as broadcast quality content transitions more rapidly into Internet “new media” programming.

YouTube has now presented itself as a creator of content putting it in competition with other content creators such as Yahoo! and the Wall Street Journal. However, YouTube does not have what NotTV has. Actually, they will work harmoniously together, if the powers to be will recognize it.

For now, we look forward to building our community. NotTV.

Back in the Saddle

The NotTV project is getting a fresh start for 2012. Looking back over the past 4 years of research and design a great deal of insight has been gained into the online media community.

The foundation is being poured and at the heart of the project we have NotMedia (parent). NotTV is in development and NotNews is making progress. At this time that is all of the information we can divulge.

Time is running out for investors to show their interest in this project. As the operations get refined and the communication gets more precise the offering becomes more narrow. Realistically there is less than three months left to get on board this once in a lifetime opportunity.

We are looking for the right investor(s). What does that mean? The right investor understands the new economy and will bring strength and experience to the team.

Since this project has been in development for four years we have done a lot of groundwork and many will be surprised at the progress we make this year. We are moving forward with determination and focus knowing that the opportunity is still wide open as none of our competitors have matched our business model.

Wondering who our competition is? It would be a combination of, but not exclusive to (and there may even be some collaboration between), YouTube, Vimeo, Hulu, Netflix, Blip.tv, Livestream (formerly Mogulus), Dailyfilm.tv, Ooyala, Firstrun.tv, Just The Story, Only One TV, Roku, Apple TV, GoogleTV and M-GO.

Let’s begin a discussion about the future of media, culture and communications…