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In the US, just four companies – Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google – will harvest up to two-thirds of all new TV and video revenue in 2018…
In 2017, TV’s Streaming Revolution Made Its Biggest Leap Forward Yet
Youth-focused brand Vice Media will premiere three original series on Facebook’s streaming platform, Watch.
Facebook’s Plan To Take On TV
” One thing is clear: the TV ecosystem of today will definitely not be the TV ecosystem of tomorrow”
TV networks are buying original digital series for their apps.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corp., the country’s public broadcaster, launched an over-the-top streaming service Tuesday.
“I am trying to build addicts — and I want people addicted to something every week,” said HBO CEO Richard Plepler, speaking at Business Insider’s ignition conference last week.
A year after launching its virtual MVPD service, AT&T said today that its DirecTV Now platform has surpassed the 1 million subscriber threshold.
Point of view : “Over the past few months, several high-profile video streaming platforms have either shut down or scaled back their spending on original content”
HBO is about to begin reevaluating its international expansion strategy.
Snapchat pulled back the curtain on the redesign of its app and “wants to be more like Netflix”
New dark comedy ‘Sam and Pat Are Depressed‘ premieres on SeekaTV. The series follows depressed roommates Sam and Pat as they help each other navigate the inherent awkwardness of therapy through profanity, humor, and take out.
Three quarters of all mobile traffic will be used for video in 2023, according to a report by telecommunications equipment company Ericsson.
” …Showing a big jump was the use of apps and the web on smartphones, which occupied 2:27 per day in the quarter, up from 1:43 a year ago and 1:09 in 2015…”
MAN-O. is a new 7-part web-series about a man’s eating disorder. The series explores the largely undiscussed struggles of men with anorexia. Director/actor Adam Christie uses his own personal experiences with the disease to breathe life into this poignant story.
The pivot to reality for digital media
“… the number of different networks each viewer is watching has dropped over the past five years. Sounds counterintuitive, but it’s true. Most TV viewers watch only one or two networks each day…”
“ …As long as YouTube continues to rely on its big brother Google’s ad revenue to underwrite its video losses, the video space is stuck, unable to connect revenues, audiences and makers…”
“… For consumers, the world of over-the-top video is flush with opportunity … But the OTT landscape is also incredibly confusing, with a dozen “skinny bundles” offering pay-TV like services, and even more services offering single channels…”
Sharp Drop in Time Spent on Facebook – “…Facebook users logged in less frequently than last year. The number of Facebook sessions per user fell from 311 in 2016 to just 173 this year…”
MIPTV and CANNESERIES open a worldwide search for the next big global drama hit. In Development is a 2-day event dedicated to fast-tracking drama series productions at an international level. It will be held from April 10-11, 2018 alongside MIPTV and CANNESERIES. The call for entries opens today, November 21.
Webdoc The Secret Lives of Public Servants is online.
” … VR is in what people at Oculus Rift call the desert and what some researchers call the “trough of disillusionment…”
Fullscreen — the young-skewing subscription service — is shutting down. “…Fullscreen debuted with 800 hours of content, charging $4.99 a month. It features scripted original series, live and taped talk shows, and teen-targeted rerun dramas like “Dawson’s Creek.”
Season 1 of Italian web series Bruciare Violini is online, available with English subtitles
Streamy-nominated zombie romantic comedy web series BAD TIMING begins Season Two where Season One ended, with Andy accidentally shooting his overprotective mom at the door, under the pretense she was a zombie trying to get into the house.
En Français – L’intégrale de l’épisode “Le Fils” des Bouches à Pipe.
“… Amazon is building a new free, ad-based OTT VOD service that would complement its subscription based Prime Video offering…”
CBC Comedy just launched a new web series How to Buy a Baby, the story of an infertile couple that struggles to conceive with the help of a doctor. And a nurse. And a financial planner. And unsolicited advice from everyone they know.
“… Worldwide shipments of all Android TV devices, including STBs and smart televisions, are projected to increase from 7.6 million in 2016 to 40.1 million in 2021.”
“…TBS and Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco said it has launched the first animated show on Snapchat, a standup show called Team Coco’s Comedy Club…”
“… Apple has ordered a new drama series that will be produced by Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon::: Apple currently streams only two original shows, both of which are unscripted….”
“… Disney new streaming service will be priced ‘substantially’ lower than Netflix…”
” Hulu is the first U.S. streaming-video service to hit Nintendo Switch, which has sold 2.6 million units in the United States in the first eight months of its release..”
” Director Steven Soderbergh’s Mosaic app contains a 7-plus-hour miniseries about a mysterious death, but because viewers have some agency over what order they watch it in and which characters’ stories they follow…”
“… One thing that we have heard over the years is that Snapchat is difficult to understand or hard to use, and our team has been working on responding to this feedback…”
In Spanish only – Argentinean channel UN3 released a new online series: Emilia Envidia. ” Emilia envidia, critica y se compara con sus amigos, directores de cine como ella. Lleva 2 años intentando terminar su ópera prima y su frustración crece todos los días…”
” … Pay-TV only subscribers are decreasing in the US, Europe and Australia according to Ampere Analysis. Amongst those taking subscription services, pay TV only subscribers continue to decline, while SVoD only subscribers increase…”
” US consumers are spending more time with their digital devices than ever before, and that holds true while they’re already watching something else…”
” …. global consumer spend on digital content will reach $202 billion (€175bn) in 2018, up by 10 per cent on this year’s total of $184 billion…”
“… Vivendi has made the U.S. debut of Studio+, a short-form premium video service that sells for $3.99 per month…”
Do you need music for your digital series? Check out Jean-Eric Bohdanowicz page. He alredy composed several musics for digital series including multi awarded Random series.
Monday Morning Productions has launched a campaign to fund its new original comedy series Cady Did created and written by multi award winning director Jason Cicci (He’s With Me)
Read this very good post about Found Footage, a web sketch show that mixes in genuine VHS footage with surreal sketches that play with memory and nostalgia.
Russia and Russian language countries now have a source for digital news. Check out the Digital Reporter Live Journal.
Already 4 episodes of the dramedy A Whole New Irving are online. It follows a young adult fresh out of college struggling to find work that fits his “passion.” Despite his degree, he ends up working at a health food store in Venice Beach.
Watch the first episodes of Stage Fright, a German queer web series behind the scenes of a theater.
New comedy Geek Lounge just started. Four Geek friends contemplates the pros and cons of having sex with the undead– of the zombie variety.
New playlist on Neatflix channel! Discover Bill Weiner: High School Guidance Counselor, a 2013 comedy in 3 episodes (20mn total).
Charging Moose Media recently released the second season of rock musical web series, The Hunted: Encore. The show is a spinoff of the longest running web series on the net, The Hunted (17+ years) and follows a group of vampire slayers in New York City.
A new Simon’Cat special is online! After an unfortunate encounter in the garden, Simon’s Cat goes to great lengths to avoid an imminent visit to the vet. As always, the question remains – will his long-suffering owner Simon step up to the challenge?
En Français: La saison 2 des Plaidoiries de l’Absurde vient de débuter sa diffusion. La crise, le réchauffement climatique, Francis Lalanne : tous nos problèmes ne peuvent être réglés seulement par la politique…
VANCOUVER WEBFEST (April 19th – 21st 2018 / Part of 2018 Web Series World Cup) is open for submissions until November !5th!!
Auteurs français, le CNC aide les créateurs vidéo ! Nouveau fonds pour les créations web. Il y aura plusieurs sessions en 2018. Les liens utiles sont sous la vidéo.
En Chien (Denis Larzilière) a remporté le prix “Rio Webfest” lors du dernier Marseille Webfest. Le dernier épisode est désormais en ligne.
The multi award winning Italian cartoon Preti is back! More priest, more religion and more absurd in Ancora Preti. 3 episodes already online and all with English subtitles. This is a creation of Astutillo Smeriglia .
From the creators of The Great Dying, the award winning web series. Draug is a mythological dark fantasy folktale horror movie set in the viking age. In 11th century Sweden, a missionary went missing in the dark forests of Ödmården…
The team at Almost Cool releases a new episode of Long Story Short for Halloween! It’s about what can go wrong when you stay home alone on Halloween night.
” … Before web fests, I was just another super-hyphenate independent filmmaker in Austin Texas. Now I am an internationally award-winning digital series creator, producer, and actor…” – Confessions of a Webfest Junkie by Tom Chamberlain.
La saison 3 des Chroniques du Profeseur Feuillage débute sur IRL. À chaque épisode, le loufoque Professeur Feuillage vulgarise un cours d’écologie dans son labo-bureau.
La websérie Seltsam débute sa saison 2 ! L’épisode 1 : Première Nuit (Matthieu Kassimo et Aurélie Boivin), est sorti pour Halloween, sous-titré en anglais. 8 épisodes seront disponibles sur Youtube le mardi toutes les deux semaines.
L’ ouverture est potentiellement le réglage le plus important.Cela consiste comme son nom l’indique à différents degrés d’ouverture du diaphragme qui laissera passer votre optique jusqu’à la surface sensible, le capteur. C’est en partie par ça que se réglera l’exposition et la profondeur de champ…
En français, le magazine Seriz parle de séries… Et de webséries! Dans ce numéro, on parle des années 70.