Archive for September, 2017

Netflix commits $500M to Canadian content

Friday, September 29th, 2017

Netflix to commit $500M over 5 years on new Canadian productions: sources

Questions remain about how Canadian producers will be able to access funding to create programming

By Catherine Cullen, CBC News Posted: Sep 27, 2017 5:43 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 27, 2017 8:37 PM ET

CRTC to review decision about lowering Canadian content

Friday, September 29th, 2017

CRTC licence renewals threaten Canadian programs, say critics

Film and TV creators say we’ll see fewer Canadian shows because of licencing renewals approved this week

By Jessica Wong, CBC News Posted: May 17, 2017 6:52 PM ET Last Updated: May 17, 2017 6:59 PM ET

Heritage minister orders CRTC to review decision lowering Canadian content

‘This is a real victory for the thousands of Canadians who stepped up and spoke out,’ says ACTRA head

By Peter Zimonjic, CBC News Posted: Aug 14, 2017 9:02 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 14, 2017 9:02 PM ET

UBCO students join notTV to contribute and innovate.

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

In a radical move, notTV has adopted a team of 4th year University students from UBCO to develop a next generation prototype. A team of software development students have joined notTV in its next phase of development.

Amidst a recent crowdfunding campaign effort, the notTV team admits that the journey has had its share of challenges, but that they are excited to explore the future creation possibilities with the next generation of innovators.



“You need to jump into the challenges. Life is exciting when you take risks.”

Video Assets in the Internet Economy

Monday, September 18th, 2017

People and businesses who have created high quality videos for the Internet are going to be enjoying the next 30 years as their videos get watched over and over with future generations. Our culture is putting everything on the Internet, and as we consider where “Internet Television” is taking us we see new “Internet TV Channels” popping up. This presents a chance to have a discussion around how TV content is created… the style and purpose.

TV has become very fast paced and dramatic, with the need to keep you hanging until after the commercial break. The Internet is leaning towards shorter form content with short explosive ads. But, how will the style change as we step back from this need for bombardment which came from the days of the non-interactive television experience.

Internet TV will be something that is watched well into the future, and the life-span of your content will be determined by the quality and timeliness. Is your video timely? Does it have an expiration date? Is it repurpose-able? Would it be well suited for re-mixing?

As we get into these topics and areas of discussion notTV will curate these conversations and much more.

Stay tuned, and subscribe to notTV for ideas and discussions around the future of media.

Blogger says Bitcoin needs to be worth $1,000,000 to be a legitimate currency

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Mark Decabre talks about Satoshis and the value of Bitcoin at

“A single bitcoin was worth about $3,900 in recent trade on Monday, off lows of the past few days, according to data site, amid regulatory headwinds in China and critical comments from Wall Street pros like J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.’s CEO Jamie Dimon.

“Still, a bitcoin would need to be worth a stunning $1,000,000 to be a bona fide monetary unit, says Iqbal Gandham, U.K managing director at eToro, a trading platform.

Image courtesy MarketWatch and Getty Images

A new streaming service by Discovery, Viacom, A+E Networks, AMC Networks, and Scripps

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017
 In the United States…
People who are tired of paying for TV sports channels they don’t watch will soon have a new option.

Cable channels owned by Discovery Communications, Viacom Inc., AMC Networks, A+E Networks and Scripps Networks Interactive will be part of a new streaming service expected to have a “soft launch” in coming weeks, people familiar with the situation say.

Subscriptions will cost less than $20 a month.

Spotify and Hulu create a bundle for $5 a month in the U.S.

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Purchasing these services separately would cost at least $13 a month.

Excerpt from Recode article, “U.S. college students can now buy a Spotify/Hulu bundle for $5 a month“:

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Buy a Spotify subscription, get a Hulu subscription for free.

That’s the offer from Hulu and Spotify, who are teaming up on a promotion where some U.S. college students can now get monthly subscriptions to both services for a total of $5 a month.

That’s a significant discount, as Spotify’s “Premium for Students” service normally costs $5, and Hulu’s basic ad-supported service costs $8 a month.

Both services have worked with other companies to bundle their offerings before: Hulu, for instance, will sell you a subscription to Showtime, and the New York Times will give new digital subscribers a year of Spotify for free.

Subscription video giveaways aren’t new, either: Yesterday, T-Mobile said it would give away Netflix subscriptions to wireless customers who paid it at least $80 a month.

Source: Recode

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