This is my dumping ground for quotes and other stuff relating to the wonderful world of digital & communications.
Google just launched The Peanut Gallery, a new tool for its Chrome browser, which allows users to add their own title cards to clips from classic movies. …No typing involved: just say “Action!” to get your computer’s mic going, and speak the dialogue as you’d like it to appear
of 12 countries studied, revenues from digital sales and rentals for two studios were 6% to 10% higher than they would have been had Megaupload not been shut down
the idea as “Cinéma vérité,” a French term for true-to-life documentary filmmaking. “I love the way it’s such raw footage. Rather than being a final polished campaign image, it’s about what’s going on right now, live from backstage,” she says. “We’re trying to give our followers better-than-ever access with a real, up-close quality. In many ways, it’s like a digital version of the go-see, which are the appointments made by press and buyers after the show
Vine shares more with the animated GIF than YouTube, and almost doesn’t feel like a video app at all. It is its own thing… What’s most interesting about Vine is what’s not there. There’s no way to edit your footage, no filters, no red “record” button. No play button… it’s built on constraints
A new study reports that… people begin abandoning videos if they don’t load within two seconds. Every second of additional delay results in approximately 6 percent more viewers jumping ship…. about 20 percent of viewers are gone after five seconds
Perhaps the most disruptive feature of #waywire is its raw database of original footage from 60 content partners, including Reuters, the world’s largest multimedia news agency. In the near future, users will be able to cut original clips on breaking world news, giving them the editorial power once reserved to broadcast producers walled-off in a darkroom with thousands of dollars worth of equipment. Web-savvy users could splice together the best professional footage with eye-witness citizen accounts posted on YouTube, disrupting the major broadcasters’ monopoly on video news. #waywire also plans to let users shoot and edit their own video responses to content they find around the web.
(In Q1 2012) the BBC recorded 190 million requests for its content per month (incl) over 140 million for TV and around 46 million for radio shows.
During that time, smartphone and tablet devices accounted for 15% of total programme views, with Internet-connected devices — including your Smart TV, games console and Blu-ray player — contributed a further 11%.
The figures are impressive when you factor in that mobile device use almost doubled (94%) in one year and Internet-connected devices saw 57% growth from April 2011.
As of this morning, the year-old Viddy had 16 million users, adding 500,000 new ones a day
75 percent of all movies watched by Netflix members come from recommendations
Apps have also been important for streaming TV and film services such as Netflix and Hulu, as well as for the BBC’s iPlayer and BSkyB’s Sky Go – the latter now attracts 1.5 million unique users a month.
The top five free iPad apps are for TV catchup services.
Five months ago the BBC’s global iPlayer streaming video service was launched in Australia, offering access to new BBC television shows as well as the classics. Since then we’ve grown to become by far the largest market for the BBC’s all-you-can-eat subscription service, which costs $AU9.49 per month or $AU89.99 per year.
In fact Australia accounts for 20 per cent of iPlayer’s global revenue - which is more than the second and third countries combined
ChefHangout is a site where chefs can charge for cooking lessons and it sits on top of the Google Hangout product. The lessons are scheduled throughout the day and can cost upwards of $20 a piece. That’s not a lot of money when you’re getting an intimate and interactive lesson from a professional chef
In 2011, 1.94 billion TV and radio programme requests were made on iPlayer across all platforms in the UK, its highest number ever. Although computers are still the most popular platform for BBC iPlayer users, accounting for two-thirds of requests last year, December saw a massive spike particularly for mobiles, tablets and connected TVs.
In December alone, 7 million programmes were requested on connected TV sets, an increase of more than 1,000% on the same period the previous year, while smartphones and tablets saw 13 million and 10 million requests made, representing an increase of 163% and 596% respectively. This helped BBC iPlayer register a record-breaking 187 million monthly requests across all platforms in December alone, a 29% increase year-on-year.