Why Cord Cutting May Be A False Flag for The Future of TV

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Is the Internet bad for television? Maybe not: Evidence suggests that the web makes people watch more television, and get more engaged with TV advertising….


One unanticipated side effect of this greater availability, according to the seventh annual Deloitte State of the Media Democracy survey, released earlier this year, is that the availability of more ways to watch content–like laptops, tablets and other mobile devices–may be growing the amount of television watched overall, instead of simply replacing one form with another.


“Our conclusion is, the individuals using tablets and smartphones tend to be much heavier media consumers across the board, and in particular tend to be heavier users of digital applications, such as streaming and downloading, even if they’re not using their tablet to do that,” Deloitte vice chairman and U.S. Media and Entertainment sector leader Gerald Belson told Wired.


A recent TiVo survey of almost 10,000 of the service’s subscribers also reached a similar conclusion: There was “no significant difference” in traditional television consumption between those who subscribed to Netflix and those who didn’t. Indeed, those who did subscribe, the survey discovered, may even be more likely to watch more premium cable dramas than those who didn’t….’

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Is Crowdfunding Right for You? Fantastic Share By India Innovation Institute. U of Toronto « TMCResourceKit

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We’d like to thank the India Innovation Institute, at the University of Toronto, for sharing their useful and timely resource on crowdfunding!

[Description from the site]


Perhaps one of the key enablers of an effective innovation engine is the presence of adequate financing that allows new ventures to launch, scale and expand their offerings. In the past couple of years, in India and indeed the rest of the world, crowdfunding has emerged as a simple and innovative online tool that provides small businesses and start-ups with opportunities to increase their social media presence, investment base, and funding prospects.

Crowdfunding can be a valuable tool for businesses, but must be implemented carefully, strategically, and intelligently. The following report serves as a guide to those who wish to pursue Crowdfunding. This India Innovation Institute report examines the pros and cons of Crowdfunding and provides a guide to finding out whether or not Crowdfunding is right for your business. It not only examines successful Crowdfunding case studies under different Crowdfunding models, but also presents a checklist and a “how to” guide for launching a successful and innovative Crowdfunding campaign.

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The future is now: 15 innovations to watch for [Mintz] and other future/education-related items

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‘This infographic tells the big story of KnowledgeWorks’ third forecast on the future of learning, Recombinant Education: Regenerating the Future of Learning.  Comprised of twelve key insights with accompanying graphics, it points the way toward a diverse learning ecosystem in which learning adapts to each child instead of each child trying to adapt to school.’

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Is Direct Distribution the Future for Indie Film? Notes From A2E at the 2013 San Francisco International Film Festival

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“The mood at the San Francisco International Film Festival’s inaugural A2E: Artist to Entrepreneur direct distribution labs this past weekend might have been described as buoyantly apocalyptic…


While some of the meetings were private, others aspects of the lab were open to the press and offered up a few recurring themes:


Documentaries are leading the way in direct distribution and community building. 


Though all the projects in the lab were narrative films, when Paradigm Consulting’s Peter Broderick offered up successful direct distribution case studies in his talk, the examples were mainly nonfiction — a doc on raw food that sold thousands of copies after offering up the film for free streaming for a week, another on Estonian music that featured CDs for purchase on their website alongside their DVD. A presenter from communications strategists Active Voice spoke about how nonprofits have become very savvy about films reaching out to their communities, a now familiar doc strategy, but that there’s still untapped potential for narratives to be able to do this with their capacity to reach a new and broader audience.


Broderick cited Amanda Palmer’s million dollar Kickstarter campaign as one from which filmmakers could learn.” 


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Between the Lines: Storytelling in the New Landscape – i-Docs

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“This session (…) looked at the relationship between technology and storytelling, it’s function within the creation of non-linear narratives and the continued role of “old” storytelling telling methods.” I-Docs


“Each technological change in filmmaking has influenced the way stories are crafted. Adapting to these new technologies has repeatedly been presented as a revolutionary new way of storytelling. The first films shot with handheld cameras allowed unprecedented access to events, and later, digital cameras made it cheaper to produce films. Now, with opportunities offered by new media, stories can be told in a non-linear fashion through different platforms, or made interactive. Do these new technologies truly revolutionize the way we document the world, or do they merely change the relationship between the maker and the viewer? Do the old methods of storytelling still apply to interactive or non-linear documentaries?



Caspar Sonnen
Mandy Rose
Alexandre Brachet
William Uricchio


[from DocHouse & the Frontline Club Vimeo Channel]

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