When I ran the numbers, I found something interesting

Coming off my last post, I thought I’d share this little bit of math I worked out back when Disney+ first came on the market.

I subscribe to the New York Times and they published an online interactive survey to determine what streaming services you should subscribe to. It’s here:

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Remember The Streaming Wars?

Netflix vs Disney

My apologies for being away for so long. Life seems to have crept up on me.

I originally started this blog as part of a class project. I focused on the cord cutting trend as at the time my family had just joined the movement at the time, and I wanted to examine the effects. While I’ve shifted my focus some what to other topics, this has always been in the back of my mind.

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Is Youtube the next big studio?

As I was writing that title, I thought to myself it sounded a little stupid.  However, the more I mull it over in my head I’m not entirely certain that I’m off the mark here.  As you no doubt are aware Youtube is the largest video sharing site on the planet (and if you’re not, then “Hello, welcome to earth, you have a lot to catch up on.”)  All of it’s material is generated by average users.  Random people like you and me.  Now why I think of it as the next big studio waiting to happen, is because of the money behind it.

Forbes magazine, has put together a list of the top YouTube stars of 2016.  All of these kids are millionaires through YouTube.  Now if a lot of these videos are merely vlogs, sketch comedies or musings on life, it begs the question, what if someone were to create something really original and out there?  There are already some really great fan films for Star Wars on there:

and here:

Which leads one to wonder, if you can make this quality of film using a small budget, what if you can make a TV or Film series for YouTube distribution but with a high quality budget?  It seems the financial feasibility is there, there just needs to be the drive to produce something original.

And then Twitter goes and changes the playing field…but not if you live in Canada.

A screenshot of Detroit Lions vs the San Fransisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers vs the Detroit Lions. One of many games you might be able to see this upcoming season via Twitter, unless you live in Canada. (Via the BBC)

This is short and sweet to write.  If you’re a sports fan but are concerned you’re going to lose out on live sports if you cut the cord, then you’re going to want to read this entry:

On Tuesday of this week, Twitter announced a landmark deal with the NFL to live stream Thursday night games.  You can read about it here.

Unfortunately because we live in Canada, Rogers has exclusive rights to broadcast the NFL, and therefore will block any Canadian twitter users from viewing the games.  The Globe and Mail has a write up about it here.

I applaud Twitter and the NFL for embracing change.  This is the future and if it succeeds I wouldn’t be surprised if other major sports leagues find other unique and interesting partnerships to broadcast their games on in the near future.

As for Rogers and the NFL agreeing not to broadcast the games via Twitter, I think it shows you that the problem in Canada isn’t so much the technology or knowledge of the medium.  It’s more the legality and the monopoly Bell and Rogers have developed over the last half decade in this country.  It’s making them slow to embrace change and to start charting a course for where they want to be in the 21st century.

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