Future of TV
YouTube has shut down the popular channel 'Toy Freaks', a move that reflects a new policy stance to more proactively restrict content deemed unsuitable for children. The channel had 8.53 million subscribers and was among the top 100 most-viewed channels on YouTube. The channel's creators (a single dad and his two daughters) specialised “in gross-out situations, as well as activities which many viewers feel border on abuse and exploitation, if not cross the line entirely, including videos of the children vomiting and in pain”.
YouTube is aiming to clean up its family-friendly community after receiving a large amount of criticism for allowing these videos to be accessible by children. So far dozens of channels have been shut down, removing video that collectively adds up to billions of views.
Amazon announced that it will make a Lord of the Rings series.
Reports around this purchase claim that Amazon will be forking out $250 million for the rights alone and the cost of shooting a six season fantasy TV show is reported to cost an additional $750 million.
“Buying Lord of The Rings is completely against their previous strategy,” said Tom Harrington, an analyst at the media consultancy Enders Analysis. “They are trying to buy their way out of their difficulties.”
With Disney now looming on the horizon, the insanely priced purchase of the rights to Lord of the Rings seems like a necessary move if Amazon needs a surefire smash hit.
Only time will tell on this one, but we do think this may be a knee jerk reaction to keep up with streaming services like Netflix.
After a year of creating vertical video content for their domestic and international news app, the BBC is starting to see its efforts paying off. The “videos of the day” section is responsible for a 30 percent increase to the number of visitors coming to the app, while the number of videos viewed per user has grown by 20 percent.
These visitors are typically more engaged and visit three times more frequently than those who don’t watch the vertical video. The BBC tries to ensure the videos that run in the vertical section of the app have a different style and tone than the rest of the app, aiming to appeal to younger audiences.
The Nov. 22 edition featured two stories about Zimbabwe after Robert Mugabe’s resignation as president, a mother defending her son amid terrorism accusations and the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai. Videos run for between 60 and 90 seconds with subtitles, so they can be watched without sound.