Monday links: Survey suggests as online video viewing increases, TV viewing drops...and more
The ICM poll of 2,070 people for the BBC found that some 43 percent of Britons who watch video from the Internet or on a mobile device at least once a week said they watched less traditional TV as a result.
Three quarters of users said they now watched more TV online or on mobiles than they did a year ago.
Online video viewers are still a minority though, with just 9 percent saying they go online regularly to watch clips.
- This piece about the Carmike Theatres chain installing digital projectors in Virginia makes the important observation that digital movies aren't yet being transmitted to theaters by satellite.
- More on d-cinema for my Canadian friends: apparently, the Royal Theatre in Toronto (built in 1939) is reopening next month, with digital projection capabilities. The company behind the project is Theatre D Digital, a post-production firm. Here's more (in PDF form) from the Globe and Mail.
- Carson Daly seems to get that Web content requires much lower production costs. From a Hollywood Reporter piece, via CNET:
"I can't compete with the Dick Wolfs of the world and those producing The Office or My Name Is Earl," Daly said. "We don't have a tremendous amount of money, which leads me back to the Internet because with $5,000, we can do a lot now."
Though well situated in the TV world though a production deal at NBC Universal Television Studio, Daly has chosen to focus his production company on Internet projects. In June, it awarded 20-year-old Brooke Brodack a talent/development deal on the strength of her video commentaries on YouTube. It was the first time an established Hollywood figure struck a formal arrangement with an unknown off the Internet.
Daly has since used Brodack's madcap style on a Web site he launched with NBC Universal, It's Your Show, which rewards video contributors with cash prizes.
- A historical blast from the past... Check out this Quicktime movie, made by the Lumiere brothers and shown in Paris in December 1895 -- the very first time that tickets were sold for a movie show. Then have a look at this YouTube video. Does every young medium go through its hose-spraying phase?