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Monday, November 27, 2006

Monday links: Survey suggests as online video viewing increases, TV viewing drops...and more

- This Reuters piece suggests that Brits are watching less television as their consumption of online video increases. From the piece:

    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?