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Live from NABShow 2010, facing huge changes in value constructions, among several major actors of the playing field, TV became more social, driven to another kind of content thinking and producing. Because audience becomes now the real influencers, because customer has, like any other sector, power to give voice and opinion, it burst the former theories of building TV. Getting it anytime, anywhere and increasing the effect of broadcasting progress, quality of picture and sound, and finding abillity to build new formats, new opportunities of consuing video, tv and online streamings, we’re facing a strong move in TV industry. Some lateral changes, and siding effects, because actors want to make other’s jobs, to add value, experience and increase their financial assets in their core business. But the essential quote now for TV, is a huge field of influencing: how medias, actors, audiences can live together and bring “social” and interactive concepts, to this industry. Trying to clear the situation, bringing some shifts like:

  • Contents, with formats and new abilities to generate audience and keep it
  • Quality: 3D, and sound improvements, bringing them to home market for a better experience ; the need for a standard to come (like HDMI 1.4 or middleware and soft enhencement with TV/box manufacturers). Like Sky said “re-defining the rule book”…; already saw large 3D screens for urban uses and ads broadcasting
  • Online web tv, video and streaming platforms and the new opportunities for entertainment, and also brand reputation, brand exposure and personal ads ; these fields is particularly impacted with mobility and mobile winning platform for tv/video entertainment (as we already see the next generation for mobile cast, in 4G)
  • Screens and equipment: LCD technology, 3D screens and cameras processing, dealing with existing settings
  • Connecting: see how IPTV boxes try to build connected platform with services, embed in manufacturers equipment ; see adb (adbglobal.com) for example or sling box with Echostar
  • Search: Google in the market for search TV, a function that never really existed, but can find a business model in targeting audience for ads, bringing search and indexation competences to TV with Dish tests-on. No evidence but the fact that everything is to come yet…
  • Ubiquity with slingloaded box from Echostar, the TV everywhere strategy for now…
  • Unseing middleware competencies, that stand the reactor for piloting datas, broadcast and services in a box/tv
  • Voice and sound improvement, despite the fact that no device yet is planned to be piloted with voice recognition, which could be an interesting feature to come. Future will tell…

Seeing Sony, including some browsing services as Google or Youtube browsing and so long, we just wonder if, filling tv with services is sufficient enough to modify behaviors, to complete convergence in “social” trends for TV. I already wrote on the subject and there’s obvious limits by now. But the increasingly involvement of people in creation (acting, doing something online, chatting, creating videos, music, art design…) is real, and boosts on the “pc-like” screens. Seems that influenced (target), now influences contents and services too: TV media always considered as one way media (one-to-many) gets wings: the ability for modern TV to be plugged on audience’s desires is a bright step toward customer relationship management. As many shows has developped licences, goodies…temptation is straight to adress the audience with added revenues like these sources.

The diagram shows us that a passive audience (influenced) become active through interactive TV and contents “home-made”, that can fill the timeline. Is TV becoming a marketplace with collaborative (in a group idea) ideas and community, I don’t think yet, keeping a private household network and enable only personal communications. But the commoditization of uses on other screens (laptops, PDA, pc) could make an envy to transform our old TV device: game box, that can be considered as individual act on screen, already did invade TV.
So the infernal machine “TV”, grows energy by users now too, by the fact that audience doesn’t want to be passive anymore and wants to give a call. TV actors must now learn to listen other things than audiences monitoring, but start to consider audience as customers who want to express themselves. Nothing special in fact, in a competitive economy trying to get attention and to keep it…

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Leave your old TV device, don’t trust it anymore, as the colour times, and more recently, HD times, there’s a new revolution out there : social voice. I tried therefore, times ago, to demonstrate some changes in TV world, and gave some points of view of what was our holy toy, in such social fields, and I must be right now in front of no way path : what build TV today, in these times with such collaborative initiates ? Is there any time anymore for journalism or are we all, some of them ? what can make the difference between speaks on great major channels, and individual advises, thoughts and comments ?

That it is, the way we arrived now.

Yes it did. The crowd of information, people thoughts, social revolution of ideas, tumbled down all we taught about value circle in TV world. How ?

TV’s interest is about entertainment, information, direct live, and represent anything but having a window on the world, live, without any move from your sofa. But nowadays, and since many years, Web makes it better. Why ?

Because we’re fed up spending too much time, wasting hours in front of TV soaps and nut stuffs, and we find so much infinite possibilities on web, enforced by 2.0 apps, and supported by many communities. God gave us speaking abilities (and writing too). But TV say “no, we don’t need to, just sit down, shut-up, look and listen…”. And web 2.0 gave us the rules booklet to use words.

How did the web lead the main changes on actual TV ?

Before : there was one channel, in black and white, everybody was looking the same things, and no hope for conversation and two ways relation ; a one to all market !

Then, technologies appeared : colors, high definition, digital, sound, time delay and shifting devices ; thousands of channels, for a one to many market, but with broadcast limits : the even new ways of broadcasting (digital terrestrial, satellite, or DSL/cable), can’t lead to the royal state : one to one channel, private channel that I’m the program controler, and decide myself WHAT and WHEN, I’m gonna look.

Now, Web (first tech, then uses) entered the dance, and recently 2.0 fields. What changed ?

1) technology : with DSL access, you can build your own network (friends, pictures, video…), that can be compared to “my web” ; as if the web was divided by numbers of users, and each user could easily create its own ; and the story of Web3.0, leading you to personal networks (beyond personal contents), starts to see some “UG Networks”

2) contents : UGC ; great or bad world…

– great for creation and enrichment of freedom and abilities ; a new field of playing with your neighbours, without knowing him yet, leveraging the individual potentials (musicians, writers…)

– bad for piracy, because, nothing ever belongs to no one ; or must I say, people think they can take, copy everything on their own without paying anything ; some music bands have given up hope of making money with their music, and win money on concerts and shows… ; and you find in several places in dark places on the web, movies that are not on screen yet…especially in DivX form ; who owns what ?

– contents on the web are growing faster than TV ones ; because of costs, probably, and profusion of new 2.0 applications every day, that adds cleverness to others existing yet : feeds, multi-posting, mobile/live (see for example twitterfone, for saving time spent on writing…)

3) use : PC screen (and mobile devices) replaced TV one

– as you can do anything from mobile device (PDA, phones, PC…), you can watch “a kind of TV”, chosing between TV live, Video on Demand, Catchup TV, downloading…Vlog, Blogs and so long ; it’s like the cake is always the same size, but several eaters entered to share it…leading each piece fewer…

– time : we don’t live right now, how we did twenty years ago. “At a time, a use” ; success of recording and time-shifting is growing ; but don’t solve anything in your “part of time”, of entertainment. See a post really fun about it on confused of calcutta’s JP Rangaswami there. When you’re tied within a time, you make your own choices and refuse to be under influence of classical TV ; you make your own, watching social web. Personnay, although I worked on it several years, I understand the escape of time toward the web…Less you have time, more your choice is accurate

4) last but not least, freeness…To get TV contents with value (actual, blockbusters, or live sports…) you paid the high price…And when you already paid the device, the service (VoIP, Web access…), how much money stay in your wallet…?

Welcome to kind UGC’ers, and the infinite land of creation. And for ones who wait for their awards, they can anyway enter in Second Life to get a virtual one…;-)

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We can’t still figure out how our uses has changed. Even our old inhabits must get new skin, in daily reflexes. For long times, Search engines and portals gave the tune, and made the market’s raise. And always driven to never stop evolution, Google and friends, had to show the way, and give more and more. They succeed, in a single concept, copied next by most competitors. “Mess with best, and die with the rest” could be otherwise the timeline and the basements of such corps. As in lots of others fields of industry, many things have changed because of…people…customers…you…us.

Yesterday’s rules won’t ever pass the test, because people, by power of technologies revolution, has so many ways to be more clever, in real time and always connected mind. And give the answer to many problems of brands, with interesting ways : passionned, motivated (often more than own employees), saving time more than ever, and the worst/best : being able to do it again. You found out what the message is, on UGC basements, open source advices, comments, and so long.

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Technology makes possible to find thousands of results, by SEO, in one second. Thousands, yes, the only one that we want, maybe no ; thousands of results yes, most of them noisy results ! Fortunately, there’s some brain inside, and these techs are really evolved indeed. But social media, computing, sharing, etc, is more targeted ; more friendly ; more efficient. Try it, ask a question on apps such twitters, facebook and so long and get the answer…in a few seconds ! stars and experts are online 24/7, to give you the best answer, for free ! And even if you look for more, some others buddies are going to start chatting, and raise the level of the topic and give you, more and more. Flowers of wiki, with the user’s code, aways listening, then purposing, sharing, in a circle of friends, always devoted to your personal desires and searches. Let me know if, for a while, it looks like better than bots, isn’t it…?
 
I’m often questionning myself about spending time on such lines and how many times will it go on, but imagine, in the “old ways”, how it would have been less fun, without it. It makes a part of my life ; personal, professionnal, and cross over frontiers and differences. I think about this, as the missing link, the digital link in our lives, invisible but always ready to help us, in any case ; and I hope it will go on, bigger and warmer than ever.

 

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The “before times”

Black and White TV has gone. At start, a tiny revolution, which was magnified with the first step on the moon’s event, has changed the world.
When I was young (not that I’m old but things go so fast…!), TV was a social meeting around information (there was often one way available…), and entertainment shows. Households, in the whole way, were driven to principal place of house, to disgust this rare moment. Right in front of the screen. No noise, no comments. Everybody was ready for the big show, a sacred event of family. Passive time of enjoy, fun and openmind to the world. From sofa.
One revolution which drives to an evolution : technology took us at one point of view, because of single channel…moved back and regression vs the choice of newspapers, and the choice of our opinions. Entertainment was soft, no porn, no violence, no drugs, everything was made for “a family moral environment”, to distress the whole bulk. Passive way in front of “under influence”. such a funny revolution…

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Politics and money go into the dance

Days have gone by, and the hypnotic power of TV has been revealed. Revealed and immediatly exploited, by “quiet strengh”, who were gonna drive the dance. Each habits have its dangerous plague : just like a twirling wind, addicted to TV flow, forgot to select any content, some part of “available brain”, which was ready to be fulfilled. There was the start of first diverges about the goal : many creatures were about to speak us with doubtfull messages : advertising, political topics and so long. The rise of TV power.
But, in the meantime, we forgot to have a conscient reflexion, about what we looked at, simply by the fact, that in our entertainment times, we want to get pleasure, we bend our natural defense and became unsuspicious. Gates are opened…
With sometimes ads which feel like entertainment…or entertainment which is sponsorized by brands.

Fashion, mirror of our minds

Then it becames a kind of fashion, daily dates, because of us : audience is made by our behaviors, we produce by ourselves, prices and conditions of the tool : if we can keep pressure on TV shows by exploding audiences, the fact is that sometimes good contents are never known, because no one take care about them. Life or Death, human judgement drives to one or other issue. And it rocks or not. And it costs or not.
And TV, reflects in someway, our principal dreams and fantasies : we take part of fashion, virtual and second life, thoughout the rythm of programs lives, and it becomes, in itself, a kind of fashion addiction. Then the bulk makes celebrity. and fashion calls fashion.

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Trash & Cash, the hard choice of making television

Because of this eternal race of recruiting new brain times, TV has to make more sensationnal crossroads. But to make nowadays, “programs-to-be-viewed-and-loved”, there’s not many fields of discovering while copying tabloids ways, without be boring stuffs. It might not, but it’s a fact that prime-time shows, all around the world (like reality shows), turn quickly to bullshit pieces, where most of the time, the speaker is the star !
TV viewers don’t want to be considered as nut anymore. They understood and learned not to be trapped in this damn spin machine.
In the same time, TV industry learned on how to struggle more, targets, with such suspicious shows : on suicide, drugs, sexuality field, and so long. It’s like, every evening, in some ways, people used to stare in trash bottom, agree with that, even love to go on, in the most organized innocence. That’s crapy stuff !

HDTV and so long : which quality for which programs ?

We found some development in technology, in the way that we improved the quality of picture definition. And fortunately, there’s still some good documentaries or sport events, which make the show !
There’s no still marketing interest if there’s no individual need : technology is never a goal in itself, it’s the way it improves your life, that makes the interest, on how it changes your behavior, your state of mind, your consumer uses. And what about HD on crapy shows…? no way

Web is born : after tech revolution, what about “content revolution” ?

Web audiences grow faster each day ; than ever. And catch million of viewers of all conditions, to get their attention elsewhere. And TV, specialized in trend discovering, showing all times better things to see, never saw threaten over there…and that’s actually really the problem.
Despite technologies which grows fast too, the final countdown is on contents ; and in the ability of finding on the web more and more, in free models, with high quality. And it’s a long history, because TV industry built the story on marketing, production and the ability of “magnify” TV rights, and not on broadcast ordinary stuffs on the flow. We already can find trash and reality web TV, did anyone find the next blockbuster or TV serial, or soccer final on the web, with such added value like channels do ?
I guess not so long, but technology is gonna help once more, to win the battle, and UGC is a further step beyond. TV now makes its market on the web, because of amator’s serial, which become famous ones. There’s a serious risk of swapping the roles : Maybe tomorrow, TV will be anything else but the “second life” of web renewal, and Web will be the first pay TV window of output deals with majors ?

Any idea for a scenario ? make the pitch.

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