filmmakers

Will Amazon move aggressively into content?

Amazon may be the internet’s dominant ecommerce company, but its ambitions extend well beyond retail.

It has fast become a key player in a market that is expected to become
very large — cloud infrastructure — and now it appears to be making some
moves into content which could be harbingers of things to come.

YouTube readies experiment with paid rentals

When Google purchased YouTube for $1.65bn in 2006, many questioned whether it could turn YouTube’s popularity into a big business.

Just over three years later, the answer appears to be ‘maybe‘. Google has made a lot of progress building an ad-supported business model for YouTube, but that alone might not be enough if YouTube is to realize its full potential.

Digital distribution might pay your phone bill: filmmaker

The future of media may be the internet, but that doesn’t mean that digital distribution’s present financial reality is stealing the show.

The recent rift between YouTube and the PRS in the UK highlights an uncomfortable fact: online distribution doesn’t quite rake it in like the offline distribution. Services like YouTube simply aren’t willing to pay as much for distribution rights as rights holders are accustomed to because these services aren’t generating a whole lot of revenue themselves.