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The Internet Comes of Age

Buffering… Growl. You twirl your thumbs, waiting for a webpage to load… For your average 20-year-old, buffering is like black & white TV and typewriters – something out of the history books. These days, internauts are used to lightening quick browsing and social media access! But even the old-timers who grew up without the Web now listen to Deezer, watch TV on their smartphones, and check their Facebook while waiting for the bus!

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Memories of life in the Web’s Paleolithic age are fading as high-speed Internet has relegated buffering and interminable page loading to the annals of history. Mag 88 takes you on a whirlwind tour of web tech’s streaming success:

  1. The Deezer success story
  2. TOP 5 ways streaming’s changed our lives
  3. 3 questions to Olivier Ravanello, CEO of Explicite, the 100% web-media news outlet
  4. Barack Obama’s streamed live interviews
  5. Who holds the world record for live video views?
  6. The loopy marionette from Top Streaming
  7. What’s next after music streaming? Streaming Awards?
  8. Prince is streaming his way back into our lives
  9. Streaming tomorrow: Much more than a simple screen
  10. Festivals, the Super Bowl, Emma Watson: Live streaming on the rise
  11. Streaming and radio stations : a virtuous circle

Fasten your seatbelts, destination pop culture!

Chris Anderson, curator of the TED Talks:

It’s no exaggeration to say that, at some point, web video is going to accelerate scientific progress.

The Deezer success story

The infographic - February 15, 2017

In a mere 10 years, Deezer’s clambered up to number 3. The streaming platform’s a blue-chip, made-in-France success (cock-a-doddle-do). 11 key dates:

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TOP 5 Ways streaming’s changed our lives

Gimme 5 - February 15, 2017

It was for the 1% (geeks, not Wall Streeters) in the early 2000s, but now we’re all streamers.

1. Allows us to listen to music anywhere, anytime. Remember the Walkman? The Diskman? Dead batteries in the middle of your favorite tune? Now we load up our smartphones so we can chill with Bowie on the commute, Daft Punk on vacation, and your killer mixtape before the job interview.

2. Broadening our musical horizons. Back in the day there were newspapers, then radio, then TV. And with the Internet, the post-Gutenberg era is here for good. Astronomical amounts of data, videos galore, podcasts, TED talks, language learning on YouTube… It’s a Brave New (digital) World.

3. We’re all hooked on series now. We used to patiently wait a week to see the next episode. High-Bandwidth and VOD put an end to that. Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, House of Cards, The Walking Dead… series are in these days, and our new addiction has a name: #bingewatching.

4. Bringing us the world: Livestreaming is certainly one of the most important recent innovations. The Web giants have delivered: Periscope (Twitter), Facebook Live, YouTube Live… Watch Africa Cup of Nations football matches, news reportage sites like Explicite, the lunar eclipse… The possibilities are endless!

5. Making cats the masters of the universe: Not since Ancient Egypt have cats enjoyed such status. With the Internet, they’re back on top, routinely smashing views records as the millennium’s undisputed YouTube stars. Rumor has it, though, that raccoons are mounting a challenge.

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3 questions to Olivier Ravanello, CEO of Explicite, the 100% web-media news outlet

The 3 questions - February 15, 2017

Independent, quality, digital: three adjectives that sum up Explicite, a new 100% Web news agency staffed mostly by journalists who quit France’s 24-hour news station i-Télé, furious over alleged editorial meddling and condoned sexual harassment. CEO Olivier Ravanello, sat down with our reporter!

Orange Pop: With Explicite, you’ve ditched traditional broadcasting for the Web’s advantages, like streaming and viewer flexibility. Are we at the dawn of a new journalistic era?

Olivier Ravanello: Explicite unites 2 complementary journalistic cultures: TV reporters, with their on-camera experience, and Internet journalists, with all their Web-savvy. We adapt content to the formats of popular social networks by developing our own news-specific apps. We’re not just slicing the 8 o’clock news up differently to make it mobile-compatible, like traditional broadcasters do. We offer a whole different format, with more efficient and thorough coverage. That means the kind of nuance and in-depth reporting that cross-pollinate wide news stories.

O. Pop: “Technological maturity” is the tipping point when the general public adopts an innovation. Streaming is already there, and the on-line press exists (Les Jours, Le Quatre Heures, Brut…). Has digital journalism also arrived?

OR: The Web format acknowledges a social shift, providing 3rd Millennium citizens with the tools they want. People are clamoring for independent news media. App and social media innovation enables us to provide high-quality, independent, digital news that any smartphone can receive.

O. Pop: What are the constraints specific to Explicite, and Web media in general?

OR: One constraint is the market for Internet-based news. It’s rapidly growing but hasn’t yet reached its economic potential, paling in comparison to TV advertising. The other constraint is just natural human resistance to change: news has always been free. How much does quality news cost? What’s it worth? We’ll have to pay if we want quality, independent news.

We need a viable economic model and investors who believe in this thing. Our crowdfunding drive is very promising, with the support of 60,000 so far on social networks. We’re true believers and think we’re the right thing at the right time.

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Olivier Ravanello, shakin’ up the French media scene © Explicite

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Barack Obama’s streamed live interviews

A picture says it all - February 15, 2017

YouTube just posted Access to Power, interviews with Barack Obama while he was President of the United States, by YouTubers and American citizens. Some are sit-down, face-to-face interviews and some are snippets of Google Hangouts video chats.

Americans vetted by Google News Lab reps got to talk directly with the President by webcam. West Wing decorum takes a hit.

Youtubers, like GloZell, Ingrid Nilsen and sWooZie, pulled no punches with questions on police violence, terrorism, racism, firearms, and some left-field querries, too: “Why do some states apply luxury-tax rates to tampons?” And, “If you could be a Star Wars character, which one would you choose?” Answer: Han Solo.

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Who holds the world record for live video views?

The killer question - February 15, 2017

Named 2016’s Person of the Year by Time, he’s the president of the world’s greatest democracy. Donald Trump holds the new views record for Periscope, Twitter’s live video streaming app, for the video of his inaugural speech.

Trump’s inauguration on 20 January 2017 beat the record: over 6.82 million viewers tuned in to see the event live on his Twitter account. Internauts chimed in with another 12 million tweets relating the inauguration!

The old record was set during the American presidential election on 8 November 2016, with 6.8 million on a live feed. One thing’s for sure – Trump is all about excess.

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Jimmy Buzz, the loopy marionette from Top Streaming

Who's who - February 15, 2017

Jimmy Buzz broke the TV host mold. Contrary to Alicia Fall, his co-host on Top Streaming sur Cstar, he’s all peps and flex. “Jimmy’s the epitome of the TV host. He’s cheeky, charming, and cheerful,” declared Christophe Albertini in Le Parisien, May 2015.

Yes, Jimmy and Christophe are one and the same, the latter is Jimmy’s puppetier. Christophe Albertini appears on the French satirical show Les Guignols and The Muppet Show.

The show is a review of the week’s best streaming moments, dissected with a mix of humor and gravitas. Jimmy Buzz knows a thing or two about off-beat interviewing. His chat with French afro trap phenom MHD, is a gem!

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Jimmy Buzz, the marionette who’s shaking up music streaming, with rapper MHD © CStar

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What’s next after music streaming? Streaming Awards?

Music - February 15, 2017

Music streaming sites count worldwide subscriptions of 100 million users and are the industry’s new business model. The old yardstick – number of albums sold – is history. The key stat now is number of streams. It’s a watershed moment: music execs now focus on negotiating with streaming services. Thanks to streaming outfits like Deezer, we have millions of songs at our fingertips!

Not only has streaming up-ended the way we listen to tunes, it’s a game-changer for young talent. Record it in the garage, upload it to the Soundcloud, spread your fan base, and get yourself signed by a swank label like Jonas Aden’s (Spinnin Records) and Kungs (Universal).

But even with their Soundcloud notoriety, some young bands still aren’t on the big boys’ radar (MTV Awards, American Music Awards… ) because they don’t have a label. Imagine a Streaming Awards or adding streaming favs to the awards category list.

Chance the Rapper likes the idea. In a recent tweet, he suggested that his next CD may be a Soundcloud-only release. Since they’ll doubtless be Grammy quality tracks, he may just be right!

Chance the Rapper song nominated for a 2017 Grammy:

If you have a Deezer account, kick back and enjoy Chance’s whole album.

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Prince is streaming his way back into our lives

Stories - February 15, 2017

Prince is officially back! Well, streamingly speaking… 😉

Notoriously protective of his intellectual property and suspicious of streaming, back in 2015 the pop star had famously pulled back his entire catalogue from all music streaming platforms. Over 20 albums and compilations of his were no longer to be found, including legendary albums like Purple Rain and Controversy.

However, since his death last year at the age of 57, Warner Bros has been teasing the revival of “the Emperor of Pop” (to quote Stevie Wonder). Well, the wait is over – it is now done – Bruno Mars’ 2017 Grammy tribute marked the official return of Prince “online”!

For the occasion, Warner Bros is also planning other exclusive releases: remastered and unheard editions of his old albums, compilations of concerts…

For those of you feeling nostalgic, and who cannot wait for the new content to come out, take a walk down memory lane and visit the Prince Online Museum – “a dedicated online memorial in the form of a ‘museum’ collating two decades worth of web activity on one site” 🙂 

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Streaming tomorrow: Much more than a simple screen

Stories - February 16, 2017

Thought streaming and reality were two separate worlds? Think again…!

Fed up of toeing the same line, big boys like Netflix are pushing out the boat, expanding the ways in which we use the service. Recently, Netflix unveiled plans to release a new range of products after a number of their hit TV series. Want to wear your House of Cards t-shirt, while you sip from your Orange Is The New Black mug? You got it 😉  

It’s not all about style, either. Streaming has taken over our personal lives, creating viewing habits that have a life of their own. While binge watching is on the rise, so is “streaming cheating” – an act that sees one half of a couple skip ahead in a series to find out what happens next. Worried you’re affected? Don’t worry – Netflix recently released a survey to uncover cheaters once and for all!

Netflix also intends to end streaming debates. New user profiles will gather the preferences of multiple viewers at once, creating a collective catalogue of recommended films. No longer will your viewing habits be a question of debate; soon enough, everyone will be happier thanks to a better integrated system. Here’s to life in full colour 🙂

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Festivals, the Super Bowl, Emma Watson: Live streaming on the rise

Stories - February 17, 2017

Although streaming is mostly known for its impressive libraries of content (Deezer, Orange OCS…), its “live” mode is now on the rise!

In a world where anybody, anywhere, can be reached in an instant, more and more businesses are placing their bets on live streaming. Companies such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Youtube have already added “live” features to their platforms – a strategic choice to not lose their users.

Surprisingly, other companies (non social/media related) also want a piece of the pie!

The Sundance Festival, for example, plan on live streaming this year’s event – a first step into “live” for an independent film festival!

Snickers, on the other hand, went all in. Before its Super Bowl LI commercial – during which it aired the first-ever live commercial in Big Game history – Snickers gathered hype for its ad with a 36-hour Facebook Live broadcast. A bold move with Adam Drive which proves that live streaming has a bright future!

Keep your eyes wide open next time you’re in the street, you might bump into Emma Watson live streaming life advice for $2… 😉  

So I just “ran” into Emma Watson at Grand Central giving advice for $2 through an iPad booth… #welcometoNY #keepitweird #emmawatson

Une publication partagée par Laura Berazaluce (@lauberazaluce) le

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Streaming and radio stations: a virtuous circle

Stories - February 20, 2017

As you might have already noticed it, Disney is into remakes 🙂  “Alice Through the Looking Glass”, “Tinker Bell”, “Snow White and the Huntsman”,… and now “Beauty and the Beast”!

Although Disney’s 1991 animated romantic fantasy has already been adapted into a Broadway musical, fans are very eager to discover the live-action film featuring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens. But who says “remake”, says more at stake – as if following Frozen’s “Let It Go” and Moana’s “How Far I’ll Go” hits didn’t make it difficult enough!   

Consequently, Disney also fine tuned the musical casting: Céline Dion, Josh Groban and an exclusive Ariana Grande-John Legend soundtrack ! But will the duo gentle cover top Disney’s previous pop hits, which could easily be played on radio stations?

Well, one thing is sure, on streaming platforms the song is already a success: more than 2.4 million plays in less than a week! Just like with album sales, streaming works hand in hand with radio stations. Radio hits become streaming hits and vice-versa. Thanks to its streaming success, Ariana Grande and John Legend’s cover will surely find its way onto our radio stations. It might be soft and gentle, but streaming platforms have spoken!

“Beauty and the Beast”: Soon to be heard in your local supermarket… 😉  

For those of you with a Deezer account, here is the link.

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See you next week!

To be continued - February 15, 2017

Next week we’re putting down our controllers for our Smartphones 😉

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