The recent use of streaming platforms that allow comedians to offer comedy specials directly to their audience is absolutely no laughing matter. In December of 2011, world famous comedian Louis C.K, star of the sitcom “Louie”, released his special “Live at the Beacon Theater” as a $5 download from his personal website. Within 72 hours, C.K. had walked away with nearly a quarter-of-a-million to show for his efforts, and to date the special is closing in on nearly a million. Within a few months, Aziz Ansari, the star of NBC’s hit “Parks and Recreation” took the cash cue and also offered his special “Dangerously Delicious” as a download directly to his fanbase. Although Ansari has not released his numbers, most suspect that he found similar results in the experiment. It appears that a new day has dawned for American comics. The advent of paid content has allowed comedians and other entertainers to offer their performances directly to their audience and sell comedy videos online, thus cutting out costly middlemen. It used to be that stand ups who wanted to sell their material, whether it be in the form of DVDs or televised events, were at the mercy of studios, networks, and distribution companies. This meant that each chain in the sales link took a larger and larger portion of the profits, often leaving the performer with only pennies on the dollar for their efforts.
I would argue that good media has no expiration date. There are associations, conferences, and companies all across the globe that leave money on the shelf every day by ignoring the usefulness of their existing media library. Mountains of amazing content, gathering dust, instead of revenue, simply because it is not being put to proper use. Do not misunderstand this: your previous media content has value. The material contained within can entertain, inspire, and educate. But how do you make this material accessible to your paying customers? Pivotshare has a tool designed to make your older media as relevant as anything you might create in the future. Pivotshare has created a tool for our customers known as “media markers.” These media markers work very much like tabs in conventional print media, allowing the creators to section off, and more importantly, label points in their videos using any sort of categories they wish. This transforms commonplace archives into searchable video, allowing customers to jump directly to the portion of media they need or want, instead of having to wade through a sea of footage.
Everyone loves viral videos. Who hasn’t passed along a hilarious clip they found in their morning in-box that brought a smile to their face? Some of these classic clips have registered hundreds of millions of hits on an ever-growing variety of viewing platforms populating the web. Because of ad-based revenue models, these internet sensations have garnered some pretty hefty paychecks for the select few who were lucky enough to have their digital camera in the right place at the right time. But what about the rest of the video-producing world? People love viral videos for a variety of reasons. They’re usually hilarious and they’re extremely easy to send to our friends. But they are also free. Would anyone pay to watch a viral video? In most cases, the answer to that question is a resounding “no.” No one will pay to watch short clips on the internet. But what if a video doesn’t fit into that “viral” category? What alternatives are there for the rest of the video content producers on the planet? All videos are not created equal. Some fit perfectly into the YouTube-style business model. But what about those that do not?