Video portal Dailymotion will launch Riot from Wrong, a new documentary about the riots that shook the English capital, London, in 2011.The one-off doc from Future Artists and Fully Focused Productions follows a group of young Londoners as they examine the media and police reaction to the riots as well as speaking to their peers about what caused the mass disturbances and asking whether they could happen again.Future Artists’ founder Mark Ashmore said: “Modern social media like Dailymotion allows us to bypass the traditional media that got this so wrong in the first place and tell different sides of the story – so that those who care about the issues can get a more balanced picture.”Dailymotion will have the film online for one week, starting today, marking the first time it will be available publicly free of charge. The film has previously been screened at schools and universities.March Eychenne, head of international content for Dailymotion, said: “The deal highlights how independent content creators are increasingly looking to social media to distribute their content. This is not a slick overproduced documentary designed to make as much money as possible, it is an honest film created by people who genuinely care about this issue.”Dailymotion is backed by Orange, which last month said it plans to invest a further €30 million in the video-sharing site after talks with Yahoo! That would have seen it become an investor in the business failed. There are plans to open a range of new international Dailymotion offices, Orange CEO Stéphane Richard told local press late last month.
One in seven TV viewers now get recommendations about what to from social media, with the same proportion of Facebook users “always or often” using the site to discuss the shows they’re watching, according to new research.The YouView census into national television habits for 2014, which was carried out by UK market research firm YouGov, found that 12% of TV viewers got recommendations from Facebook and 6% from Twitter.Some 14% of Facebook users questioned said they always or often use the site to talk about the TV programme they are watching, while for Twitter it was slightly higher at 16%.“Nationally, those on Twitter at the same time as watching TV was just 4% although 8% of 18-24s admitted to sending tweets while in front of the box. For 25-34s it was 10%. In the battle of the sexes, women were far more likely to always or often be on Facebook while watching TV – 41% of women vs 28% of men,” according to the research.The study also found that roughly 60% of those questioned said friends and family offered the most useful TV viewing advice, compared to just 29% who said TV critics were similarly influential.The use of TV guides also dropped year-on-year from 30% to 27%. However, 10% of TV viewers and 17% of 25 to 34 year-olds said they now use TV-related apps on mobile devices.Some 59% of UK TV viewers said they now take evasive action to avoid spoilers about TV they have recorded, planned to stream later on catch-up or on demand. This rose to 68% among 18-24s.The YouGov survey was conducted online and questioned more than 2,000 people and was carried out to mark the second birthday of UK connected TV platform, YouView. read more
Vive Studios is due premiere what it claims is “the world’s first feature-length cinematic VR experience” at the Raindance Film Festival in London in October.7 Miracles was created in partnership with Panogramma and Film Production Consultants and recreates the seven miracles performed by Jesus Christ, as told in the Gospel of John, in virtual reality.“We are thrilled to push the boundaries of story-telling in VR with 7 Miracles,” said Joel Breton, general manager of Vive Studios.“Our amazing film production team has worked tirelessly to pioneer the technology for cinematic virtual reality and to bring the viewers back in time to experience the miracles of Jesus for themselves.”Executive Producer Enzo Sisti said: “Working on this project has been a wonderful experience for me and my team. This new cinematic VR technology has given my team and me a chance to create and tell more personal and intimate stories.”The title has been nominated in Raindance’s Grand Jury Prize: Best Immersive Story category and is due for release on all major VR headsets later this year. It is the HTC Vive division’s first feature film. read more
The European Commission has allocated €573 million in funding to support the deployment of fast broadband in Italy.The EU funding, covering 60% of the project’s eligible costs, will help bring fast internet access to areas where it is currently not available.More than Italian 7,000 municipalities will be covered, totalling 12.5 million inhabitants and almost one million companies.The project is part of the Italian Digital Plan – Ultra-broadband, the national strategy for next-generation access networks. It aims to ensure connection speeds of at least 100Mbps for 85% of Italian households and all public buildings – in particular schools and hospitals – and of at least 30Mbps for all by 2020.The project will in particular cover so-called ‘white areas”’ where market forces cannot deliver the necessary infrastructure upgrade, in all 20 Italian regions. The project should be completed by the end of 2020.Corina Creţu, Commissioner for regional policy said: “This EU-funded broadband project, which covers 20% of the Italian population, means unprecedented business opportunities, better public services and better quality of life for the Italian people. It shows what the EU is really about: working to improve everyday life for citizens, very concretely.”Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for digital economy and society, said: “A high quality broadband infrastructure is essential in today’s economy and society. Citizens will benefit fully from the Digital Single Market once they have unrestricted access to the best performing networks, which enable the widespread access to new products, services and applications. Such projects lay the foundations for an inclusive and competitive digital Europe.” read more