Amazing but true. UK satellite TV station Hollywood Classics Network, which broadcasts on the Open Access TV network are offering Prime Time Ads for only £8 per 30 secs AD, with no minimum amount of Ads required. They are offering this during major films and they are broadcasting to over 8 million UK homes and 57 European countries.
Not only that, they are offering businesses, charities and ministries the chance for sponsored Airtime for only £50 for 15 mins of Prime Time. We have contacted them to get more information but this sounds like a fabulous opportunity for the right kind of artist. HCN broadcast Hollywood Classics and as such should get a lot of viewers, in theory at least.
The digital TV revolution, now competing with internet video ads means one thing. The cost of TV advertising and broadcasting will be going down. It may spark a similar revolution to the digital recording revolution which slashed the costs of making music, opening a lot of opportunities for independent artists and labels. Let’s hope the quality of TV programming doesn’t suffer, but this is a tremendous opportunity for labels to have their own Youtube style channel broadcasting artist EPKs, special concerts and so on. The potential is as huge as the net but on normal telly. This could ensure artists who don’t get airplay have an opportunity to reach millions.
Hollywood Classics Network, broadcast on Sky Channel 160 (Open Access 2), from 6pm weeknights & 12 midday weekends and Sky Channel 883 (Open Access 1), broadcasting from 6am – 9am everyday. They are the UK’s only free-to-air Movie & Comedy Channel, broadcasting the finest archives in free TV, with 1000’s of Classic Movies, big Star Films, & the greatest Classic Comedies from American Networks, so they should have a lot of ‘wholesome’ family content and would suit artists like Simply Red, Lighthouse Family and even Duffy.
You can find out more from http://www.openaccess.tv/hcn.htm or call HCN on 01604 882 581
They are a Coalition of Artists and Stake Holders and support their artists in a number of ‘alternative ways’. This is a new in a long list of new model ideas that have taken over the music industry. Basically, the new model means music is primarily FREE to the end user. Many do go on to support artists by buying signed merchandise, sponsoring and more. The future online is FREE, but this is not a bad thing.
If music and content is distributed free to the end user, but that content is monetised at source then a lot more people will be able to listen to music ‘guilt free’ while supporting new releases. They can then pay premium dollars for physical media and of course live appearances. I wonder what would be next in the wild frontier of online music.
We7 so far has the best strategy. The ads are embedded in the audio stream and will be listened to at least once. At the moment the ads are pointing back to We7 which seems like a sensible strategy as listeners are less likely to be irritated by an advert directing them to the site from which they came in the first place.
I put this track on my mp3 player and was bopping all round the room to it. Bassline is the latest mutation from the UK Garage scene and has already spawned a number of top 10 singles and I suspect we can prepare for a bassline onslaught this summer. While a lot of bassline songs are similar to their electro house counterpart in that they are just noise and crap, there is now a move amongst the producers and writers of this style of music to create something with a bit of a melody to it. Ed Case and Oggie have done this with their remix thanks to SKT. This is a HIT HIT HIT ! Ministry of Sound should pick this up straight away.
It also has smooth UK Garage version as well which you can enjoy from the Tube.
Already hitting the top spot in her native Australia, Gabriella Cilmi’s album has now reached number 10 in the album charts. It did so despite a stuttering performance by her single “Sweet About Me” which didn’t crack the top 20 in the UK. “Lesssons To Be Learned” is a decent album and is likely to stay in the UK charts for a while. Good luck to Gabriella and here’s to a UK number one !
Ok I will ignore the blatant “My Guy” rip off, but I actually found this quite refreshing. I have been spending a while looking for some good music online and I must say that the British retro ‘movement’ is producing the best music at the moment.
Duffy, is a singer with a bright future and I think that everyone should look at the UK for future pop sensations who aren’t over-tuned to death or who haven’t fallen down the i’m too credible i forgot how to write decent tunes, pitfall.
For the last few years I have been following the developments of the free music concept and have also conducted a number of tests of my own and have seen interesting results.
However, one thing I will say is that free music whether that be streaming or downloads will affect the music industry in a positive and negative manner but overall it will be positive for those who are prepared to make the switch.
One undeniable fact of the internet is that more and more people are spending more time online. In fact in Australia, for the first time, Internet video hours beat TV viewing hours and this trend will continue. Most people log onto Facebook, Myspace and other social networking sites and share music, video content and other applications while online.
Right now the most important signing for labels would be an online marketing expert who knows their Google from Azoogle and is able to maximise the label’s revenue from FREE content. In fact you should NOT leave it to the Imeem’s, Youtube’s and We7’s to monetise your content.
Labels and artists must now have their own Ad sponsored solutions on top of the licensing income they derive from doing deals with 3rd parties.
Funnily enough, the rise of free downloads will open the door to higher premium physical sales.
I have just been listening to my favourite 80s songs and I find it hard to beat Sade’s “Sweetest Taboo” or Tears for Fears “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”. These 2 songs will possibly feature in most people’s best 100 80s songs. Anyway enough of me waffling on about it. Have a listen to them now.
Check back and bookmark this page because I will be adding more songs to the playlist.
Here is a fantastic new ad campaign. Walkers have made the small town of Sandwich one of the most
exciting places in Britain. How did they do it? There are lots of
clues on the website – www.walkers.co.uk – and Sandwich residents are
already talking about it on Twitter (search for #sandwichevent).
Rumours are circulating!
It’s only the first part so check back regularly for the rest of the clues coming in the next few weeks.