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THE FUSE: Global Film School; Satellite Internet Video; Broadband Future; and EMI's Music Videos

THE FUSE: Global Film School; Satellite Internet Video; Broadband Future; and EMI's Music Videos

by Tim LaTorre/EB Insider


Beginning today, indieWIRE will publish THE FUSE, a weekly news column from
EB Insider, a new online publication focused exclusively on the developing
Web-based film and video industry.

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>> Film School Hits the Net


Three of the world's foremost film schools -- UCLA's School of Theater, Film
and Television
, the Australian Film, Television, and Radio School, and the
National Film and Television School of Great Britain
-- announced this week
that they would be collaborating to offer Web-based instruction through a new
organization called the Global Film School. This new Internet institution will
be available to students throughout the world and offer classes in directing,
producing, screenwriting, editing, design, cinematography, music composition
and other film-related subjects. The online classes will be supplemented by
sessions in London, Los Angeles, and Sydney with industry professionals. In
addition to revenues from classes, the Global Film School hopes to expand
into a multi-service business operation. According UCLA film school dean
Robert Rosen in a Variety article last week, "the idea is to develop revenues
from advertising, e-commerce, and to develop a range of business-to-business
applications." Some of the revenues will be used to fund regular film school
operations at the respective campuses.


[For more information, visit http://www.globalfilmschool.com.]


>> Will Internet Video Be More Dependable Via Satellite

Tired of spotty service while you are trying to stream the latest fashion show
from Victoria's Secret? Internet video broadcasting is about to free itself
from the slowdowns and brownouts that are caused by intense user requests by
taking to the sky. Or at least that's the hope of SkyCache, a company that
currently provides satellite news feeds and cache services to ISPs in five
continents, which is teaming with content distribution giant Akamai Technologies
to improve the delivery of video on the Internet. The partnership will physically
interconnect the two company's networks and combine their technologies into a
large Webcasting solutions entity. SkyCache will broadcast video data feeds via
its satellite network to Akamai servers at local ISPs, thus allowing video
delivery to bypass the land-based routes that cause congestion and slow traffic
over the entire system. The new service is expected to launch in first
quarter 2000.


[For more information, visit http://www.skycache.com.]



>> Two New Reportes Make the Broadband Future Look Rosy

Two new reports released this week on broadband Internet access and interactive
video made the future of Web-based film and video look like more of an
inevitability. The first, by market research firm International Data Corp.,
states that high-speed Internet access via DSL is projected to increase to 27.3
million by 2003. While this would have seemed outlandish two weeks ago, the
recent FCC ruling forcing telephone companies to share phone lines with DSL
providers means that, with lower rates and better service, consumer interest
in DSL is likely to pick up. The report expects that 13% of all household
Internet connections will be made via DSL by 2003. The second report, by DFC
Intelligence, predicted that the interactive video market would reach $4.2
billion by 2005. The report divided interactive video and projected revenues
into several market categories ($ in millions): Internet on TV ($1,136),
personal video recorders ($1,105) , video-on-demand ($526), streaming video
($454), broadband video content ($431), on-screen overlays ($364), and
datacasting ($168).



>> Launch.com to Showcase Entire EMI Music Video Library

The recent renaissance in short form video entertainment on the Web just
received another player, this time from the music industry. In a move that
shows that music companies are learning how to exploit their property on the
Internet, EMI, the third largest music company in the world, this week announced
that it was licensing its entire music video library to Launch Media, a popular
music site that features video streaming. Through Launch.com, which has
2.1 million registered users, EMI hopes that the availability of its music
video library online will promote interest in older tracks and create a new
sales outlet for new music. In a recent CNET News.com article, David Goldberg,
CEO of Launch, commented, "we provide music listeners all the content they
want, and one of those things is video. We sell advertising against those
users, so the more videos we have, the more users we have. We also are in
the process of negotiating with a third-party retailer who will have the store
within our site."


[For more information, visit http://www.launch.com.]

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