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  • How will we keep ourselves entertained over the coming year?
  • How will we keep ourselves entertained over the coming year?
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2016 Expert Outlook on Media and entertainment

Is time-shifted viewing the norm now? Has piracy had its heyday? How are the ways we consume media set to change in 2016? As part of our Expert Outlook 2016 series we speak to three media and entertainment experts about the future of the big screen, the small screen and everything in between.

Location Global

How will the way we consume media and keep ourselves entertained shift in 2016? Canvas8 sat down with Zack O’Malley Greenburg, senior editor of media and entertainment at Forbes, Barry Hertz, film editor and deputy arts editor for The Globe and Mail, and leading TV industry analyst Alan Wolk for an insight into the way the industry will change in the coming year.





  • Article image Deezer and BandPage: selling fans their favourite bands

    After years of growth, the music streaming market has reached a turning point; Beats Music and Rdio have closed, while Spotify is facing up to higher licensing fees. Deezer has partnered with BandPage to let users to buy tickets and merch from artists, but can it please both fans and musicians?

  • Article image YouTube Red: paying to skip the ads

    People don’t like ads, and the success of Spotify Premium shows that they'll pay to avoid them. YouTube is now offering a similar option in the form of YouTube Red, giving users an ad-free experience and exclusive content. How might the loss of commercials impact the future of the ad industry?

  • Article image MUBI: art house cinema finds a home on your smartphone

    While VOD services have given blockbusters a new lease of life, where can people catch up on all those local cinema gems? MUBI offers a hand-picked library of 30 cult classics to its seven million users on desktops and smart devices. How has it become the world’s largest art house theatre?

  • Article image How the internet is changing the television industry

    With on-demand services thriving and viewer numbers falling, is the golden age of TV over? Canvas8 spoke with Alan Wolk, author of Over the top: How the internet is slowly (but surely) changing the television industry, about how TV will adapt and whether the traditional ad model will survive.

  • Article image Why we all love live entertainment

    From televised musical spectaculars to streams of explosions on Periscope, live news and entertainment is available in more varied and accessible forms than ever. But in a multi-channel, multiplatform universe, how do you go about finding an audience for what’s happening right now?

  • Article image What’s the future of the blockbuster?

    In the summer of 2014, US box office figures were down 15%, and there were a string of spectacular film failures. The number of frequent moviegoers fell in every age group, but the biggest drop came from 18- to 25-year-olds. Has Netflix killed the blockbuster?

  • Article image Snowpiercer: a blockbuster straight to your bedroom

    Described as both a “revolution” and a “travesty”, the release of blockbuster dystopian movie Snowpiercer marks a tipping point in the industry’s shift from analog to digital. The film was launched in select cinemas before becoming available on video on demand just three weeks later. Could this mark the future of film distribution?

  • Article image Are we all turning our TVs off for good?

    We've never been so interested in TV shows - but we aren't watching TV. Instead, we're turning to online video - whether it's Netflix or YouTube. But new technology isn't solely responsible – a wider shift in lifestyles is creating a natural path towards hyper-diversification.