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March 15 11:23am update:
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12 comments:

  1. Anonymous
    Posted March 14, 2008 at 3:04 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    the best thing to do is call the cbc at 1-866-306-4636 and email them at http://cbc.ca/contact/ and let them know that you watch this show every week and you urge them to reconsider canceling it. Best of luck!

  2. Anonymous
    Posted March 13, 2008 at 8:36 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Kevin said:

    >I would love to see a major fan reaction keeping JPod on air, but its online audience isn’t going to save it.

    What would be the best ways of reacting *outside* of online channels?

  3. Kevin
    Posted March 13, 2008 at 1:59 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Website hits don’t count for much when it comes to audience numbers. The industry lives and dies by the Neilsen box, so even if you had audited and verified web stats it wouldn’t count towards the numbers advertisers or Heritage committees care about. And as the original commenter mentions, they’re not getting JPod from the website anyway so this point is moot.

    As for other networks’ adventures in streaming media – I seriously doubt it’s profitable yet. Everybody knows they have to be in on the Web thing, but for traditional media companies, there still isn’t a definite way to make money off it.

    This may in fact be one reason the writers’ strike went on as long as it did – nobody wanted to admit to them that so far, there’s just no money online.

    The BBC’s iPlayer is a good first attempt to marry streaming and p2p, platform woes notwithstanding, but it’s publicly funded to the tune of several CBC New Media budgets, and not expected to make a profit. Right now the CBC’s feeling the pinch funding-wise, otherwise I’d expect that it would be trying cool stuff like this too.

    I would love to see a major fan reaction keeping JPod on air, but its online audience isn’t going to save it.

  4. marnina
    Posted March 12, 2008 at 9:12 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    First of all CBC can monitor the number of hits the website receives. Secondly like ABC and NBC and whomever they can stream jPod episodes with commercials therefore making money off the show and allowing the viewers to watch when it is convenient for them.

  5. Anonymous
    Posted March 12, 2008 at 7:12 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Kevin said:

    > It does raise the question though, if it had been on iTunes, would you have bought it from there instead of getting it off p2p-of-choice?

    Not likely – but if it means making that change to get another season then I would. Too little too late?

  6. Bytowner
    Posted March 12, 2008 at 6:58 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Good to see fan activism alive and kicking, in any case.

  7. Allan
    Posted March 12, 2008 at 6:22 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    No, I wouldn’t, because it was terrible no matter which platform it was on.

  8. Kevin
    Posted March 12, 2008 at 3:39 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Which raises an interesting question. Because I embrace new technologies of delivery for CBC programming, am I myself to blame for jPod’s low numbers and cancellation?

    Probably not, though another 10% or so on the numbers might just have helped save it from the axe.

    The media industry as a whole does need to catch up with new technology (they’re trying here with the streaming flash version of the show, but streamed video basically sucks if it’s longer than a few minutes, and just annoys the hell out of users). Maybe one day they will. But too late for JPod.

    Unfortunately, even if the new terms in the equation were big enough to matter, there’s no way to count them and no way to sell eyeballs on them, so they don’t matter at all.

    It does raise the question though, if it had been on iTunes, would you have bought it from there instead of getting it off p2p-of-choice?

  9. Anonymous
    Posted March 12, 2008 at 2:38 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Kevin said…

    > Imagine how convenient it’s
    > going to be not to even have to
    > bother downloading it!

    I’ve heard rumours of this
    high-tech wonder: that you can “broadcast” more than 100 users at a time, potentially millions, and that the receiver phones can cost as little as a few dollars and have “loudspeakers” that can fill the room with sound.

    This “radio” thing sounds as convenient as our flying buses, and we wonder if Jpod would be more successful if it was “broadcast” over the air to new technology receivers in every home brought to us by the CBC

  10. Anonymous
    Posted March 12, 2008 at 2:21 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Ha ha!

    Which raises an interesting question. Because I embrace new technologies of delivery for CBC programming, am I myself to blame for jPod’s low numbers and cancellation?

  11. Kevin
    Posted March 12, 2008 at 10:49 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Imagine how convenient it’s going to be not to even have to bother downloading it!

  12. Anonymous
    Posted March 11, 2008 at 10:53 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    I find it vaguely amusing but also disheartening that CBC has chosen to cancel jpod. Lack of ratings from its expected youthful demographic? Of course! They’ve put it on a Friday night.

    I don’t watch jpod on the CBC. I download it. Every week. So I can watch it at my convenience. Now, I realize that CBC’s advertisers may not like this arrangement, but as a Canadian, I find that this arrangement is the best way the CBC can service me. Am I the only one? No. So maybe the *TV* ratings may not be what the CBC wants, but there’s more to this equation than just TV now.

    (And I tried watching it on the CBC site to add to the number of viewers the CBC registers – but the online video is terribly jerky.)


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