Blip formerly bliptv was a media platform for web series content and also offered a dashboard for producers of original web series to distribute and monetize their productions The company was founded on May 5, 2005, and it was located in New York City where the headquarters was based and Los Angeles It was financed by Bain Capital Ventures, Canaan Partners, and Ambient Sound Investments Blip’s mission statement was “to deliver the best original web series to audiences across multiple platforms” The site showcased a wide variety of dramas, comedies, arts, sports and other shows Blip was acquired by Maker Studios in 2013, and shut down by them on August 20, 2015 It is in the process of bringing many of its former content producers to a new website, makertv
- 1 History
- 2 Market and business model
- 3 Popularity
- 4 Notable content
- 41 Channel Awesome
- 42 Rooster Teeth
- 43 Other content
- 5 Video features
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Founded on May 5, 2005 by Mike Hudack, Dina Kaplan, Justin Day, Jared Klett, and Charles Hope, bliptv was bootstrap funded by its founders for the first year of its operation The partners created bliptv shortly after they joined Yahoo’s video blogging group, and saw an opportunity to create a video-hosting site that focused on being “a best–in-class video hosting,distribution and monetization platform for independent producers of quality video content” The group acquired the bliptv domain, created the site’s original interface in a week’s time then began attracting producers and viewers who were interested in niche video content, such as the web series, for which the site has since become known
In 2007, bliptv secured funding from Ambient Sound Investments and in 2008 received additional support from Bain Capital In 2008, Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Moore teamed up with Blip, alongside Brave New Films, to distribute his movie Slacker Uprising, which was the first time a notable director released a free, feature-length film via the Internet
In 2009, bliptv’s distribution network grew significantly with the addition of new partnerships with YouTube, Vimeo, NBC Local Media New York and Roku In 2010, bliptv surpassed 100 million video views The following year, after reaching over three billion cumulative video views, the site underwent a massive overhaul The company rolled out a new logo and name, dropping the “TV” and becoming “Blip” Along with the redesign came a change in business policy, and instead of acting mainly as a video distributor, Blip then " its destiny as a video destination with a redesign that put the most popular bliptv web series front and center"
Following the departure of many of the site’s founders, Kelly Day, who had previously worked for Discovery Communications, was brought in as the company’s new CEO in 2012 Day brought on Max Smith, previously CFO of Talking Media Group, as the new Chief Financial Officer and Jason Krebs, formerly Tremor Video's chief media officer, as the new president of sales and marketing
In 2012, Blip announced the launch of Blip Studios headed by Steve Woolf, whereby the company works directly with brands, talent and independent producers of web video to create higher-quality content For example, The Gauntlet, a video-game competition series, was made in partnership with Blip Studios and Rooster Teeth productions Blip also has partnered with Yahoo whereby "Yahoo will promote 13 shows that Blip has distribution rights to on Yahoo Screen Blip will distribute 16 Yahoo video series on its destination site Bliptv"
As of 2013, Blip Studios also had exclusive talent and distribution agreements with Channel Awesome, Juliansmithtv, My Damn Channel, and others Blip Studios content had cumulatively received more than 250,000,000 views In the same year, Blip announced its intention to host content created by Ray William Johnson, The Dark Knight Rises producer Michael Uslan, and Fremantle Media North America, producer of American Idol and The Pet Collective
On August 21, 2013, Bliptv was acquired by Maker Studios The executive team of Bliptv was included in the acquisition
After the acquisition, some user agreement terms were changed, including new requirements that content must be demonstrated to be part of a series and of high quality Facebook commenting was added around the same time
Maker Studios shut down Bliptv on August 20, 2015 The website now redirects to makertv
Market and business model
With a focus on serial web show programming to the exclusion of other types of online video, "the Bliptv formula purposefully does not emulate the YouTube viral video sharing and friends and family video hosting model," according to ZDNet writer Donna Bogatin All revenue from advertising was split 50/50 between content producers and Blip
Since the site’s launch in 2005, Blip had amassed over of 2,500-plus independent producers and collaborated with more than 300 blue chip advertisers and 26 of the top 50 advertisers in the US, including GM, P&G, Microsoft, Google, Geico, and more Blip also enabled advertising partners to delivered fully customizable video advertising, including interactive pre-rolls and video overlays
In 2012, according to figures from ComScore and Quantcast, Blip had around 500 million global monthly views, and 40 million unique monthly viewers For comparison, YouTube receives over 1 billion global views per month The average viewer spend about 80 minutes on the site each month and the average viewing session on the site was about 25 minutes
Channel AwesomeMain article: Channel Awesome
Online media production company Channel Awesome began distributing its content on Blip in 2008 Over the years, notable Channel Awesome review-series have included The Nostalgia Critic, The Cinema Snob, and Atop the Fourth Wall The Nostalgia Critic videos themselves average over 100,000 to 200,000 views a week In October 2012, Blip announced a partnership with Channel Awesome and the creation of a new review channel on YouTube, The League of Super Critics The channel consists of well known web personalities including Nostalgia Critic, Nostalgia Chick, The Cinema Snob and Todd in the Shadows The shows cover a variety of topics including television, books, films and music
Rooster TeethMain article: Rooster Teeth Productions
Blip also had a partnership with Rooster Teeth, the producers of The Gauntlet, Red vs Blue, Immersion, and Achievement Hunter Red vs Blue has received much critical acclaim and won the award "Best Animated Web Series" from the International Academy of Web Television
Blip had been amassing exclusive comedy programming Through its partnership with My Damn Channel, the sixth season of David Wain's Wainy Days web-series will air exclusively on Blip Blip also hosts other My Damn Channel content including Daddy Knows Best, which stars Stephen Rannazzisi as a deadbeat dad, and video blog series Daily Grace Blip also had partnerships with online comedians Julian Smith and Ray William Johnson
After being one of the dozens of channels that were part of YouTube’s $100 million original channel initiative, FremantleMedia dropped its partnership with YouTube in favor of working with Blip on the production of The Pet Collective, which showcases short clips of animals Although the videos have continue to be distributed on YouTube, Blip had a first-run distribution window and acted as exclusive ad-sales agent for The Pet Collective
Viewing Blip videos on a PC or laptop required the Adobe Flash Player plug-in to be installed on the browser; mobile viewing was available through a mobile app that was available until early 2014 and functional until August 2015, along with an HTML5 flag on mobile browsers which allowed viewing of videos uploaded in H264 formats File size is limited to 1 GB for uploads on the Blip site The player is currently Flash-based The video quality on Blip is optimized using the H264 video codec and AAC audio codec using a high quality profile On the site, each show page is encouraged to have a show poster, header graphic and website banner
Blip’s policy was to block access or remove material that it believed in good faith to be copyrighted material illegally distributed or content which went beyond reasonable fair use guidelines
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- ^ Variety 2015-07-21 "Maker Studios Is Shutting Down Blip Next Month" Retrieved 2015-07-21
- ^ a b Donna Bogatin "Bliptv vs YouTube Founder talks 'The Real Deal' in exclusive interview" ZDNet
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- ^ Erick Schonfeld "With 1 Billion Views Per Quarter, Bliptv Becomes A Video Destination Interview" TechCrunch AOL
- ^ "So What Do You Do, Kelly Day, CEO of Blip" mediabistrocom
- ^ "Blip Gets into Originals with Blip Studios, Names Steve Woolf Pres" Tubefilter
- ^ techcrunchcom/2012/06/28/blip-original-content/
- ^ Jason Del Rey 1 August 2012 "Yahoo and Blip Ink Deal to Bolster Web Video Offerings - Digital - Advertising Age" adagecom
- ^ Philiana Ng "'Dark Knight Rises' Producer Sets Film Noir Superhero Web Series Exclusive" The Hollywood Reporter
- ^ a b Todd Spangler "Fremantle Breaks with YouTube on Pets Channel Ad Deal" Variety
- ^ "Maker Studios Acquires Web Series Developer and Distributor Blip" TheWrap
- ^ Roettgers, Janko 2015-07-20 "Maker Studios Is Shutting Down Blip Next Month" Retrieved 2016-07-24
- ^ "Blip Digital 2013" Cynopsis Media
- ^ "Bliptv gives videomakers a chance to be a star - USATODAYcom" usatodaycom
- ^ "CES: 'Squaresville' tops Web TV Awards" Variety
- ^ "Blip Inks Deal With Ray William Johnson" AdWeek
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