Facebook Ups the Web Video Ante

This entry was posted on Sunday, August 21st, 2011 and is filed under Latest News.

Recently the boffins at Facebook have really upped their game as far as web video is concerned. In response to the slow but consistent growth of Google+, and the continued rise in popularity of video content across the web, Zuckerberg & Co have unveiled a number of deals and ventures. We have a butcher’s at the ones affecting the UK.

 

The Miramax Experience

 

The ‘Miramax Experience’ will have ten films available initially to rent, for as little as 30 Facebook credits (roughly £2). They can then be viewed via a desktop computer, laptop or even an iPad for those people that way inclined.

 

Users get a generous window of 30 days to watch their rented movie, but only have a 24-hour viewing window once they’ve started watching.

 

The films on offer at this early stage are:

  • Chicago
  • Cold Mountain
  • Good Will Hunting
  • From Dusk Till Dawn
  • Jackie Brown
  • Kill Bill 1 & 2
  • Shall We Dance
  • Spy Kids

 

And for those little rascals with a penchant for Jessica Alba – Sin City is also included.

 

This venture clearly highlights the social media behemoth’s commitment to delivering top class web video content through their portal.

 

The Beautiful Game at your Fingertips

 

The opening game of this year’s FA Cup, between Ascot United and Wembley FC, was broadcast live on Facebook on Friday, August 19, courtesy of the competition’s sponsor Budweiser.

 

The contest – which would normally receive minimal interest at best – was watched by 30,000 people, in stark contrast to the 1,000 or so hardy souls who watched the game at Ascot’s Racecourse Ground.

 

A brilliant concept, this has probably paved the way for ‘bigger’ games to be broadcast in such a way, helping those who remain unencumbered by Sky Sports and ESPN subscriptions to watch the beautiful game from the comfort of their own home. Watch this space…

 

And Finally…

 

Even the BBC has jumped on the Facebook/Web Video marriage. Episodes of Top Gear are available to be streamed by users across the UK, Europe, the US & Canada and Australia.

 

Three initial episodes are available, at a cost of 15 Facebook credits – or 93p – each. So if you want to be bored rigid by Jeremy Clarkson’s right wing views for under a pound then you know where to go.

 

You could of course access them via the iPlayer, but that would defeat the object of this blog post. But the bottom line is that many of the Beeb’s top flight shows are likely to follow the lead of Top Gear’s example should this ‘test’ prove to be successful.