Chris Jackson

#metabeers 15 march 2017: online-first tv shows

Spring has sprung, a week of sunny spells is forecast, and we’re looking forward to a bright, renewed #MetaBeers in the charming surroundings of the Crown Tavern on Clerkenwell Green, talking all about online-first tv shows

This follows on from February, where we looked in again at short form content. It was be 12 years and one day since YouTube started, so we looked at what role video shorter than a full episode pay today, how has it changed, and how will it change in the coming years. Alongside talks, we ate some delicious food, and enjoyed the only metadata pub quiz with floral prizes.

The next date for your diary (as advertised in our newsletter) is Wednesday 15 March from 6:30pm for a 7pm start.


#MetaBeers are our monthly get together with colleagues, friends, partners, and likeminded folks. They are spoken in plain English, and are a fun night out where we all expand our views as we consume the best ales and finger foods an English pub has to offer.

march: online-first tv shows

In March we’ll check in on online-only content. Content that’s not broadcast in a linear TV channel is now very real indeed. We’ll look at what’s working well, what looks like early hubris, and where this is all heading next.

the plan

We’re putting the finishing touches to our schedule. Here’s the plan for the evening, so far:

  • Chris — everything is amazing!
  • Romain — online-only or creative cost-cutting
  • Jamie — netflix exclusives (sort of)
  • Thomas — online content discovery – still not good enough
  • Mirona — online tv and the schedule
  • …and finally Adam — for the one and only metadata pub quiz, with prizes in bloom

how does it work?

You sign up to #MetaBeers, let us know you’re joining, and come along with all the +1s you like. We prepare talks, buy pints & treats, then we all gather round and make merry. We’re having as many 5 minute talks as needed to cover the theme, but never more than 1 hour. If you’d like a spot (this month, in May 2017, etc.) on the running order, do get in touch*.

back in february: shortform video

This all follows on from February, when we looked in again at short form content. It was 12 years and one day since YouTube started. Here’s the evening in tweets:

next time: what about april?

In April we’re going to swing unapologetically to the other end of the spectrum, and talk about the good old linear schedule. Love it, or loath it, it works, and remains the most popular way of discovering content. We’ll talk about what makes a great schedule, how to make it greater, and how a schedule is best presented to the audience. That’s on the 12th.

and in may?

Looking further into the future, on 17 May we’re going to talk about TV platforms. Whilst traditional cable and satellite TV platforms around the world remain strong, a mix of “over the top” and low-subscription and subscription-free challengers are now numerous. What role does the TV platform now play, and how will the landscape develop in the next years?

and after that?

If you’re the organised type, get these in your diary! Dates for the rest of 2017 are: 14 June, 19 July, 16 August, 13 September, 18 October, and 15 November. And the first #MetaBeers of 2018 is already set for 17 January.

But that’s still a way away. For now, please do join us on Wednesday, March 15th.

* drop a comment here, pick up the phone, tweet at @metabroadcast, reply our invite (signed up yet?), write us an email, come to the pub and register—lots of ways to get in touch with us!

Updated: a few times 13-15 March, to update the schedule.

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