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Tolle Ella-Fitzgerald-Doku: „Just One of Those Things“ (#FFHH19)

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Eines meiner persönlichen Highlights des diesjährigen Filmfests Hamburg war die wunderbare Doku „Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things“ (Offizielle Website).

Ich muss gestehen, dass ich mit dem Schaffenswerk der Dame selbst als Ex-Musikjournalist nicht wirklich vertraut war. Mir war sie vor allem durch ihren Kurz-Scat im Song „Birdland“ auf dem grandiosen Quincy-Jones-Album „Back on the Block“ intensiver aufgefallen:

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Why India Matters to Spotify, and Why it May Not Deliver

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There are two key reasons for such weak uptake to date:

1. Music plays a different role in India:Bollywood and devotional are two of the most widely listened to music genres, neither of which are mainstays of subscription services, nor streaming music consumption in general.
2. Income levels are low:the average per capita income is $553 a month, with the luxury of a music subscription far out of reach for most Indians, other than urban elites. Spotify’s $1.80 price point in India may sound cheap, but relative to average income, it is 9.3 times more expensive than $9.99 is in the US. So, Spotify would need to be priced at $0.19 to be the same relative affordability as in the US, which coincidentally is the price for its day pass.

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Warner Music and Spotify have been involved in a rather unseemly and very public spat this week over Spotify’s India launch. I’ll leave for someone else, the discussions of the potential implications of a blanket license for songwriter rights in India for an on-demand streaming service. Suffice to say, the words ‘can of worms’ come to mind. Instead, I am going to focus on why India matters so much to Spotify.

The next one billion, perhaps…

Spotify’s Daniel Ek has made much of addressing the next one billion internet users as part of Spotify’s long-term opportunity. Given the fact that China is effectively off the table for now and that sub-Saharan Africa is probably a generation away from being a major streaming market, India is the key component of that next one billion.

Europe and North America accounted for 69% of Spotify’s subscriber growth in 2018. While this…

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3. März 2019 at 21:21

Soon to be the Biggest Ever YouTube Channel, T-Series May Also Be About to Reshape Global Culture

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India is a problematic market for streaming monetization. It has 1.4 billion consumers but just 330 million of those have smartphones. There were 215 million free streaming users in 2018 but just 1 million paid subscribers despite leading indigenous players like Hungama and Saavn having been in market for years.

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pewdiepie tseries

Some time over the next month or so a YouTube landmark will be passed: T-Series will pass PewDiePie as the most subscribed YouTube channel on the planet. As of time of writing T-Series had 75.4 million subscribers compared to PewDiePie’s 76.4 million. (PewDiePie’s lead was narrower but he has mobilised his fan base to delay the inevitable.) But do not mistake this milestone to be a narrow measure of the shifting sands of the YouTube economy. Indeed, it tells us more about the future of streaming as a whole (both music and video) than it does the current status of sweary Swedish gamers.

For those of you who somehow do not yet know who T-Seriesis, it is a leading Indian music label and movie studio – it in fact claims to be ‘the biggest – that is the world’s largest YouTube music channel and before long it will likely be able to drop…

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24. Dezember 2018 at 20:27

Oh, the passion! (Bollywood rock’n’roll from 1965)

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10. März 2017 at 2:05

Don’t miss the brilliant music documentary „Searching for Sugar Man“ (free streaming until March 23)!

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My favorite movie of Filmfest Hamburg 2012 (blog post in German) is being streamed for free by German/French public broadcaster arte until Monday, March 23, 2017 (link to arte’s media library). Watch the trailer of „Searching for Sugar Man“, „the incredible true story of Rodriguez, the greatest ’70s rock icon who never was“ (Rotten Tomatoes):

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Meine Empfehlungen zum 24. Filmfest Hamburg 2016: Tweets & Trailer (#FFHH16)

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Seit Donnerstag, 29. September 2016, läuft das 24. Filmfest Hamburg. Hier sind meine spontanen Kurzbewertungen der bisher gesehenen Filme (Höchstpunktzahl: 5), die ich direkt nach dem Kinobesuch zu twittern versuche. Ich verwende dabei den offiziellen Hashtag #FFHH16. Die Liste wird ständig aktualisiert. (Hier geht’s direkt zu den Updates von Samstag (1.10.) / Sonntag (2.10.) / Montag (3.10.) / Mittwoch (5.10.) / Donnerstag (6.10.) / Freitag (7.10.) / Samstag (8.10.).)

Am ersten Freitag gesehen

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Looking back at the 13th Indian Film Festival (Indisches Filmfestival) Stuttgart (#IFFStuttgart)

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Since 2005, I have been visiting the Indian Film Festival / Indisches Filmfestival Stuttgart (my 2016 preview) almost every year. Here are short Twitter reviews of the 18 movies I was able to watch this year (sorted by rating, the highest one would have been 5 stars/*****):

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25. Juli 2016 at 22:29

My movie selection for the 13th Indian Film Festival (Indisches Filmfestival) Stuttgart (#IFFStuttgart)

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For the first time in years, I was able to thoroughly prepare for the Indian Film Festival / Indisches Filmfestival which starts in Stuttgart/Germany today.

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Deepa Mehta at 15th River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival (#R2RFIFF) / Looking back at Stuttgart’s #IFFSTR15

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River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival

Deepa Mehta at the 7th Annual Canadian Filmmakers’ Party 2012 (Photo: Canadian Film Centre / Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license)

Deepa Mehta at the 7th Annual Canadian Filmmakers’ Party 2012 (Photo: Canadian Film Centre / Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license)

Announced today: Indo-Canadian film director and screenwriter Deepa Mehta will be the guest of honour at this year’s River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival in beautiful Florence/Italy (from December 5 to 11, 2015) – always my favourite movie fest of the year.

From Deepa Mehta’s Wikipedia entry :

[She is] most known for her Elements Trilogy, Fire (1996), Earth (1998), and Water (2005); among which Earth was sent by India as its official entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and Water was Canada’s official entry for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, making it only the second non-French-language Canadian film to put forth for consideration in that category (the first being Zacharias Kunuk’s 2001 Inuktitut-language feature, Atanarjuat), and the first to receive an Oscar nomination. She also co-founded Hamilton-Mehta Productions, with her husband, producer David Hamilton in 1996. She was awarded a Genie Award in 2003 for the screenplay of Bollywood/Hollywood. In May 2012, Mehta received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, Canada’s highest honour in the performing arts.

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Meine Empfehlungen zum 23. Filmfest Hamburg 2015: Tweets & Trailer (#FFHH15)

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23. Filmfest Hamburg 2015

23. Filmfest Hamburg 2015

Seit Donnerstag, 1. Oktober 2015, läuft das 23. Filmfest Hamburg. Hier sind meine spontanen Kurzbewertungen der bisher gesehenen Filme (Höchstpunktzahl: 5), die ich direkt nach dem Kinobesuch zu twittern versuche. Ich verwende dabei Hashtag #FFHH15. Die Liste wird ständig aktualisiert. (Hier geht’s direkt zu den Updates von Samstag/Sonntag/Montag/Dienstag/Freitag/Samstag.)

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