New This Week to VidAngel!
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As a father of 4 girls under the age of 5, my world needs a streaming platform that I can trust my little ones to enjoy while I grab a desperately needed 30 min Sunday nap. VidAngel is solving this problem, beginning with the release of Owlegories.
Owlegories is an amazing, animated series that follows a group of student owls on their adventures learning about nature, faith, and God. And my kids LOVE it…and I can TRUST it while I grab a nap.
I know my girls LOVE Owlegories because they now request “the owls”…even over Veggietales. And my wife and I are better parents because we get the much-needed Sunday nap without having to screen everything our girls watch.
This is the beginning of our effort to give parents of little children a break from the relentless needs of being a great parent without sacrificing your kids.
What features would help you give your kids a controlled TV experience that both you and they can enjoy? Let us know how we can continue to improve VidAngel for youngsters.
Update: April Fools!
Struggling film studio The Walt Disney Company announced plans to be acquired by media juggernaut VidAngel Inc. after weeks of closed-door negotiations. Disney, whose quirky indie properties “Star Wars” and “Marvel Cinematic Universe” failed to expand beyond their cult followings, threw in the towel after years of poor financial performance.
“Sometimes you have to know when to quit,” said Disney CEO Bob Iger in a prepared statement, noting that the company’s recent expansion into theme parks had proved even more calamitous than its work in film.
The deal comes as no surprise to analysts, who long anticipated Disney’s inability to compete with streaming behemoth VidAngel.
Indeed, Disney filed suit last year, claiming that its financial prospects would be “irreparably harmed” by the much-larger VidAngel. Similar arguments were made by Disney’s co-plaintiffs, the struggling family-run studio Warner Bros., and low-budget independent studio Twentieth Century Fox, whose financial woes have prevented it from updating its name for the 21st century.
The lawsuit proved to be too little, too late for the cash-strapped Disney, thanks in large part to its bungling of the fast-growing online filtering market.
“We thought we understood filtering customers,” Iger told reporters Saturday. “We argued in court that they wanted a filtering option that can’t add new movies, doesn’t offer HD or 4K, and can’t work on Apple TV, FireTV, Roku, Chromecast, Playstation, Xbox, smart TVs, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO, Showtime, or iTunes.”
“It turns out they wanted to filter movies,” added Iger. “You live and you learn.”
Prior to accepting VidAngel’s acquisition offer, Disney’s dire financial straits had forced the studio to begin making movies using only a computer, resulting in such box office duds as Zootopia, Inside Out, and Frozen, Disney’s greatest failure to date.
A Disney representative declined to comment on the selling price of the company, though sources close to the deal report a price tag easily north of $1,000.
Justice in the United States court system requires patience (this battle could take years to resolve), but we are trying to keep everyone up-to-date on the progress of the fight to #savefiltering. Here is our report on the appeal to the Ninth Circuit:
December 12th, 2016 - Judge Birotte issues a Preliminary Injunction. You can read the ruling here.
January 11th, 2017 - VidAngel files its Opening Brief on Appeal to the Ninth District Court. The introduction starts at page 17.
February 8th, 2017 - Disney filed its response (including Disney's standard manipulative mud slinging)
February 22nd, 2017 - VidAngel files its final reply before the Ninth Circuit hearing.
There is a lot to digest, but we feel that the final two paragraphs of our most recent brief sum it up well:
"Although the public interest in filtering is strong and Congressionally sanctioned, the injunction robbed the public of any viable means to filter. VidAngel is shut down; ClearPlay no longer functions for [streaming] new releases; and the Studios have scared everyone else away. "According to the Studios, the relevant public interest is in 'upholding copyright protections.' The Studios have confused themselves with the public. The actual public has no interest in seeing America’s only commercially and technologically viable filtering company destroyed through an unnecessary preliminary injunction. The legal questions in this case are as complex and novel as they are important. If the Studios prevail, they will be entitled to damages. If VidAngel prevails, they will not. In either case, there will be a final judgment that 'upholds copyright protections.'"
VidDevil operates on an eco-friendly model that re-uses the mature scenes cut out of movies by its sister company, VidAngel. “We realized VidAngel was just throwing away a lot of smutty scenes in movies,” said Harmon. See the full press release.
You may have noticed things have been changing around here. Everything is prettier and wittier.
The best change of all is that EVERY SD movie on our site is now only $1 with sellback. No tax. No fees. No extra pennies. ONE DOLLAR! In fact, we are so tired of pennies that we are rounding your credit up to the nearest dollar. For the cherry on top, our new “Auto-sellback” feature means you don’t even have to remember to sell it back. What kind of wizardry is this? We don’t have magical powers – we just like you. That’s why it’s now $1 for all SD movies.
To make life simpler, we have changed all movies to the same price: $20. HD, SD, new release, the 1930s Wizard of Oz… there is no discrimination. All movies and TV shows** are now $20. This means no more confusing prices when you are picking your Friday night flick.
Here’s a summary of our recent shenanigans:
All SD Movies are now $1 with sellback.
All movies and tv shows, both HD and SD, are now $20 to keep for good.
We created a new, prettier website and logo.
* SD Movies can now be sold back for $1 less than purchase price, meaning you only pay $1 for up to 24 hours of unlimited viewing of that particular film.
** You may be thinking, why do TV shows cost just as much as movies? That is a great question! We just want to make your experience as simple as possible by standardizing the prices across all shows. The TV shows will still only be $1-$2 with sell-back. In the future, we will be creating a way to buy whole seasons of TV shows if you want to keep the episodes. So hold tight if that’s what you’re looking for.
VidAngel has a brand new logo, tagline and interface on the website.
We designed the new system to solve three problems:
You know what? I came to VidAngel thinking, “I get to watch movies all I want for free as an employee.” However, I’ve never watched so little because we’ve been working so hard. My excitement has replaced my sleep and movies, and my back is aching for a chiropractor. It was all for you. You’re welcome.
I’m so stoked to announce the new VidAngel. Enjoy, and trust me, it’s going to get even better.
– Megan Rae Morton, Director of Product
We have spent the last 3 days reaching out to every contact we have at YouTube, trying to find someone who can reverse the damage trolls did to our video by flagging and blocking all of our videos for anyone with “safety mode” on.
After 36 hrs and a severely damaged viral campaign. Today we got back this apathetic response:
I apologize for the delay in getting back in touch. I ran this past various teams at YouTube and their feedback was the following: Content containing mild violence, sexual or other provocative content may not show up when using Safety Mode.
Unfortunately that’s about all they’re able to provide — they also shared this link with me in case it helps to have more context on safety mode.
I apologize I’m not able to help more on this issue but appreciate your patience.
The irony is that ALL but one of our VidAngel videos are blocked in “safety mode”, not just the viral one we released with G/PG paintball marker mild “violence”.
There is no option for appeal. Another rep (who is on our side and trying to help without luck) said that YouTube doesn’t even have a department for this kind of problem.
This response is coming to a team which has signed off on millions upon millions in YouTube advertising spend over the past 4 years (Orabrush, Orapup, PooPourri, Endorse Liberty Super PAC…). In the past I’ve always been impressed with YouTube’s willingness to help on this kind of stuff, but this time I am getting nothing but apathy.
If you are concerned and want to help, you can voice your concern to Google here on this forum.
With 700k views in 5 days, YouTube “Safety Mode” is currently blocking families (or anyone with “safety mode” turned on) from seeing our viral ad promoting awareness about the rise of inappropriate content in media. Unfortunately, it doesn’t stop there; our entire YouTube channel appears to be affected. We suspect this is being caused by trolls or haters flagging our videos as inappropriate content despite its family centric message and G/PG rated content. It seems Youtube provides no quick solution to getting these problems fixed, and thus jeopardizes our entire marketing campaign because our message is being censored from the very people it’s meant for.
Families (with “safety mode”) are Blocked From Finding VidAngel’s Video in Search:
Now, to make it show again:
VidAngel’s message uses paintball markers, exhaustive safety measures (see behind the scenes) and G/PG rated type action to make a powerful point against swearing, promiscuity, and graphic violence in media. The video is about parents right to control what and how they watch media in their own homes. This family-message is now being censored similar to graphic sex scenes, graphic violence and other un-family-friendly content.
ALL but one of VidAngel’s Videos Are Censored:
If you visit VidAngel’s channel you will see that YouTube isn’t just blocking our viral paintball hit but all of our videos except one:
SAFETY MODE ON:
Examples of Content NOT Blocked (compared with blocked VidAngel content):
|VidAngel’s Videos Are Blocked From Families||Not Censored On YouTube|
|VidAngel Video Promoting Awareness about the rise Profanity, Violence, and Promiscuity in film.||Disturbing and graphic Game of Thrones Death Scenes with over 300k views|
|VidAngel How it works video without any paintballs markers at all.||Assassin’s Creed Trailer LITERAL with graphic violence and gore.|
|Behind The Scenes for VidAngel going over the MANY safety precautions used in filming with paintball markers||A couple of guys playing the FIFA video game, using the F-word and shooting each other with a paintball gun with no safety equipment. Almost 6 million views.|
75% Drop In Conversion Rates
VidAngel’s target audience is everyone who uses “Safety Mode” on YouTube. Instead our video is now only reaching those who don’t care to even use YouTube safety features, let alone the more robust safety features of VidAngel. We are still going viral but the crowd we are trying to reach is being blocked. We have seen our conversion rates drop sharply by 75% after the 24th of July when the censoring began.
Dislikes Have Increased by 300%
Because the video is being blocked from our target audience we have seen a massive decline in our likes to dislikes ratio.
How Many Marketing Campaigns Is “Safety Mode” Destroying?
We are aware that this kind of censoring can be triggered by haters gaming the YouTube feedback system to get VidAngel blocked. We assume this is the case as our video could easily be displayed on national TV. In addition The Piano Guys, one of the most family friendly YouTube channels on the Internet, posted our video to their Facebook page and had a 400% better response than their average post.
Unfortunately this kind of mistake in YouTube’s system can completely destroy months of work and lots of money invested in a large viral marketing campaign. We hope YouTube will remedy this ASAP. This issue is not limited to VidAngel, but MANY marketing campaigns where enough haters ban together to get an ad censored in safety mode.
This also shows the need of a system like VidAngel on YouTube for parental controls that actually work.
Help us get “Every Word Has Impact” out of Safety Mode. We opened a support request on YouTube’s support forum. Please post a quick reply here to let YouTube know you would like this problem fixed. We hope that with your help we can get the attention needed to resolve this ASAP. If anyone is aware of a quicker solution, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your support!
What are affiliates? VidAngel affiliates earn money for each new person they send our way (that signs up for a FREE trial). Pretty simple, eh?
You scratch our back, we scratch yours (technically, you scratch the customer’s back too—they get a FREE trial after all). Your job is easy: just cordially introduce us to them so that they’ll instantly fall in love with us at first site (yes, that was a blatant pun for “website”). It’s our job to win their undying love and loyalty by being awesome and not being stupid. It really comes down to chemistry. If we’re a good match, you make money for playing match maker. Make sense?
Check out our VidAngel Affiliate Program page for more details on how to qualify and get started. We’d love for you to become an affiliate and introduce us to all your cool friends. BTW we shower regularly, wear deodorant and brush our teeth and tongues 🙂