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UBC-TV Lands Deals with Roku and Amazon Prime; The State of Media and Tech

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Happy 2017 EVERYONE!  This will be a very interesting year indeed.  New regulations in media and business. It’s indeed the wild west.  2016 was a very unusual year but it was a groundbreaking year for my company UBC-TV.   Besides the heartbreaking losses of many icons and legends and the stressful election; I can say the year was good.   If anyone knows anything about me; I am committed to expressing creativity that is not in a box.  Too many companies do the same ole same ole and it has become boring to most people. What I saw in 2016 was a lean towards more diversity in story telling and the way stories are told.  Also more openness to getting new producers and talent into the mix.

I feel the world has kind of caught up with me in some ways. I have for years talked about multi-platforms before they became sexy.  Now we are in fact in a multi-platformed world. So exciting yet only at its beginning.  Time will tell what new companies emerge and what companies fold. It’s for sure that brands and  media companies who continue to do their business in a box will not survive the new world of the way things are evolving into. The customer is now the one who has the power to choose and companies are now being called out for things that in the past would not even register.  I attended many high level corporate gatherings last year where there were many white haired men and women from legacy companies in the room looking for answers on how to retain their market share and capture the elusive ‘millennial market’.  I am happy that they are getting it…. finally.  At CES they always say, ‘Innovate or Die’. This past CES hit records as now technology and the Internet of Things are catching on and consumers are now demanding choice and access to content, goods and services when and where they choose and on multiple platforms.  It’s a bit exhausting on some levels because there is so much choice; which I feel will shake out soon. Also depends upon how the FCC changes the rules with the new administration. Pai has been chosen to lead the FCC so the playing field will get drastically smaller which means less choice for some. I am sure we independents will find a way to overcome that. I am an advocate for a more open internet.  But that will be seen and it will not happen without a fierce fight; as with many other things.  What it has done is opened and leveled the field.  As cable channels now run to OTT and other platforms; it has opened up a great need for diversity of content and programming.

Finally the industry gets that the world and that this country is one that is diverse with tastes that run the gammit.   Consumers are no longer satisfied with the same old story, cast with the same old formulas where we see no people of color, no women in strong roles and no LGBTQ characters. Shows like ‘This is Us’ and ‘Modern Family’ have changed the landscape and companies like Netflix, Apple and Google has pushed the envelope into a new reality of which the old gate keepers now have to LET GO of the door and let others come in. Some are doing it willingly and others are still in the old control mode. Either way, the change is upon us and it is a good thing. Mobile phones are now our new offices and computers. So where do we go from here? As Ralph Kramden said in the ‘Honey Mooners’, to the MOON ALICE!!  LOL!

That being said; I am happy to announce that my company UBC-TV has landed deals with Roku and Amazon Prime!  We will deliver original content in various ways; on demand and via channels worldwide on multiple platforms that will include television.  The deals don’t end there. We are in talks with a other major content distributors that will be announced as the deals are completed.  I am very excited as this gives me the playing field to create some really great original programming and to cut deals with really great content providers that others are passing by.  Content is King and Queen. Period. It’s the life blood of any media company or network.  In the next few months you will see UBC-TV take its steps out into the spotlight. I have been working tirelessly to pull the things together that have to be done in order to make this sort of move.  It’s not as easy as it may seem; I am sure a lot of my colleagues agree with me. But its gives me great satisfaction to be able to create and distribute to audiences that are hungry to see themselves as the hero and the heroines; finally.  We plan on doing our soft launch this spring and marching onward and making announcements about our line-up.  Our website will offer a more engaging experience as we move forward with implementing new technology and experiences for our subscribers.  I have had a lot of time and experiences to shape and mold this vision. I have seen others fail and I have seen others succeed. Now it is time to move on to the next level for UBC-TV. I hope you all continue to follow us on our journey.  Please LIKE our Facebook and Twitter pages at UBCTVNETWORKS.  A lot of new show pages are beginning to appear there and you will find out first what’s going with us  on our Facebook pages before we make public media announcements.  Last words;  Stay with what you believe in. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. You gotta be in it to win it!!

Stay tuned for more updates on UBC-TV and its programming line-up and events.  We have other major surprises in our hat!  We also plan on having  events where our supporters can come out and engage with us one on one!!

Stay Tuned!!

Peggy D

My Thoughts On The TV Industry and Why UBC-TV Has To Be Different

Hey All, well it is time for me to begin to reveal our upcoming cable line-up for our UBC Original Programs. I am going to start with the programs that are created and produced by UBC. We are also going into some great co-production alliances and have some outside content coming to us. Our first goal is to get the UBC Originals out first and then go to the next phase which will include co-productions and outside productions.

Needless to say this is a task where you have to have Hercules on your team!! Its extremely difficult to launch any new media business today.  Technology has made it easier to shoot content that is broadcast quality but the cost are still there if you are in fact entering into an arena with other major companies who have established footprints.

This is where you have to plan your work and work  your plan so to speak. I have always said to my team that we will do this in a way that will give us a voice that is different than others by producing original programming versus just being like everyone else with the same programs but different channels.  I actually think television has gotten worse over the years. There are those shows that stand out with great writing, cast, production, etc. but they are becoming far and few between.  Lets not even discuss the lack of people of color in the industry STILL. One or two hits shows with African Americans do not even the playing field. There is a major void of our ‘Stories’ that are not being told. This is where the behind the scenes in the industry count the most. The deals that are being made are being made with people in authority who either do not understand culture, too young to know better or just don’t care. This is where some major change is needed.

Companies like Youtube, Amazon, Netflix and others are doing well. They are giving viewers something that is relevant and cutting edge. They have become the alternative to the regular broadcast wheel.  I see that trend growing even more and my company UBC is in the midst of it all.  My vision has always been multi-platform from years ago.  I have also said that original content is the way to go but as you know it takes a lot of work to do this and you really have to have a really good production plan. I feel now is the time for UBC-TV.  UBC has become more than TV.  I have been able to create some very exciting alliances and partnerships that will be very surprising to everyone.   Over the next few days, weeks and months we will begin to do our program reveal along with our distribution footprint information and some other very exciting ventures we are undertaking.

When I begin this journey I just wanted to launch a cable network; now it has turned into a multi-media company with different divisions that will be rolled out at different time frames.  All I can say is hold on to your hats!

One of the first shows to debut is called ‘UBC JAMS!’. I created this show with the intent of showcasing up and coming artists in multiple genres of music. The show will be live streamed and then shown on our cable channel.  Dates, times for the show will be announced soon. Please go to our Facebook page and give us a LIKE so that you can keep up with all that is going on with UBC.  Its http://www.facebook.com/UBCTVNETWORKS and our website is http://www.ubctvnetwork.com. Its evolving every other day as we move forward in adding new content. We also have Club UBC, so be sure to sign up for it as we will soon start to launch our contests, free tickets to events, concerts, coupons and much more!

I will be back with more info on all that we are doing and more on our line-up and distribution.  Thanks to all of you who have kept up the support as now we will embark upon our next step into the spotlight!

Peggy D