My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica: How Television Jamaica relaunched as 1Spotmedia with 1,000,000 Viewers for VOD Content

Monday, March 2, 2015

How Television Jamaica relaunched as 1Spotmedia with 1,000,000 Viewers for VOD Content

But a huge change is coming nonetheless.

Television Jamaica's live streaming on their website will end on Tuesday March 31st 2015 as can be seen from the screenshot below that surprised my this Monday March 2nd 2014.

Instead, if you're a Laptop or Desktop user like myself, you'll have to sign up for an account on 1Spotmedia's Website so that you can log in and stream Television Jamaica's content. I suspect the same may also go for access to their Archived Content, as they've imposed a paywall of US$9.99 for Americans and other non-Jamaicans to stream their content.

I can already start hearing the howls of disappointment for many abroad as Television Jamaica follows in the footsteps of Major Networks such as CBS and most recently NBC News in December 2014 as stated in my blog article entitled “NBC Universal NBC Live Streaming Service - How TV Everywhere is American Streaming TV's Future as Comcast steps into 21st Century” who have begun either putting up paywalls or Ad subsidized Streaming.

This was expected, as advertising cannot pay for the cost of content as I'll explain below.

Television Jamaica throws up a Paywall - Monetization of Traffic as viewers can steal their Content

If this seems familiar, it should be.

The US$9.99 is the same monthly charge being proffered to Jamaican and Internationals by the Jamaica Gleaner who had launch their paywall on Thursday December 2nd 2013 as stated in my blog article entitled “The Jamaica Gleaner’s US$9.99 Paywall goes live on Thursday January 2nd 2014 - News is no longer free as Tomorrow Never Dies for The Paper Man”.

Back then I’d predicted doom and gloom on this idea, stating that many Jamaican would switch to the Jamaica Observer, even as the possibility lingered that they too might also be tempted to go the paywall route as predicted in my blog article entitled “The Jamaica Gleaner Paywall and the Jamaica Observer makeover - Affiliate Advertising and Sponsored Articles coming to My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica”.

Alas that never happened and I still needed to do my article based on The Jamaica Gleaner's own as sources.

So aside from switching somewhat to the Jamaica Observer, I eventually developed a way to breach their Paywall using Google Chrome and a good Cookie cleaner as explained in my blog article entitled “How to get around The Jamaica Gleaner Content Paywall using Google Chrome or PDFCreator - Google Web Inspector is That Awkward Moment when The Monuments Men Break down the Paywall”.

This works mainly on Desktop and Laptop computers but not on smartphones or Tablets; still working on that solution!

Television Jamaica monetizing Traffic – 1,000,000 Views monthly covers cost and make website profitable

This Television Jamaica Paywall came as no surprise.

With their Traffic level growing, especially from Internationals tuning in for Smile Jamaica, their Morning time programme, they have to cover the expense of their website Hosting as well as access to Archived content for the show. Most likely, they've hit some 1,000,000 views per month, so a Paywall would generate enough revenue to cover their expenses without too much of a backlash from faithful viewers.

In addition, as it stands, people can download videos from their website using Internet Download Manager as explained in my blog article entitled “UWI's planning to increase all Tuition by 5.5% come the new Academic Year 2013-2014 - How to Download ANY Video, including Facebook Videos, Convert and Free Video Hosting Online”.

Once Television Jamaica migrates their content to 1Spotmedia that’ll enable them with VOD (Video on Demand) capabilities, they'd not only reduce Internet Video Piracy but also make Revenue from the increased traffic that's undoubtedly increasing monthly on their hugely popular Website.

Here’s the link:

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