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Blockchain @ Media

A new Game Changer for the Media Industry?

Blockchain is currently one of the most widely discussed and hyped technologies. There are not many industries that shouldn’t be either excited or worried about its potential, with use cases, proof-of-concepts, and full-fledged businesses based on Blockchain technology emerging at an increasing pace.

How Blockchain could impact the media industry?

While some applications of Blockchain technology may still seem farfetched and require further technological advancements, payment-focused use cases have already been proved to work. Parts of the media value chain are therefore already endangered by new Blockchain-based payment and contract options. These can fundamentally reset pricing, advertising, revenue sharing, and royalty payment processes. Payments or advertising revenues no longer need to be centrally collected. Payment transactions become less costly and the distribution of revenues is automated, based on predefined smart contracts.

1. New pricing options for paid content

Consumers demand an individual content experience – they want to consume (video) blogs, pictures, single articles, news bites or short form videos from their preferred sources to complement the established content portfolio (TV, Newspapers, Radio etc.), and the success of music and video streaming services has even intensified this trend.

2. Content bypassing aggregators

Paid content is increasingly gaining traction, but the monetization of online media still heavily depends on advertising. As there is no overall willingness to pay for digital content, ad-based distribution models will remain important in the next decade. So far, the digital adverting ecosystem is complex and involves numerous stakeholders. There are several intermediaries between the content creator and the potential advertiser. The slice of the monetization cake for the initial creator of digital content becomes smaller with every additional party involved. For emerging media assets such as blogs or usergenerated content, the complexity of established advertising processes can even generally impede ad-based monetization

3. Distribution of royalty payments

Today, the distribution of royalty payments builds on multiple contracts between artists, producers, and music publishing houses. For instance whenever a song is played on TV, radio, at events or is streamed online, the rights holders should receive a royalty payment in a contractually defined split. In order to ensure that this is happening, the national copyright collection bodies act as a collection platform for copyright holders and compensate the eligible parties.

4. Secure and transparent C2C sales

Blockchain has the potential for content rights owners to enable additional revenue streams by leveraging consumer-toconsumer sales. Thus while the idea of peer-to-peer content sharing is not new, it is and has been a serious threat to music creatives and movie / TV producers in the past. Peerto- peer networks and the respective exchange of(media) files is almost impossible to control due to the sheer number of exchanges and of users exchanging files.

5. Consumption of paid content without boundaries

The last use case deals with a situation that many subscribers of paid content subscriptions (e.g. for pay TV, VoD, streaming services) have witnessed in the past. They cannot access the contents they subscribed to once they are in another country / region, for example during business travel or on vacation.

How can Deloitte help:

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Blockchain @ Media
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