SciFi4Me to Crowdfund New Channel
Updated SciFi4Me TV Video Platform Will Premiere this September
Using the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, the goal is to create a new iteration of SciFi4Me TV. Editor-in-Chief Jason Hunt says it's past time for an alternative to YouTube.
SciFi4Me began using YouTube for its coverage of science fiction, fantasy, and horror in 2011. In that time, the channel has grown, but slowly. Hunt feels one reason for that is the platform's focus on corporate business.
"YouTube has proven to be a bad actor in the streaming space," Hunt says. "They've been censoring certain channels, suppressing videos in search results, allowing abuse of the copyright ID system, and using algorithms to negatively impact monetization. Add to that the various Adpocalypse events, plus the changes brought on by YouTube's response to the latest COPPA rules, along with YouTube's favoritism toward corporate media, and we determined it's time to move on."
The bias can be seen on other genre web sites, something Mindy Hunt, Associate Editor, says should be avoided when it comes to news. "Our goal is to keep the news genre based and neutral. We don't care which side of the aisle you sit on, as long as you have a passion for this stuff. There's no gatekeeping on our site. No cancel culture. We're all fans deep in our core, and that should be something that unites us."
Indiegogo has proven successful for several creative projects. Hunt says the funds raised will cover the expenses of assembling a new video streaming web site. It's something he's wanted to do since 2009, when SciFi4Me was first founded.
"The thing is, SciFi4Me was always meant to be its own channel, its own stand-alone thing," says Editor Timothy Harvey. "That's what Jason had in mind from the beginning, and while YouTube has been great for getting our content out into the world, it isn't what we envisioned and it isn't always the best fit for creators. We'll have the control and the freedom to bring our shows and writing to audiences in ways we simply haven't been able to before."
"Think of it as going back to the old local access cable channel model," Hunt says, "only it's online."
http://www.SciFi4Me.TV programming includes several original news and commentary shows along with interviews and event coverage. Hunt hopes to add new programs to the channel as resources become available.
Hunt says that if the funding goal is met, the plan is to launch the new channel with a retro "Fall Premiere" event in September.
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