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    • Pilot month: The Results Are In!

      4 weeks ago

      ebregman Programming

      We hope you all enjoyed Pilot Month! It was great to show the community what we’ve been working on and even better that you guys responded so well to everything. I’m happy to say all of the pilots are proceeding on to next steps! Here are the details:


      • BRANDED - This one is clearly a fan favorite. The goal was to make a half-hour comedy that captured the spirit and tone of the old RT Office Shorts, and it looks like Marshall and the team nailed it. Branded will be coming back with a full first season, seven additional episodes to make season one a total of eight episodes (including the pilot). All episodes will be available exclusively for FIRST members, with a few of the bits from each also making their way to YouTube, Facebook, and elsewhere.

      • GORQ’S QUEST - Easily one of the most talked-about pilots, there is a lot here to work with and a ton of potential for this series. We’re making some tweaks to the format and to the GORQ character, among a few other things, and we’ll release an additional four episodes that will be free to watch for everyone.

      • ACHIEVEMENT HAUNTER - Yeah, I guess we’ll make more of these. Eight more episodes coming soon, exclusively for FIRST members.

      • MDB: ANIMATED - This pilot episode will be released soon on Facebook, as a next step in our test. Because of its runtime and the creative being based on a pre-existing property, it performed well but understandably you guys felt the audience for this was likely broader than FIRST members. We think this is a show you’ll be eager to share with your followers on various social platforms such as Reddit, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and after the public test I expect we’ll make a few more.

      • RT’S MURDER ROOM - Did you choose the right person? We had so much fun testing this series and knew it was going to be a favorite. If you’re wondering what goes into making this show, we posted an audio-only post-show episode today. We learned a lot from this pilot that we want to continue to experiment with. Because of that, before we jump in and make a lot more of these we’re going to make four more episodes and release them free to watch for everyone.

      Congrats to everyone who worked so hard on these shows! As a whole, Pilot Month was a really cool way to introduce everyone to new content, our new app, and have a fun event for the whole community to gather around. We see this pilot event as a key step in our content development process. It gave us a chance to get our feet wet with some new shows, learn what it might take to make them into series, and include you in the process. Thanks as always for being supportive as we experiment! And if you have additional feedback about the Pilot Month process, please tell us in the comments!

    • E3 Content ID Claims are being released right now

      1 month ago

      ebregman Programming

      We caused a stir today when channels uploading their E3 coverage to YouTube were having their videos claimed by our CMS. It took us a few hours to identify what was happening, but as of this post all claims are in the process of being released, and all should be back to status quo in the next few hours.


      If your video was monetized by us during this time, you will receive all the ad revenue. As long as we release the claim within 5 days, all revenue goes to the user.


      Sincere apologies. This was an innocent mistake that happened by someone clicking the wrong check box, and we're very happy it was brought to our attention quickly so we could solve it. It was caused by a few E3-related videos in our network inadvertently being activated as Content ID references. 


      This is probably a good time for me to surface RT's Content Usage Guidelines. If you ever feel we have claimed your YouTube video in error, your first step is to dispute the claim on YouTube.


      Sorry again!


    • Captioning Update

      1 month ago

      ebregman Programming

      We now have two shows posting regularly on RT platforms with no specific timetable for when they'll be on YouTube: Red vs Blue and Camp Camp. Happy to say the results are pretty promising! This has made incredibly clear to us that we still have work to do when it comes to accessibility, especially in the case of closed captions. We want RT platforms to be a welcoming place for everyone including the hearing impaired, not to mention those of us who just prefer to read our dialogue with the sound on.


      By way of update, we're working now to try to move up in our development timeline the implementation of captioning. It's a multi-faceted feature that uniquely requires shifts on both the production and the engineering side, so it's going to take time for us to do it right. And we want to do it right!


      To start, our goal this year is for most productions to deliver their content for QA and publishing at least 1 week before airing (yes, there will always be exceptions). Last year the goal was 1 day before airing, so this is a pretty big shift. The year before, we frequently received videos hours or minutes before they were scheduled to go live. One week likely seems insane for those of us accustomed to the immediacy of the digital video world, but it's still a crazy quick turnaround compared to a traditional/legacy network; they get their content months in advance of airing.


      Having videos this early allows time for us to do a lot with that source file, including sending it to a third party captioning house (along with a script, where available), and having them send us caption files in multiple formats (and languages!) for all the devices where you can watch us. We're exploring automated caption generation (there are a lot of open source options), but we aren't confident that will serve all our needs especially in the case of videos where a lot of people talk over each other (we've all seen the automated captions on YouTube...). Moreover, the automated option takes about the same amount of time to implement as the manual option, so we might as well do it right the first time.


      When this feature does roll out, I expect it will start with new uploads only, while we also work through the library (6000+ hours is a lot to get through). There's also a chance that at launch, captions don't show up on new uploads immediately - again it's going to depend on how early we received the video, allowing for time for it to travel to the captioning house and then back to us.


      More updates!

      • Pilot month is going really really well! We hope you liked all of them; by the looks of it you really did. Make sure you come back Thurs at 11a CT for the premiere of Rooster Teeth's Murder Room!
      • We're in the final stages of prepping our fully-programmed linear networks(!). The AHTV cult is about to get a schedule every day, watch out.
      • Production starts TODAY on The Wierd Place, the show we announced a few weeks back where the AH team navigate their way through a series of interconnected escape rooms. If you haven't yet, check out Meow Wolf, where we're shooting these first few episodes.
      • Let's Play GTA V now posts on Saturdays on FIRST. That was the only day when we didn't have a LP video posting, and it felt lonely, so we fixed it.
      • There is so much more going on that I can't talk about yet and it's killing me but you are going to be so happy.......


      Hope everyone is having a good short work week!

    • Pilot month is here

      2 months ago

      ebregman Programming

      Know when you have a secret and you whisper it to your friend because you’re so excited about it? That’s what this whole month is like for me.


      You might have noticed it’s been quieter than normal around here. At the same time, you also might’ve noticed that what new stuff we’ve premiered has been really, really awesome. “Fully baked,” as we like to call it. That’s because we’re working hard to spend more time developing concepts before they start airing. We pride ourselves on being experimental, and that’s not going anywhere. But there’s no doubt that when we take our time, amazing things happen - just look at Nomad of Nowhere!


      The result is a whole lot of crazy talented people have been working hard on new shows for you, and we’re finally ready to share a taste of them with FIRST Members. The pilots we’re airing this month are all exclusively for FIRST Members, but if we decide to do a whole season of a new series, that series might end up windowing to free-to-watch. We definitely want your feedback on these (in case you were planning to be shy about it...which you were not…), but to be clear: we’re not asking you to vote on what we make. As always we value your input, but if we just made what you wanted we’d only make Tuesday Night Game Fight.


      So if you’ve ever thought about becoming a FIRST member, now is a good time to see what it’s all about and sample what you might get really soon!


      I owe you a patch notes post, which I promise is coming. In the meantime, post some questions in the comments!


      EDIT: A schedule would be helpful!


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    • AHTV has more videos again

      3 months ago

      ebregman Programming

      It was not our intention to have 4 videos on repeat...and we have no idea how it happened. I just added 374 more videos, and they're all under 30 minutes long in hopes of giving you a better chance of seeing the beginning of a video (a comment we see often). 


      Thanks for the feedback on these, it's been a huge learning experience!

    • The next linear channel betas will launch Monday 4.2

      3 months ago

      ebregman Programming

      UPDATE: They're live now!

      RTV

      AHTV

      FHTV


      Thanks for helping make our RTV linear channel test a big success! You guys definitely showed us you'd watch a linear channel, especially with our new chat feature right there.


      Our first test was a specifically programmed feed that included a live broadcast. To do that every day 24/7 takes more tech infrastructure that we're currently scoping out how to build. But to keep the tests rolling, on Monday we're launching 3 different linear feeds in beta on RoosterTeeth.com: FHTV will come to our site, and we're starting up a new AHTV for Achievement Hunter and an RTV for Rooster Teeth as well.


      RTV and AHTV will run exactly the same as FHTV - they'll be a randomized playlist from the libraries of those YouTube channels (AH will include Let's Play). The one difference: RTV and AHTV will be unlisted on YouTube and only discoverable on RoosterTeeth.com, whereas FHTV will remain as it has been on YouTube in addition to being on RoosterTeeth.com. In all three cases, when you visit the linear feeds on RoosterTeeth.com you'll be using our chat. We'll all be stopping by the chats for those feeds, so make sure you check in when you can!


      All live broadcasts will remain in separate streams, just like always, while these betas are up and running.


      Have a great holiday weekend if you're celebrating! If not then have a great totally normal weekend when a lot of stores are closed!

    • It's All Happening: Programming Patch Notes 03.26

      3 months ago

      ebregman Programming

      With the new video product for web and mobile launching this Friday, this is going to be a crazy week. Here’s what we’re working on.


      A huge congrats to the 2D animation team for a successful series premiere of Nomad of Nowhere! With Nomad and Master & Apprentice, the last 2 new series we’ve premiered have been our biggest series premieres since we first launched Camp Camp in 2016. And the year is just getting started…


      New artwork is now posted for every series, so our focus now shifts to the long-promised reorganization and metadata cleanup project. We have a bunch of new database types to take advantage of that will make it way easier to browse our content library. Bonus features is one new thing, so we’ll be able to get all the trailers and BTS videos out of the series playlists. There’s also now a Movies type, which we’ll use for The Woods, Lazer Team, and potentially a few others. We’ll break up the crazy-big, disorganized series like Let’s Play (the series) and Achievement Hunter (the series); we’re making new series pages for a few different series that are currently buried inside of those. And to cap it all off we’re just a few weeks away from deploying a big metadata cleanup that will remove pesky HTML from descriptions, make sure all seasons and episodes appear in the correct order, and make sure all metadata fields fit into our new standards (i.e., no episode numbers in the video title, except for talk shows).


      My team is also working on a follow-up to our RTV test from a few weeks ago. The goal is to get a beta up and running early next week, something that can be always on 24/7 for RT and AH, alongside FHTV. It’s still a beta because it won’t be specifically programmed in this iteration - we’re likely going to apply to the RT and AH channels the same setup that Funhaus is using, and embed all 3 of those into RT.com so you can use our chat. More to come on that.


      OK back to work...enjoy LP Spring Break on Friday!

    • A few RTV test results

      3 months ago

      ebregman Programming

      Thanks for tuning in on Friday for our linear TV test! You sent hundreds of thousands of chats, we had a ton of people watching for every single hour, all around the world. The worldwide thing is so cool for me - I know we have a worldwide community, but a traditional linear network is so specific to a single territory, so that's pretty unique.


      I'll keep you posted as we figure out what to do next here. Til then what was your favorite part? Any shows you watched that you wouldn't have otherwise? New friends you made in the chat?

    • Testing a Theory (or: Everything That's Old Is New Again)

      4 months ago

      ebregman Programming

      Update @ 1:15 p.m. CT - New image below with up-to-date schedule!

      You all know how much I love testing stuff. Well, two amazing things have happened this year that gave us an idea. First, Funhaus launched Funhaus TV on their YouTube channel, which has proven to be an amazing way to spend your day with the FH guys and gal (and dog) even though they might not have even posted a new video. Second, the new svod.roosterteeth.com/live went into beta, and you guys flocked to our new chat feature. That got us thinking…


      What if there was an always-on campfire on RT.com where you could come by, interact with friends and RT talent and staff in a chat, and check out whatever was on TV?


      Tomorrow we’re trying just that. Starting 3/16 at 10a CT (TUNE IN NOW!) and continuing late into the night, free for everyone to watch and with no commercials for the test run, we’ve hacked together a linear TV channel. It’s packed with videos we’ve posted in the last 2 weeks (including previews of some FIRST exclusives), a few other greatest hits from our library, and heck let’s just put Friday's live Off Topic in the middle. You can tune in any time you want and find something awesome playing, plus a few RT talent will pop in and out of the chat too.


      The morning is all cartoons (because of course it is), including the premiere episode of Nomad of Nowhere, plus a little Backwardz Compatible. Whenever Off Topic ends, we’ll dive into more comedy and a few other talk shows like this week’s Always Open and RT Podcast. Late night be sure to check out free previews of the Funhaus Theater Mode premiere episode, and an AH Theater Mode too.


      If this works...I’ll get to buy some cool software to help us make it work better. So please, help me get a new toy. Have fun! (Seriously, go tune in and check it out!)


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    • A lot of videos are now back online!

      4 months ago

      ebregman Programming

      Dave just finished publishing over 3,000 videos that have been offline for maintenance for a bit! More to come, too. 


      Thanks Dave!!!!

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  • Comments (2)

    • RWBimbie Keeper of Poems

      7 months ago

      A few months ago on Sept11 (currently Nov 17)

      the youtubers Spaz Boys Comedy gave up on reaction vids for RvB & RWBY

      Did I Pee On Rooster Teeth's Shoe Or Something?! " .

      because they tried following the guidelines as laid out in Fanprojects faq and still got blocked.


      NOW,

      what words of encouragement (or condemnation) do you have for Spaz Boys Comedy

      for continuing to do on youtube what Murder Of Birds was commended & got famous doing? 


      Spaz Boys refuses to try to cheat teh system with GoogleDrive or inverting, speedAltering, or otherwise bypassing the takedown DRM systems of youtube.

      THEY GAVE UP ON ROOSTER TEETH


      ... should they have not given up?  

      Without any reason from RT to not give up, why shouldnt they give up on RT?

      RT fans tell them to cheat the system instead of following instructions... should they just try to steal RT Intellectual Property because using it within authorization terms simply doesnt work?

    • JohnJoe

      1 year ago

      I appreciate you laying out exactly what the thought process was for extending the wait period 7 days instead of the 24 hour one that we have enjoyed. You seem like a very cool dude, and even though it is a little late, taking the time to address it is very much appreciated.


      I would love if you guys would keep narrative shows like RvB and RWBY at a 24 hour exclusive to FIRST members, not only to because they are story-driven, but because they have always been available for everyone(mostly).


      Thank you again for cutting out the bullshit and telling us why you guys did what you did, and if you do listen to us, I will be able to purchase a FIRST membership feeling like I am helping out my favorite community- driven company, rather than feeling like buying one is the way to watch my favorite shows without being a week behind.

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