Saturday, October 8, 2011

Live Feed Of Roloff Farms For Matt's 50th Birthday Celebration

As promised, Matt has a live feed (Saturday afternoon/evening October 8th) showing Roloff Farm during the celebration of Matt's 50th birthday. It's a silent camera just showing the field where people buy pumpkins.









Streaming Live by Ustream

18 comments:

Christine said...

What's the point? Typical. Are the Roloffs even there?

Put up a live camera and then hide from the cameras. Brilliant idea Matt.

Greg said...

Wow, exciting...

Megan B said...

Seeing as how the video has ads, the point is pretty obvious: squeeze a bit more money out of the fame machine.

Justin said...

Set up a video nowhere near any of the actual Roloffs.

That is SO Roloff. They are so out of touch with their fans and how to be fan friendly.

Don't have Matt in one spot and set the camera up there. Don't set a camera up on a tractor with Jeremy or Zach. Or whatever Molly does. Or Jacob.

No, point it to an open field where people walk across.

That's just what any fan would want!

Keith said...

Megan, do at least a little fact checking before you spout off. The ads are from Ustream a free live stream service. The ads are how they keep it free. Just like YouTube.

Sandie said...

So lame it's hilarious!!!

Megan B said...

@Keith,

Ustream also provides a 50% revenue sharing option:

http://www.ustream.tv/revshare/overview

I admit I don't know if the Roloffs are using it the revenue share plan or not, so you are right in that respect. Given the insanely high number of ads compared to other ustream content I have viewed, I assumed a revenue share agreemeent was in place, but I really don't know for sure.

However, unless you know that they are not using it, perhaps you should so some research before you spout off as well. Your statement makes it sound as if you were not even aware of the option.

By the way, Youtube is quite famous for their revenue sharing plans. Get. A. Clue.

Rap541 said...

I actually noticed graphics advertising the farm on top of the ustream ads... They periodically changed as well so it seemed intentional. Keith? Any thoughts?

Keith said...

Look, Don't have time for a Ustream tutorial. If you saw advertising for the farm, the Roloff paid for it. The graphic in the upper corner, is a co-brand graphic that would have been paid for. Revenue sharing? First there would have to be revenue. Possible, if in the future if they actually start producing regular programming that draws regular crowds, but you don't start a channel one day and get approved for revenue sharing the next. Ustream is just a logical easy choice available to broadcast a live feed, end of story.

Rap541 said...

Keith - I really don't care that much either (I put it on for a few minutes, it was a silent broadcast of people wandering around pumpkins, with the Roloff farm graphics in the corner and ads at the bottom and periodic ads starting and cutting into the broadcast) but considering Amy actually has had a lengthy relationship and somewhat regular programming with Ustream.... it's not unrealistic to think that revenue sharing could happen.

Considering your abrasive claims of knowledge, yes, if *you're* going to "spout off", then you should be prepared for the reality that people will question your comments.

My comments get questioned all the time.... why not yours? You're the one making the point of publically scholing Megan and calling her out. If you don't have time to give the lecture, is she supposed just bend over for you because you say you're right and don't "have time" to explain why?

krisa said...

People who can't go to the farm seem appreciative that there is a video stream of the farm if you read Matt's Facebook.

David said...

Keith, what are you arguing? That the Roloffs aren't commercial? That they aren't looking for every possible way to make a buck at every turn? Because the ads placed all over their farm that they post about constantly suggests otherwise.

Yolanda said...

Gee David. I read and reread Keith's posts. I just did not see where he was "arguing" that the Roloff's aren't commercial--after all, who could argue that. I really gathered that he was pointing out how Youtube and Ustream works regarding revenues (I think he even sarcastically pointed "if any revenue").

Megan B said...

Keith, I'm a bit confused by your position.

You first insisted that ustream and Youtube were merely free services for the masses, ad supported, with no potential for revenue sharing with the content provider. After it was pointed out that that was not the case, you came back and indignantly stated that you knew so much about ustream and their revenue sharing agreements that you could school us all if you only had the time, "end of story". Seems to be a rather stark contradiction to your first post.

I think it is possible that the Roloffs may be afforded more generous or flexible terms than us everyday average Joes. Certainly, they can demonstrate that they are genuine C-list celebs with a built-in fan following. And as Rap pointed out, the Roloffs have craated multiple ustream content feeds before (something that didn't even cross my mind when I originally posted). Both of these are credible factors that a site like ustream might consider in setting up a partnership agreement.

Rap541 said...

I wonder how many people would crap themselves in rage explaining how rude I am if I started "I'd school youon how stupid you are, but I don't have time, you're wrong, end of story!"

Thats a *little* passive aggressive ;)

krisa said...

Why is revenue, whether it is real or imaginary, an issue. If the Roloffs make money on the video stream more power to them.
Over reactions to Keith's post.

Bill said...

Right on Krisa, posters here believe it is a crime for a Roloff to make money even though that is the goal of most people when doing same or similar activities.

Rap541 said...

Bill, not at all. Speaking for just me, I think its blindingly obvious that the Roloffs are doing these specials for money, and not because they devote every cent of profit to LP awareness.

What I don't care for is the conciet that the Roloffs *aren't* doing these things for the money. That Matt put a webcam up simply because he's got a big ol'heart in a very little package, bless him!

If you've ever perused Matt's old message board, you will see that the suggestion to put up a webcam on the farm has been out there for several years. Matt's excuse was not knowing enough tech wise.... But funny, the first year in a while that pumpkin season won't have camera crews everywhere or a lot of free advertising on TLC (and lets not pretend that pumpkin season was so successful before the show) and suddenly Matt is all about making concessions to the fans that he wouddn't make before. Heck, in previous years, pumpkin season is when Matt and Amy used to make a particular point to be on cruises... Now when it could affect the bottom line, now Matt wants to be down on the farm glad handing the crowds.

Believe me, I get it. Its ALL about money. I have no issues with that until the Roloffs are nominated for sainthood for "doing so much for their fans" when their actions are rather coldly calculated to increase the Roloff bottom line. They have every right to make money, and we have every right to point out that when their actions are designed to *make money*, they are not doing said action simply out of kindness.