Welcome to the first monthly update from your friendly neighborhood programming and distribution team. Here’s what we’re working on right now.
First off congrats to the AH team for posting the 300th episode of Let’s Play: Minecraft, which officially puts them at a higher episode count than almost any TV show ever made. Someone manually did the math on this, but I checked myself and yes it’s almost 9.5 days of content back-to-back. In celebration of this milestone, we’re (finally?) going to break out Let’s Play Minecraft on its own series page on RoosterTeeth.com! We’ll keep you posted when that happens.
In other exciting news today, as of this weekend podcasts from Rooster Teeth and the Let’s Play family will be available on Spotify! This has been a long time coming, something we get asked about all the time, and I’m so happy we finally got it done. All the libraries are there, and new episodes will be added at the same time they appear on all other podcast listening platforms. Note - post shows are NOT available on Spotify and are still only available for FIRST members on RoosterTeeth.com. Here’s the list of shows you can hear now on Spotify:
Beyond The Pine
Class Of 198X
DEATH BATTLE Cast
Heroes & Halfwits
Kinda Funny Games Daily
Kinda Funny Gamescast
Kinda Funny Morning Show
Kinda Funny Reviews
On The Spot
Rooster Teeth Podcast (Yes, including the Drunk Tank episodes!)
The GameOverGreggy Show
Try Hard Podcast
Twits and Crits
Twits and Crits: The League of Extraordinary Jiremen
Most of what we’re focused on now involves getting svod.roosterteeth.com running smoothly and looking good. This week we finished testing image safe areas for featured episodes on desktop and mobile/tablet, and now that we know the specs we can dive into re-safe-area-ing everything. Those images will roll out over the next month or so. As that finishes, we’ll dive into a reorganization and metadata cleanup project to hopefully catch any out-of-order episodes and also make better use of series pages for shows that have grown unwieldy (...like Let’s Play…). We’ll likely also be able to upgrade resolution on some videos at that point, with more on the way afterwards.
We greenlit a few pilots this month too! You heard about these from RTX Sydney: Achievement Haunters will be AH’s wild journey to discover ghosts in the scariest places in Texas. We locked our location this week and I am ridiculously excited. The Murder Chamber (working title) is modern take on a classic murder mystery game. Go into the future where you are judge, jury and guided by Jessica, a super crime solving network. We’re talking through the right way to release these so you can tell us if we should make more.
Last but not least we’ve been staring for hours at the full data wrap up from 2017, which like I’ve mentioned before is the most accurate viewership data we’ve ever had about RoosterTeeth.com. That’s already led us to some interesting new insights. It has reaffirmed to us how important a free-to-watch window is for our content, especially on a 7-day FIRST Exclusive window. And it’s told us a lot about how the new svod.roosterteeth.com can be a better place for our community to gather around content.
Oh and here’s something weird: ScrewAttack’s video Top 10 Sex Scenes in Video Games had a pretty big burst in traffic from organic Google searches over the past month. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
This is the first one I’ve done, so tell me what I missed! What else do you want to see in these updates?