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Mobile TV developer believes small is beautiful
The way we watch television is changing dramatically.
A generation ago there were just three channels watched on a wooden-cased set controlled manually with dials.
Now there are hundreds of channels, programmes can be recorded, downloaded and watched in 3D while sets are high-definition, with signals sent by satellite, cable and on the Internet, as well as through conventional aerials.
While sets have grown bigger and better over the years, now technology seems to be working in reverse, with a race to be able to stream or download programmes to mobile devices well and truly on.
One of those leading the way is Charlie Price, who has devised an app which not only allows TV shows to fit on to a mobile phone but is making programmes as well.
Mr Price, 23, from Shennington, near Banbury, aims to offer a range of shows covering the areas of drama, children’s TV and lifestyle that will be available to be bought through the Mini Screen Pictures app.
He had the idea after being employed as a script reader for programmes on BBC Worldwide and with other major production companies.
His father, David, encouraged him to have a go at starting his own business.
Mr Price said: “I got in touch with the Prince’s Trust and went on a week-long course where I met a lot of people my age looking to set up their own companies.
“I had been apprehensive, but after going on the course, I was determined it was the right thing to do.”
Now Mr Price is working on five different scripts after receiving more than 350 submissions via the BBC Writers Room platform for new TV writers.
He has received a £10,000 loan from Transmit Start Ups, which delivers a Government-backed scheme designed to invest in new businesses. The money has allowed him to develop pilot programming which he can then showcase to potential investors, including a comedy drama called Banana Skirt.
Mr Price is also being helped by Christian Harris who runs Gorillabox, a company specialising in distributing mobile media content.
He added: “All the content we’re making is aimed at people on the go. If people want to stream it they can do, or material can also be downloaded.
“I’m looking for the “watercooler effect” where people are talking about a show and it can be viewed there and then.”
As well as drama and lifestyle programming, Mr Price sees potential in making corporate videos specially designed for smaller devices.
“We have a platform that is extremely versatile and is completely interactive. It’s cutting edge and has great potential,” he said.
For more details, call 07747 636987 or go to miniscreenpictures.co.uk
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