NETGIGS is an online pay-per-view streaming service that makes live events available to everyone everywhere. While distribution platforms already exist, NETGIGS is unique as it offers an e-commerce platform for the live event industries. Our focus is not only on broadcasting an event, but also on the business of events, bringing efficiencies and optimising revenues. This is a fundamental change to the economics of live events and is beneficial to the people and businesses involved.
The Time to Act is Now
NETGIGS had planned to launch later in 2020. COVID-19 however, has devastated live performance industries - so we are accelerating our launch to now, starting with a focus on live music.
|David's technology and creative industry career spans more than three decades. David has broad experience in building successful global business from the ground up, with a strong focus on emerging technologies and their application to current business practice and supply chains. David has a significant global network across multiple industry sectors. He is also currently the BIGTECH Producer at BIGSOUND and assists several start ups in commercialising their new technologies.
|Joe founded NETGIGS after a 25-year career in business technology management. With a degree in Computer Science and a post-graduate qualification in Business Management, Joe has a proven ability to adopt emerging technologies to create innovative business solutions. With his technology/business skillset and his passion for music, he has been involved in many aspects of the South Australian music scene.
Experienced Chairman and Director of both private and listed companies crossing Technology, Manufacturing, Science, Business and Societal Impact. With an entrepreneurial mindset Philip leads businesses through growth and transformation. He specialises in technology, commercialisation, economics and social impact with a focus on STEM and has provided and continues to provide advice to large scale technology corporations globally.
|Robbie is an internationally acclaimed producer and musician. He has played bass for David Gray, Hothouse Flowers, The Corrs, Hinterland, Damien Dempsey, Mary Coughlan, Juliet Turner, The Pale, Gemma Hayes, Bronagh Gallagher, LiR and The Sofas to name but a few. Robbie has co-written a number of songs and co-produced on recent David Gray albums which have reached the US Billboard top ten. He also recorded on “The Corrs” 2017 record “Jupiter Calling” which was produced by the legendary T-Bone Burnett.
|Mick has extensive experience across both the IT and Music industries. He worked in the music industry as a tour manager, manager and promoter for over ten years. He now works in the IT industry with 20 years experience in Service and Client Relationship management. Mick has a degree in Economics and Politics and a Masters Degree in Computer Science for Commerce and Industry.
The Netgigs entities that provide you with the Netgigs service are listed below.
187 E. Warm Springs Rd. Suite B444
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119, USA
Netgigs Pty Ltd
PO Box 294, Modbury North
SA 5092, Australia
Ground Floor, 8-9 Marino Mart
Fairview, Dublin D03 P590, Ireland
November 2013 to February 2016
NETGIGS Founder Joe Ward worked part-time from 2013 to 2016 as a music photographer and videographer through his own business Muso Media.
February 2016 to May 2017
In 2016 he had an idea for promoting local music. An internet radio station called ‘iSA Radio’ that would exclusively stream music from SA independent artists. Joe created the website platform, the mobile app, and some friends joined him on a team to bring iSA Radio to life.
The station had its own small recording studio in suburban Adelaide (South Australia) and invited local artists for recording sessions that were filmed and distributed online through social media. iSA Radio created a weekly ‘Top 10’ chart voted by the public on its website. They also ran ‘Headstart’ sessions opening up their studio to help emerging artists by recording their music.
iSA Radio Recording Session – Imogen Brave
This recording session received over 50,000 views on Facebook from an international audience.
Imogen Brave iSA Radio Studio Session: YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rpt_5CC-Fkw)
Over time Joe found that there were far more people watching the video content than listening to the audio only radio stream. Even though the video content was engaging new viewers, the content was distributed via free streaming platforms, so the increased exposure was doing very little financially for the artists. It was at this stage that iSA Radio went off the internet airwaves in May 2017.
The iSA Radio experience turned out to be a proof of concept that lead into NETGIGS. It showed the demand for high quality music videos of bands/solo artists streamed on demand over the internet. This led Joe to research how the music industry works, to develop a business case that not only supported the artists but was sustainable as well.
January 2018 to April 2018
Development of NETGIGS MVP and Market Test
With a business case in mind, a new test studio was created. This time it was built specifically to include video production. Built under a pergola, the home studio had its own lighting rig, sound desk, video cameras, mix desk as well as the first version of NETGIGS’ IT platform. 6 ‘iSA Live’ concerts were streamed from this home studio to the NETGIGS IT platform with over 300 NETGIGS tickets sold. The numbers of pay-per-view customers proved that the MVP (Minimum Viable Product) IT platform worked as well as the payment model. Based on testing and customer feedback in this period the platform was revamped to make it more user-friendly.
iSA Live Shows
NETGIGS Information Session
The NETGIGS Team hosted a two-hour information/Q&A session with many music industry representatives and potential investors at Fowler’s Live, in Adelaide (South Australia). The session was a success with many valid questions raised and answered.
External Live Venue Testing
The NETGIGS team moved out of their home studio to test the production and the platform in live venues where there was less environmental control. Live shows were filmed successfully at large South Australian venues such as Fowler’s Live and The Gov.
Australian Music Industry Showcase
NETGIGS was one of the 8 finalists selected to present their business as part of the Tech Showcase at the Big Sound Music Festival in Brisbane (Queensland). Big Sound is the Australian music industry’s largest annual festival/conference with visitors from all around the world. The team presented NETGIGS to the international music industry's most revered and forward-thinking luminaries. This gave the team the opportunity to put their platform in front of the music industry where they received some very encouraging feedback and advice.
Drought Breakers – Streaming test from a city street
NETGIGS successfully streamed an outside, live performance by some top Australian artists, The Drought Breakers, from Rundle Mall in Adelaide (South Australia). The Drought Breakers were number 1 on the Australian Rock Chart for several weeks (Source: TripleM
). NETGIGS setup their production team in the middle of a busy city thoroughfare and successfully live streamed the event to thousands of people.
NETGIGS Studio Session - The Skeleton Club
NETGIGS wanted to test if there would be audience interest for artists performing in recording studios as well as live venues. They organised their first ‘Studio Session’ with a performance from SA folk band The Skeleton Club in a South Australian recording studio, Wundenberg’s
. The session was streamed live to Facebook so that the team could use Facebook’s targeted promotions to reach specific markets. An insignificant amount of US$300 was spent on Facebook promotion, which had the session viewed 247,000 times within the first week as well as reaching over half a million people.
Australian National Live Music Awards
The NETGIGS Team travelled by road to Queensland to stream The Australian National Live Music Awards (NLMA) gala event from The Triffid in Brisbane (Queensland). 2,021km’s away from Adelaide (South Australia) the trip took us 26 hours each way.
Map credit: Google Maps
The NLMA’s are Australia’s only dedicated celebration of contemporary live music. The award nominees represented the very best of Australia’s live music scene across 55 national and state-based categories. NETGIGS streamed the event live
and for free as well as being the naming rights to the Festival of the Year award that was won by the “Dark Mofo” Festival, which is held annually in Hobart, Tasmania. The night was a success with the full three-hour show featuring awards and performances streamed without a hitch on the NETGIGS platform.
Lir – Ireland
NETGIGS launched in Dublin, Ireland with a gig from the legendary Irish rock band LiR. The show was the first international pay-per-view pilot and the first show with our global production partners in the AV Alliance. The event was a huge success with fantastic reviews of both the performance and the Netgigs experience. It was streamed successfully to thousands of LiR fans all over Ireland, the UK, the USA, Australia and New Zealand.Source: Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/339924601/4bb07d0eca)
New NETGIGS Platform
After nearly a year in development we released our new platform comprised of a Netgigs website and companion mobile apps.
Highlights of our Features, Technology & Scalability
- Auto-scaling platform with unlimited users hosted on Amazon Web Services.
- NETGIGS is one of the few companies licensed by public performance royalty agencies in the USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland.
- We are soon to be licensed in Korea, Japan and Latin America.
- We use the HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) protocol coupled with the H.265 codec which delivers twice the video/audio quality at the same file size as H.264.
- We support adaptive-bitrate streaming, dynamically delivering the best possible video quality at any moment.
- We allow for direct marketing to fans including reminders before live shows start.
- We support free (sponsor-supported), temporary rental and permanent purchases of content.
- Discount/coupon codes can be issued to track partner/referral marketing campaigns.
- Live feeds - pause, rewind and resume watch
- AI- Driven Content Recommendation Engine.
- Partner Portal – record labels and artists can:
- add and edit their own content
- view analytics and revenue reports on how their content is performing.
- Hollywood approved DRM (Digital Rights Management):
- videos are encrypted and cannot be removed or exported from the platform or apps.
- PCI (Payment Card Industry) Compliance for payment security with global payment gateways.
- Geo-blocking - individual shows can be restricted to chosen countries to accommodate each performer's global strategy and legal obligations should they have any.
- VPN (Virtual Private Network) blocking to prevent users spoofing their location to watch geoblocked content.
- Shopping cart for physical and digital products – including pop ups during a show.
- Mobile Apps:
- Audiences can click a button to cast or airplay content from mobile devices to a larger screen.
- Audiences can download performances within the app for viewing at a later date or time (for a window of time determined by the performer).
- Capability to support Virtual Reality performances.
- Performers can stream live content via our web portal or their mobile device
Executive Hire - CEO - David Grice
David's technology and creative industry career spans more than three decades. David has broad experience in building successful global business from the ground up, with a strong focus on emerging technologies and their application to current business practice and supply chains. David has a significant global network across multiple industry sectors. He is also currently the BIGTECH Producer at BIGSOUND and assists several start ups in commercialising their new technologies.
Executive Hire - Chairman Elect - Philip Vafiadis
Philip is an experienced Chairman and Director of both private and listed companies crossing Technology, Manufacturing, Science, Business and Societal Impact. With an entrepreneurial mindset Philip leads businesses through growth and transformation. He specialises in technology, commercialisation, economics and social impact with a focus on STEM and has provided and continues to provide advice to large scale technology corporations globally.
Netgigs Artist - Mobile App
The Netgigs Artist mobile app was developed to enable artists to livestream to the Netgigs PPV platform from wherever they may be using only their mobile phone.
Netgigs licensed in Germany and Canada