While the COVID-19 pandemic has been a death sentence for many industries, a few of them — ones that are well-suited for at-home enjoyment — have the quarantine to thank for a surge in business.
According to Adobe's first-ever Digital Economy Index, orders for fitness equipment have seen a 55% boost in online sales. And Udemy, a leading online course provider, has seen a 425% increase in enrollments worldwide since shelter-in-place orders took effect in late February.
With this has come the production and consumption of more and more video content focusing on these two areas — and a wider offering of this content as well. So, we've decided to start allowing these two new types of content on TheTVDB: educational courses and exercise videos.
Below, you’ll find the guidelines for adding these new video formats, as well as some specific examples of each.
Educational content should only be added if it was originally released as a series with structured episodes. One rule of thumb is that if it's pay-per-video content, or if the content is promotional in any way, it is not allowed.
Educational content should always be added as series, with the company/provider of the content in the network field. We've added The Great Courses and MaterClass as networks to enable tagging to start. If you need another course provider added as a network, please let us know in the forums. Educational content should also be tagged with the Educational Content sub-genre tag.
The waters get muddy when educational content originally airs on YouTube. Because at that point the series would be considered a web series. Please check our web series guidelines for adding these.
Some guidelines for our current educational course providers:
Exercise videos are now allowed, as long as they follow the guidelines below: