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is it me or does tv suck? hollywood meet the internet.

April 3, 2008

just want to throw a thought at hollywood. you guys are some of the most creative people in the world [bar none]. and for so long the standard for good content has went down hill because of the never ending bottom line. i understand the internet is not perfect but it is open distribution for your ideas. look at your creative counter-parts in san fran [although technical] the creative bloodlines run deep in the both of you.

the is a open letter to all producers, writers, actors, etc to start doing projects just because you think they are good ideas not because they need to be bought by some network. look at the opportunity the internet provides. there is no good content [which we are all asking for] and no guy in a suit telling you to appeal to women 25+ a bit more or your show will not see the light.

we all will benefit from you expertise and creativity when it comes to writing, casting and telling a story. and the cool thing about it is you have a chance to play with the way storylines are developed because the web offers tons of ways to get users engaged with good content.

just think michel gondry decides to develop a show for the internet with the following specs:

1.   release once a day

2. 45-75 seconds in length

3. digital casting

4. gondry puts up new scripts every monday

5. anyone has the ability to participate in the show and record themselves acting out the script [uploads video to site]

6. gonry selects the best actors and edits the show together  [from the videos they uploaded]

7. syndicate the final version of each episode across the web

could we do this without holloywood? yes. but there is an art form to what hollywood brings to the table and we all on the tech side have to respect that.

not saying the above idea in the world but you want to talk about leveraging a social medium to create a social shows…this may be the starting place. this would not be easy but there is a lot of opportunity for content to take the next step.

plus its fucking cool.

marx.

is joost about to launch to the public?

March 26, 2007

it was about 2am est…for no reason at all i was checking out some of the video sites out there to see if there was anything new i have not seen. i clicked on joost and the site is down with a ‘we are working on the site’ message. well if you are in private beta as joost has been is there any real reason to update your site? i would think not. with the news of fox/nbc last week is joost looking to grab some early market share by launching a little bit earlier than planned. might not be a bad idea.
this is just a guess on my end.

if anyone out there has any more information let me know.

marx.

update: the site is back up and sorry to say joost is not open to the public. they added a few more features like:

  • whats on joost
  • more screenshots of the platform
  • and if you have not seen the joost player it is now on the site

the most interesting of all the new features is a section called ‘share’. i had no idea what to expect when i clicked on it seeing the only thing i could really share was a link to the site at this point unless i am a beta tester. but i was surprised when i clicked on it…they go into how users will be able to share their channels with friends and take the tv watching experience into a community like environment.

this brings up another point. i watched last week march madness games at a friends place in nyc. we have a mutual good friend who lives in miami. the coolest thing about watching the games was hopping on ichat to talk through what was happening in the game real time with our friend in miami. that give me the idea that we can all watch the game together from 3 different parts of the world. if anyone works for the nba, nfl, mlb or nhl (and nhl you need help) this is a tech you should take advantage of. i would call it ‘game talk’ or ‘game chat’. allow people with webcams to come to the .com of that sport and login to talk with those who are watching the game as well. of course people will start to talk smack but thats the beauty of it.

just a thought. sorry for the long update. see the new joost site here

tv nets fight back….youtube dead?

March 22, 2007

well it had to happen. nbc and fox have teamed up to create a new video sites that will carry all their content for free. i just want to point out a few things:

1. users will be able to get all these shows in one place

2. advertisers will be able to buy both tv and online through one source

3. the power of the nets to market this to users

i am not saying youtube, joost, and other are done but as a user on techcrunch says…”its not a divorce of ugc and professional content but it is a separation”. true, true.

i know this is not the last we will hear from google and co on the topic but if viacom took the gloves off with the 1b dollar lawsuit then nbc and fox threw the first bare knuckle punch.

read full techcrunch story here. read the comments as well very interesting.

marx.

update: cuban is in on it now…here

update: techcrunch update from nbc/fox press call here.