April 24, 2006
Bombay TV is a fun little site that lets you create your own subtitled movies. They provide all kinds of horrible clips from B movies and you can insert your own subtitles.
It's a fun site, though it's too bad it loads so slowly and they don't let you download the movies you create.
February 6, 2006
It looks like low-resolution video downloads on iTunes are a hit. The Office and Lost are among the most popular shows and the networks seem pleased with the results so far, saying that it's good revenue and also adds to the broadcast viewership. Of course the article doesn't give any numbers, so it's hard to figure out what any of that means.
November 29, 2005
Warner Bros. and AOL are teaming up to launch a broadband network featuring free, on-demand episodes of over 300 Warner Bros. shows, including Pinky & the Brain, Growing Pains, Welcome Back Kotter, Freakazoid and more. The network, called In2TV, will feature six separate channels and be funded by advertising and sponsorship, both instream commercials and surrounding ads. Commercials will be limited to two minutes per half-hour, compared to eight minutes per half-hour on broadcast TV. The network will launch in January.
The web-based channel will have video available in a DVD-quality format called AOL Hi-Q. It's expected that the channel will be offering freebies as a way to hook audiences before moving the shows to a pay-on-demand format. Which could explain why Warner Bros. classics like Pinky & the Brain and Animaniacs have yet to come to DVD (though it appears both are scheduled for a mid-2006 DVD release).
August 17, 2005
Battlestar Galactica continues to take advantage of technology to find success outside of a major network. First they offered the entire first episode online, and though the opener is no longer available, you can watch the entire season one finale.
But as cool as that is, it gets better: They're offering audio commentary of each episode of the second season as they air. It's their own commentary podcast. You can download the files and listen to the commentary while you watch (or you could record the show and watch it through once, then sit down with the commentary and watch it again). It's the joy of DVD long before the show comes to DVD. How long before the major networks steal this idea?
April 29, 2005
The TV phone is coming, perhaps as early as the end of this year. And you thought people talking on their cell phones in public was annoying. Now they'll be watching TV, causing everyone around them to crane their neck for a good view.
The cell phone TVs are being tested now and 130,000 will be sold this year. Experts expect 125 million people to be watching TV on their cell phones in five years.