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TV of Yesterday: First TV Remote RCA Wireless Wizard Does it All!

Thanks to Odd Todd (one of the funniest cartoonists out there) for pointing this out. This is RCA's first remote control and the infomercial to introduce it. We need a bit of that "glitter marketing" in the interactive TV industry -- take note people. Don't forget the expensive manicure. Favorite Quotes: "You can operate every control - all 7 functions!" "See all color shows in living color!" "On chair convenience! Luxurious styling."
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TV of Tomorrow: "Death Star Destroys the Enterprise"

This video was produced by Mike Horn at Current and it's amazing. I don't necessarily like to see my beloved Enterprise singed into non-existence, but it really hurts here beautifully. The way he integrates live action with the special effects over San Francisco is awe-inspiring. You can really feel the size of those things. It's not interactive TV, but it's certainly The TV of Tomorrow. From now on, we'll highlight what we think is great...

Star Trek Obsessed: Seeing the Premiere of “Star Trek” May 7, 2009

I finally posted my comments about the new #startrek movie on my personal blog. Here's a blurb: The Movie and the Writing : The fact that they did it is a good thing. There’s nothing like being energized by the Star Trek universe. It made me feel like my life was so primitive and analogue when I re-entered my San Francisco home after the evening, but pleased that the franchise had been revived in an...

Grumbling About New Star Trek Movie - Am Cynical About It Until...

Talk about TV OF TOMORROW: Haven't seen it yet, but what I have seen of the new Star Trek movie looks like it has completely lost its soul. But...not sure. Will see on Thursday at 7:00 PM debut at the Metreon in SF. People who claim that they were never into Star Trek (see this all over Twitter), but now they might be into it because this film will be all action adventure and sex...

Posted Tom Kennedy Memorial on subslumming.wordpress.com

For those of you who have known me for many years, you know that I created an art car. Perhaps you saw it at the Western Show in Pasadena in our booth? See picture below: "Marblas Shrpkr" Well, I thought I'd post something a bit personal rather than just my usual observation about interactive TV. Over and above the fact that I'm entrenched in the ITV industry, I'm also part of the San Francisco Art...

MediaMelon: Optimizing the Economics and Performance of Online Video

Optimizing the Economics and Performance of Online Video by Tom Carroux, MediaMelon

The economics of distributing videos online is challenging
for many publishers. Consumers expect a high quality video experience,
especially if the video content is accompanied by advertising or requires some form of payment. Online video publishers typically operate their own origin servers or store their videos with cloud storage services such as Amazon S3 , and then use...

Jason Kilar and Other Observations at AdTech 2009 in SF

Attended AdTech 2009 in San Francisco yesterday. Very well-run show - well-laid out. A lot of room to move around, though, this year. Asked Jason Kilar , CEO of Hulu , after his keynote, whether they would pursue any interactive TV advertising opportunities (interactive overlays, hotspotting, etc.) in light of the fact that it was well known that brand advertising associated with broadband tv sites had limited effectiveness. He discounted this observation and then went...

Susan Boyle Sings!: The Power of the Internet, YouTube, Longtail, and UUC

Unbelievable. I heard about this and clicked over to see it. Ok, it's not interactive, but it's on-demand online, on YouTube, uploaded by someone (UUC), and not even on TV in the US! This video demonstrates the real power of what the Internet is about (e.g. YouTube, Longtail, and User Uploaded Content ) and what it can do: reach across thousands of miles, across the ocean and make a serious impact ( i.e. move us...

Conrad the Cigar and Pipe Man

A good friend of mine is part of a select subculture of men who post videos concerned mainly with pipe smoking and facial hair. This is Conrad. He is the king of this subculture, or at least noone else attempts quite to do what he does. He has posted almost 7000 videos of himself smoking various pipes and the occasional cigar. He never speaks. Some contain excellent background music.. Tango and Opera. Conrad is also...

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