19 06 2007

I’m off to Japan for a little over a week, so you lot can entertain yourselves. I would advise you to watch the season premiere of Entourage (S04E01)and try and catch John From Cincinnati, which is really out there. I think I like it, give me one more week. Other than that, if anyone sees any 07-08 pilots leaked on “teh internets” while I’m away, be sure to post the links in the comments below. Thats right, do my work for me.

Video of the Week – Lost plane crash remixed

17 06 2007

This weeks top video is from Lost. A Youtube user has re-edited the plane crash that started it all, but with all the perspectives we currently know about. So we have Jack and Rose in their seats, Desmond on a mission to “Push the Button”, and the others at their book club meeting. Enjoy it after the jump.

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Youtube Mobile launches for everyone

17 06 2007

Regular readers will know I’m not the biggest fan of mobile video. Especially grainy, mobile streamed video. So you will be surprised to know that I am pleased at the announcement that after exclusivity deals with Verizon in the US and Vodafone in the UK, Youtube mobile has launched for anyone with a semi decent mobile phone. You no longer have describe all those time-wasting videos to everyone when you are sitting in the pub, you can show them. Because they will love that.

A quick glance at the site at tells me that not everything is available, and they are probably converting videos to .3gp as we speak on the basis of popularity or some such. In the spirit of the new Transformers movie, I was trying to look for this video. What? Its just me and my mates on a night out!

In related news Google, having conceded defeat in the video sharing space and bought Youtube, completed the transformation of Google Video into a search engine last week. The site now aggregates video from all over the web including Yahoo, Myspace and Veoh, along with their own Youtube. Useful.

The Sarah Connor Chronicles goes to…

14 06 2007

.. Virgin and their new entertainment channel, designed to appease their subscribers at the loss of Sky One. Due to start in the US on Fox in January, it follows John Connor in the time between T2 and T3, as is my understanding. My personal opinion based on the trailer below is that I can’t see how long they can sustain the story, but I have known to be wrong. Like, 0.000001% of the time or something. But again, I applaud what Virgin are doing, although I advise them to steal a terrestrial hit if they want to drag viewers away from existing channels. May I suggest…hmmm, what is there left. Let me get back to you. Check the trailer out for yourself below. Read the rest of this entry »

Swingtown goes to..

14 06 2007

Last week when it was announced that ITV had bought Pushing daisies, there were a couple of other purchases that slipped under the my radar. One was a CBS drama that ITV say will play out in primetime on ITV1, and at other times on ITV3.

Swingtown (cue press release voice):-

peeks into the shag-carpeted suburban homes of the 1970s to find couples reveling in the sexual and social revolution that introduced open marriages, women’s liberation and challenged many conventional wisdoms.

It stars Jack Davenport, and I liked him in Coupling and the other things that he did. I didn’t watch This Life (past my bedtime) but I heard he was alright in that too. Watch a preview of Swingtown below..

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UK broadcasters unite to create video on demand solution

14 06 2007

It is almost as if they read my post yesterday and took immediate action. UK broadcasters have today decided to work together to create a joint offering that allows viewers to download copies of their favourite shows to their PC’s. With a working title of Project Kangaroo, it is not yet known how this application will work alongside the existing download services available from the UK networks.

although initially a broadband proposition, the application would one day be installed in freeview boxes, and work much in the same way as BT Vision does today, delivering content over the the old copper wire, and maybe one day fibre optics if BT get their act together. Stay tuned for more developments… or maybe this is a knee-jerk reaction to a loss of viewers to Bittorrent, Youtube and the internet in general, and nothing will come of it. Only time will tell.

Flight of the Conchords

14 06 2007

HBO haven’t taken the iTunes plunge, and I don’t think they will. If people could get their favourite Home Box Office shows “A la Carte” so to speak, I can imagine their core business of paid monthly subscription would dwindle significantly.

what they have been experimenting with however, is select episodes of new shows, available to stream direct from their website. One such example is a new comedy called Flight of the Conchords. I would give you background, but why read when you can watch right? Click here for the magic.