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Friday, October 14, 2005


Download your favourite (or favorite for the US readers) TV shows direct to your iPod through iTunes. The new iPod has TV out. So basically - download, for TV.

No TV company / cable company / Murdoch / advertisers / sky+ / freeview / etc. needed. So now 'Desperate Housewives' will be competing with the Landcrab films for viewers attention. On iTunes podcasting. A level playing field.

Our video blog launches next week.

When I started this blog in August this was something to aim for in the future. Now it is here. So it begins...


The Uncle said...

TV is screwed, it's official.

Although I believe the effects won't be apparent immediately.

It will be interesting to compare how a free Lancrab film will do against a $1.99 episode of 'Lost'.

Hollywood will latch on quick to the 365 video blog mentality. Series 3 of 'Lost' could well be written in a colaborative manner with full input from the public for character development and plot threads.

Rich S said...

Now you're opening up a whole can of worms Uncle F with all your talk of writer/audience collaboration, but i'll not go in to that here, check out the 'Oh dear am i coming at this the wrong way' thread on this blog.

I agree that TV is screwed, but i'm not convinced that it's the new ipod that will do it. Our house had the misfortune of getting a freeview box this week (something that I have fought against tooth and nail for over a year now) and having seen the array of durge that it holds I can honestly say that i've not watched it once. BBC1, BBC2 and ch4 still have the best viewing. My worry is that when everybody has access to the multitude of mediocre channels that the world of small screen has to offer, the good stuff (such as it is) will be spread so thin that there will be no point owning a TV. At this point the ipod and a million MP3/4 competitors (who are just as competent but nowhere near as cool) will come in to their own by allowing us selective viewing. This in turn may force a backlash in which the TV companies in a last ditch desperate attempt to save themselves will again start making good programmes based upon download statistics.

Sounds like the synopsis to a Woody Allen film I know but mark my words, it's all in the tealeaves..

hmm tea.

Tim Clague said...

The iPod is just the tip of the iceberg - and just a conduit. There has been short films etc on the web before. But now, through the global iTunes interface 'big TV' can compete with micro TV. Who will come out on top? I don't know. But at least we're in with a chance.

Paul Draper said...

With a programming free for all, who becomes the quality arbiter of what we watch?

I wouldnt like to get to the US state of 1,000 channels in order to get some real gems (and there are some in the US).

This is interesting though, think it should be given support.

I've just watched the 1960's film "The Battle of Algiers" by Pontecorvo - just incredible...

Tim Clague said...

Paul. There is no gatekeeper. That is the opportunity / risk. I hope that it works itself out in a certain way. Remember how I've been banging on about the film-maker audience relationship and how it should be more direct? With this new model of distruibution, the blog/iTunes model, it will be easier to follow peoples careers in a more direct way. Who cares if it is on BBC, ITV, sky, net etc. I just want to watch the new project by Mark Romanek whether it is a music video or short film. This model lets me do that. Who needs Murdoch?

Paul Draper said...

You're right, and between gatekeeper or no gatekeeper you'd rather have the freedom.

However a trusted gatekeeper for a channel can be worth a lot, take BBC3 or 4 - continually selecting excellent content so far, although a few too many repeats of "Two Pints o Lager and a Packet of Crisps" on 3 for my taste.

Tim Clague said...

I think the high volumes of TV shows on DVD just goes to show that people like TV programmes - but not TV schedules.