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The Apprentice Predictor

I’m going to try this tonight – Wednesdays, BBC One, 9pm – In light of recent interviews with Antony Rose who is responsible for the iPlayer and the industry news that Adobe Flash is coming to TVs and set top boxes it seems inevitable that this kind of value added service is going to end up on the TV rather than the laptop.

It all depends on the UI though. It may just be easier to keep the 2 seperate unless TV remote controls turn into mobile handsets…or vice versa…

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Wii TV EPG

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I heard about this in November and assumed it would be simply a listings of future and currently playing tv shows.

However, according to initial impressions of the recently launched (in Japan) channel, however, there’s a lot more to it!

Users can rate shows, share their favorite shows with friends, and mark their favorite programs to receive email/text alerts a half hour before they begin … in Japan.

The coolest feature I’ve heard about, though, is the ability to use the Wii remote as a universal remote control. Wii owners can use the controller to change channels, adjust the volume, and switch back and forth between their shows and the TV Guide Channel. Apparently, the sensor bar transmits your commands to your TV, making this all possible … in Japan.

Wii TV Guide Channel debuts! … in Japan – Nintendo Wii Fanboy

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Alternative Reality Games

Following on from the below quote, AGRs have really taken off recently.

‘Lost’ carved out a huge following last year with it’s online biscuit trail of rumour and intrigue, and it’s going for it again with Fly Oceanic Air.

It started with billboards spotted in Knoxville, Tennessee. The billboards advertised a URL, www.flyoceanicair.com.

On visiting the website, you are sucked into an adventure involving multiple websites, video diaries, photos with text hidden among the pixels, clue hunts, and strategy games. You can even call a toll-free phone number and get progress updates about the search for missing Oceanic Flight 815. Interesting characters and mysteries keep web players engaged and new content is posted at seemingly random intervals, forcing frequent check-ins to see if there’s anything new.

Last week Enitech Technology popped up as well…

  1. Enitech Research’s blog began posting in June last year, with links off to other bogs starting in October. Content on it started coming thick and fast at the beginning of the month.
  2. Despite that, even as early as October there are blog posts which link out to other fake blogs which go into minute details concerning the physics behind the research companies.
  3. 4 days ago a video was posted onto YouTube by an Enitech employee, in it she mentions that they’ve created something that enables them to see something like 1193 into the future.
  4. The FOX promotional website to Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles (http://www.takebackthefuture.com/) has a countdown clock matching the same number of days.
  5. In the video she mentions that one of her previous jobs was at Cyberdyne (which any Terminator fan will remember as the California tech outfit that reverse-engineered the technology to build Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger).
  6. There’s a Facebook group for Former Cyberdyne Systems Employees.
  7. Enitech’s blog post today integrates comments & suggestions left by visitors on previous posts.

ARGs are a perfect fit for sponsors looking to fund immersive, cutting-edge brand experiences and for people who love a good story — not to mention the feeling of contributing to it — There’s a whole genre of interactive experience here that we’re only just seeing the start of…

mystrands.tv

MyStrands made its name by offering audio recommendations based on what you listen to.

It’s now launched a music video service which pulls in the majority of it’s content from YouTube, but significantly seems to be doing so in a more robust fashion than any of its competitiors such as iLike, and MOG. One of the other interesting competitior in the form of Vidora.tv. Now they’ve got a really bad design, but a very good Flex widget and a bunch of interesting things going on – well worth a look.
Techcrunch has an article on it.

MyStrands has always been a very interesting company for me, and that’s illustrated by their labs page.

I was very impressed with mystrands.tv:
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niche sport content heading online

An interesting article over at NewTeeVee.com.

Grassroots buzz and genuinely interesting sports are perfect for internet consumption. Think about televised Ultimate Frisbee tournaments or Roller Hockey…These are the types of programmes that have niche audiences and offer the ability to be experimented with.

I see huge potential in this space…




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