A New Kind Of Television

Well, today is the day. Finally, after weeks of waiting, I received my copy of Halo 2 via UPS ground. Now I must confess that I have not had a chance to try it yet, but will be getting into the groove here in the next day or so when things slow down a bit. At this point, the weekend looks like a good time to give Halo 2 a test run.

With all of the Halo fever running through everyone’s blood lately, I came across a site called Red vs. Blue. Apparently, this IS a virtual soap opera involving virtual Halo characters from the game. After watching a couple of episodes I found myself pondering something. Why are there not more people using the Internet as an alternative to getting into standard FCC regulated broadcasting? I am not speaking of ‘Podcasting’ or other audio formats. Instead I am talking about doing more video work like Kevin Rose did with The Broken. Yes, parts of the show were silly, but the episode with Kevin Mitnick was very, very cool.

I think the reasoning that broadcasting video over the Internet being too much of a ‘bandwidth issue’ are about licked thanks to advancements in Peer-to-Peer networks such as Shareaza and BitTorrent. If the broadcaster had the proper equipment, ideas and drive, coming up with new and exciting shows to watch would be a snap.

Now before I get flooded with mail stating that there are already shows out there that cater to this sort of thing, let me be clear. Most of them are audio only and the ones that are video are scarce to say the least. I believe that utilizing trends like RSS, Weblogging and this media-casting thing that all of the iPod users are nuts over is an example of how something like this could work.

‘OK smart guy, if it is so easy, then why haven’t you done it?’ Fair enough, but I am not someone that has the time to take on ‘yet another project ‘ right now. Keep in mind that I am not unseen to the broadcast world though. In addition to a number of radio appearances, I also did a stint with IT Conversations as a guest interviewer with Chris DiBona, the Open Source guru who now works for Google. I had a blast with it, but found that getting people lined up for an interview was a real pain and sometimes bordering impossible. The one person that did show interest in being interviewed was a TechTV personality (now G4) that later got caught up in other stuff and was unable to participate. Everyone else basically ignored my invitations, so I became disillusioned with the whole thing.

So here is my challenge to you, folks. You think you have what it takes to be the next big media sensation in the tech world? Let’s see what you got! I would like to see the IT pros of the Lockergnome world show the world what they got. Grab your vid-cams, mics, and ingenuity. Get everything set up and create your own tutorial or how-to that involves something that would be of interest to the audience of this newsletter. All content needs to be work-safe or it will not be accepted of course.

Sounds like fun? It could be! If you were to create an IT-related tutorial that can be put on to file sharing networks, BitTorrent, etc., I will work with the person that I select as the winner to get you some publicity. While it may not as good as a commercial on Superbowl Sunday, it will definitely suffice. ;o) Send all entries to the ‘comment’ feature located above next to my name at the top. All entries need to be in by Nov. 22nd to be counted. Good luck! Remember, you are targeting the IT crowd, so the better the tutorial, the better your chances.

Let’s get digital!