Is it Live? Isn’t it Live?
January 2, 2007 12:41 PM
ManiaTV, a round-the-clock online TV channel, added new features recently. The new site now includes a “group channel platform, preference-driven video offerings and dynamic profiling.” Yeah, my head’s spinning too. That all sounds like mumbo jumbo, so let’s just go online and see if the site is easy to use.
My first thought is video doesn’t play instantly when I show up. Generally, I like that feature. But with a 24-7 video service I expect the live channel to start playing instantly. Instead, I choose to watch a show called “Hollywood Minute.” I learn many useful things, such as the latest speculation that Nicole Kidman must be pregnant because she has bangs. (That means she’s supposedly hiding her now visible forehead wrinkles under her hair since she can’t get botox shots with a bun in the oven.)
That’s enough celebrity gossip for me so I click on the “Live TV” tab to see what’s playing at this very moment. And it’s Madonna’s “Vogue” video. I watch a few seconds, and then click on the next video in the queue. It doesn’t load. Of course, this is where I smack myself on the forehead (that’s my low-tech way of knocking out the wrinkles too) because I just remembered that I am watching the live channel. But, I had forgotten that little fact because I am on the INTERNET, which I think of as an on-demand experience. I want what I went when I want it.
I tool around on the site and click on a few more videos and channels. They all work fine, load quickly and play easily. But I’m just not convinced that this site is easy enough yet. Is it live? Isn’t it live? It’s all too much to figure out. I’m going to log off and just go watch TV on the TV.