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Trial and Error

'That Media Show' Worth Imitating

August 5, 2008 11:28 AM

I’ve checked out a lot of Web video shows in the last year. And in the last month. And in the last 24 hours.

Most of them don’t stand out.

But “That Media Show” does stand out.

The series is a new project from the independent filmmaker and technology guru John Flowers, whose work I admire. And what I like about his new show—which covers the business of visual effects, movies, indie filmmaking and post-production—is that the series hits the ground running from the very first episode. That means good production values, smart writing, funny asides, insightful content, oh, and a really damn good host.

My only suggestion for the show is to embed the episode on the home page rather than offer links to iTunes and blip feeds, because when I first landed on the URL I expected to see an episode there and it took a few seconds to realize I needed to click on a link.

Here’s the first episode. And be sure to stay tuned all the way to the end. I do love outtakes.


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Comments (4)


so what you are saying is that you want it more like TV? that is change the channel and there it is rather then the more TiVO like way of "having it just show up without thinking about it."

get out of your TV way of thinking Daisy and embrace things that make your life more simple.

Daisy :

Hi TVGuy:

I actually do have the show on my iTunes and RSS feeds so I have it brought to me the Tivo way, as you say. And I like it that way. I was merely suggesting for those coming into it the first time, it would be nice to have the video on the home page.

TVGUY: keep in mind that not everyone wants to watch web video the way YOU think they should.

Daisy's point, and mine as well, is to make it as easy as possible for people to watch the show: have a player on the home page, offer RSS, iTunes, Blip.tv links, etc.

Very few people in the Real World know what an RSS feed is. You and I do, but we are a very small minority.

To reach out to the 99% of the world who just know to click on a Play button, one should offer multiple choices.

If you liked that, you should check out fxguidetv for some indepth information....and not just reporting on who is covering what...

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