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Jimi Hendrix Fly-on-the-Wall Documentary Out Next Year November 20, 2010

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Late guitarist’s sister says live album is also in the works

A new Jimi Hendrix documentary trailing the late guitarist’s two-night residency at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 1969 is set to be released next year.

The film has been put together using footage of the shows plus material taken on his tour of Europe that year, according to his sister Janie Hendrix.

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Detroit Musician Creates Music Videos for the Hearing Impaired–He’s Deaf Too August 27, 2009

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Sean Forbes was born into a family of musicians. According to Detroit Make it Here, a Web site powered by Crain’s Detroit Business and Detroit Renaissance, Sean’s stepmother is a pianist, his brothers play saxophone and bass and his father and uncle lead the Detroit country rock band The Forbes Brothers. Therefore, the odds were good that Sean would also have some musical genes. He does.

The 27-year-old Farmington Hills resident plays drums and bass. But one thing differentiates him from the rest of his family. He’s been deaf since he was a baby.

Being deaf since he was young and having an interest in music put Sean into a unique position. He understood that others like him probably appreciated music as well. Maybe he couldn’t hear the music, but he could feel the music of instruments vibrating. He wanted to try to translate the power of lyrics in a way that deaf people could understand.

Sean posted his videos on YouTube, where they immediately became popular. Joel Martin, a music publisher in Ferndale, eventually signed on to help Sean start his own music video company, D-PAN (Deaf Performing Artists Network).

Here a news clip from a Detroit television station which introduces Sean, followed by a video based upon a song by John Mayer entitled Waiting For the World to Change.

The people signing in this video are hearing impaired performers from around the country who are signed by Sean’s company to star in the videos. These videos are compiled into DVD volumes and sold in stores and online.

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Online Video Killed the Radio Star August 5, 2009

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“It is difficult to imagine the public tolerating a return to paid content for video genres that are currently ad-funded,” said Paul Verna, eMarketer senior analyst and author of the report.

Audience levels and stream counts are climbing, the demographic range of the viewing population is expanding and the content mix is evolving from short, snack-type clips to long-form content such as TV shows and feature films, according to eMarketer.

By 2013, Web video viewers will make up 85% of all Web users, eMarketer finds. That equals 188 million consumers who will stream or download a video at least once a month — up from 144 million, or 72% of all Web users this year.

The mass-market tipping point will occur in 2010, when online video will be viewed by 50% of U.S. consumers.

Most online video inventory is funded through ad support, but some feature films and mainstream sports content continue to be monetized through subscriptions and download fees.

The ability to share video through social networks, blogs, micro-blogs, e-mail and other social platforms makes every video a potential viral hit and opens opportunities for content distributors and marketers to monetize the medium, eMarketer concludes.

Improvements in streaming quality — including HD — will also go a long way toward making the online video experience more attractive to users, especially on mobile devices.

Meanwhile, much of the growth in the Web video space over the past year has come from premium content — TV shows, movies, news programs and mass-media events that have played out online. A number of trends will keep online video on an aggressive growth trajectory in the coming years.

Broadband Connection: Are You Getting What You Have Paid For? July 28, 2009

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When downloading music, video, pages and other material from the internet, do your downloads slow to a crawl? Do you think that with the internet connection you are suppose to have your downloads would be faster?

If your broadband speed is not what you thought you were paying for, this is more than simply a perception.

Broadband customers receive only half the speed they pay for when downloading music, pages, films and other material from the internet, Ofcom discloses in a definitive survey which confirms suspicions that services are far slower than advertised.

While most customers in the UK subscribe to packages offering “up to 8 Mbit/s” (mega bits per second) nine major broadband companies delivered only 4.1 Mbit/s, 57 per cent of the “headline rate”. No customers achieved the top speed; the maximum was 7.1 Mbit/s.

Ofcom found significant differences between internet service providers (ISPs). Tiscali 8 Mbit/s customers received on average 3.2 to 3.7, while AOL and BT struggled to deliver much more than 4 Mbit/s. By contrast, Virgin Media’s “up to 10 Mbit/s” cable package delivered 8.1 Mbit/s, far superior to the other packages.

The report UK Broadband Speeds 2009 said the major factor determining speed was distance between homes and broadband exchanges; homes more than 2km away were much slower.
To check current speeds, Ofcom commissioned the specialist company SamKnows to check the rates delivered by the nine biggest providers – AOL; BT; O2; Orange; Plusnet; Sky; TalkTalk; Tiscali; and Virgin Media, which account for 90 per cent of all broadband connections. Ofcom found that speeds were significantly lower in the evening; average speeds between 8pm and 10pm were 3.7 Mbit/s. Rural homes received significantly slower speeds (3.3Mbit/s), than city homes (4.6Mbit/s).

Ofcom said 83 per cent of customers were satisfied with their broadband service, but of the 9 per cent that were dissatisfied, speed was their biggest complaint.

It said advertising was a matter for the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Steve Weller, marketing director at price comparison service uSwitch.com, said the report was “damning” of the broadband companies.

“They obviously get away with misleading customers with their ‘up to 8 meg’ – customers either never receive 8 meg and most customers get much lower than the advertised speeds,” he said.

People in rural areas in particular are being treated like second-rate customers.”

The Machine is (Changing) Us: YouTube and the Politics of Authenticity July 23, 2009

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33.44 minutes in length

1,728,000 minutes/day
Over 1000x faster than you can watch
493,714 videos/day
1,000,000 videos uploaded per day
Over 99.9% irrelevant to you (estimated)

Youtube 3D Coming at You July 20, 2009

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According to a thread which appeared on Youtube over the weekend, an engineer at Youtube is experimenting with 3D. Known as YT3D (You Tube 3D), this is still largely in the experimental stage, and because this is a “20% project,” it is not this engineer’s primary focus. It is hard to say when this capability will become available.

Incidentally, to view this 3D video, you do need those hokey cardboard 3D glasses, the kind which were popular with horror If this video doesn’t appear properly as posted on my blog, you can view this test video online on Youtube at:

Although this is certainly light years away, imagine the day that youtube morphs into a site that delivers holograms to your desktop. It could happen.

For that Google/Youtube thread: