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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, one of the keynote speakers at the NewTeeVee Live event today in San Francisco, believes that the only way to reach “video nirvana” is to put the Internet on television by building browsers into TVs and getting rid of remotes.

via [Read Write Web]


Wired have a great round up of the tools being used (I’d imagine only a handful of many) to track and interact with the discussion around last night’s Presidential debate:

Current TV and Twitter have partnered to create “Hack The Debate.” Current will stream live tweets to its television broadcast of the debate. It will also stream the debate live online. The on-air tweets will be filtered to cut out cuss words. Tag your tweets with #Current, and they could be featured on TV. This should be interesting.

Twitter has launched its own Election 2008 section. You’ll find a torrent of commentary streaming online. Might be fun to check out on your iPhone or iTouch when you’re at a party and bored with the conversation.

C-Span has a meta-page that features blog and Twitter-round-ups, embeddable video clips, a debate timeline and live rolling transcript, and a word tree that will analyze the number of times a candidate uses a particular word (sound familiar?)

Free Press has launched a web page where you can rate the performances of the debate moderators, perhaps an inevitable development. If you can’t join ’em, rate ’em.

Javalava has a weird and interesting application called “Shout” in the iTunes store that lets you vent anonymously in chat rooms with people around the world. The app now has a US Elections room.

CNN has launched a page called “Debate the Debates,” where after you register and log in, you can chat with each other, as you watch the debate either on television or streamed online. Voters will also have the chance to interact with CNN’s correspondents online.

Why blog this? This is an interesting list of application of technology in a major political event, and shows that broadcasters are ready and able to apply new tools to allow social interaction with the content.

via [Wired]

Continuing the trend of mainstream media integrating user-generated content into its programming, CBS has launched EyeMobile for iPhone, allowing its users to submit photos and videos to the company’s citizen journalism site: While several cable networks have launched similar efforts – CNN with iReport and FoxNews with uReport – CBS is the first of the “big three” broadcast networks to get into the game.

Why blog this? Embracing citizen journalism rather than scoffing at it, the US networks are welcoming content from their audience. Cynically, one might suggest it is an easy way of getting immediate content (think of the images which came from the 7/7 tube bomb attacks, mostly from the man on the street in the first few moments, rather than journalists).

Quite a geeky/hardcore tech post, but Sony Bravia televisions are making waves with support for widgets. The new range of televisions come with an SDK (What is an SDK?) to allow developers to build onscreen applications which the television will support. Certain models of the Bravia supports the PSP style application and content browser to navigate photos, video and so on.

Why blog this? Interesting on a number of levels. By providing an SDK, Sony are opening up the television platform to allow any developer to create applications and interactive widgets for their televisions. Whilst Sony will of course retain editorial control over which applications appear (not unlike Apple’s AppStore process), it still opens the door for creating engaging and useful interactive tools which could enrich viewing. It has always been hard getting new forms of technology into the front room, but the television has always been the easiest method of reaching that goal. With support for on screen applications, this is a very interesting move.

via [Sony Insider]