An Archaic System For Video Releases: There was an article in the The Guardian yesterday that brings up another way that the advancing technology is changing how people watch television shows and movies. The point the article makes is that the current model that the media companies use to make movies and television shows available for purchase is archaic and needs to be changed. The current model is from the 1980’s and translates into a standard time period of four months passing before movies or television shows are issued on DVD.*

The writer of the article, Frederic Filloux, also makes the specific point that television shows should be made available for purchase the day after they air on television and that he thinks that movies should be released for home video based not upon a standard four months after a movie stops showing in theaters period; but instead based upon how well they do in theaters. So if a movie is doing poorly in theaters it should ends its cinema run early and go directly to the video market place so that people can rent it or buy it and the production company can recoup some of the money it put out to have the film made.

And I’d like to add a point to this too – I also think that all movies and television shows should be made available for viewers at the same. And what I mean by that is simply that a show like Downton Abbey would be shown and available to watch via video streaming at the same time across the globe.

For clarification purposes, consider season 3 of Downton Abbey which has already been shown in the U.K. And which we have to wait to watch in the U.S. until January – despite the fact that if you’re a rabid Downton Abbey fan like me – you might check out the reviews of each episode the day after they aired in the U.K. via the online reviews in British news sites – so you’d already know what happens in season 3 and still you have to wait! And that is honestly a little pet peeve of mine! That in a world that allows us almost instant access to news and information and the ability to communicate with almost anyone almost anywhere in the world at the click of mouse or tap of app…in other words in our connected 24/7/365 world – it doesn’t make sense to have a new season of a TV show shown in one country and not made available for everyone else across the globe at that same time.

The Guardian article is titled Different release times of films and TV shows boost global piracy and may be accessed via the following link:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/nov/26/films-tvs-global-piracy

NYT Tech Guru David Pogue On The Best Tablets To Give As Gifts: The main tech guru at the New York Times – David Pogue – offers a basic overview of which type of tablet you should buy this holiday season in his latest blog posting. Which tablet you will purchase does, of course, depend upon what you are going to use it for – and his article is a nice one to peruse should you be curious about that point!

And of course, you can always pop in to the library and try out a tablet or e-reader before you buy one – or just ask a member of our tech team a question or two!

Pogue’s blog article is titled The Hot Gift Is a Tablet, but Which to Buy? And can be accessed via the following link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/29/technology/personaltech/tablets-are-hot-holiday-gifts-but-which-one-to-buy-review.html?ref=technology

FYI Roots Rock Radio!  If you’re not familiar with Roots Rock Radio is great! It is actually one of my favorite podcasts right up there with NPR’s Books & Tech podcasts! And the full title of the podcast is Richard Taylor’s Roots Rock Radio.

If you like roots rock, that is to say – rock n’ roll played on traditional instruments – guitar, bass, drums, piano/organ and sometimes a variety of horns – you should check this out – you can subscribe to the podcast for free and have it download to your iPod or other tablet or you can simply stream it to your computer by going to the Roots Rock Radio website which is found at:

http://www.rrradio.com/

And again, I’ll reiterate, you like roots rock – you will enjoy these weekly podcasts! And they should be putting out a roots rock radio Christmas special shortly too – and listening to those is always fun!

 Have a great afternoon!

Linda  R.

 

 

* Granted, with television shows you can usually purchase a license to watch the shows that are currently airing the day after each episode airs if you don’t mind streaming the videos to a mobile device or to your TV via a media streaming player like Roku or Apple TV.

 

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