Friday, May 22, 2009

Manilow TV is coming


We were all wondering if this step would be taken by TPTB after setting up the audio vault. We've all seen the Hotline. (And Moonstone did the best with it, graphics-wise!)

Hidden deep inside a distant mountain…..
Double locked behind a 32 inch thick steel door……
Found only at the end of a narrow tunnel….
Carved by hand from the overhead tons of granite.
Therein lies the treasure…….
Protected by the sub zero temperatures…..
Watched by an elite cadre of trained commandos…..
Every performance….
Every concert…..
Every interview…..
Every guest appearance…..
Preserved for centuries…..
Saved for you…….
And now….from deep inside the THE VAULT…..
Manilow.TV……is ready to offer the shows of a lifetime…..From the Showman of Our Generation….
THE SHOWS You know the shows…..The ones you’ve been begging for…….“Ultimate Manilow from Manchester, UK in 2008” “Hot Tonight from Chicago in 1983” “Greatest Hits And Then Some from Sydney in 1994”And more…and more….and more……..Exclusive….unseen…..beyond belief. Each month they’ll arrive on line…….and you’ll be able to watch until your heart’s content….or you content your heart. Can you watch them every hour of the day…..of course.

Can you download them and bootleg copies…..not unless you want to be shot at sunrise.

Can you have an absolute blast seeing some of these once in a lifetime classics…..GUARANTEED. STAY TUNED Check in soon for details on exactly how Manilow.TV…..The Internet Television Subscription Service….will work. See you on the telly!!!!!

The emphasis above is added.
I'm looking forward to this - lots of good stuff out there that got missed so if it's not going up for sale or on iTunes, I'll plant myself in front of the 'puter once in a while (outside of work) to enjoy it.

I have enough friends, acquaintances, and clients in various branches of the music industry to understand the emphasized "For cryin' out loud, don't bootleg this"statement. TPTB ran into this issue with the audio vault; many innocent fans didn't realize that it wasn't OK to save the MP3s and got themselves into crosshairs they didn't expect.

There's a way around this in four little words: Adobe. Flash. Video. Encoder.
In the Web CS3 edition, it's a separate software program. In the latest and greatest CS4, it's incorporated into the Flash Professional application. Link to info.

I've been playing with animation and video since Flash was on the drawing board and the state of the art was the ShockWave plugin (remember browser plugins??) created by Macromedia (which eventually got bought up by Adobe and made a bunch of little nerds very rich.) The process has gotten a lot easier and cheaper (less than $2K US for a complete web package) so you can stream your video and prevent downloads/bootlegging at the same time.

First, you have to reeeeeallllly know what you're doing to even find the flash file on your Temporary Internet Files directory. Then, you can't burn it onto a DVD and expect to play it on your TV. Even if you could, the quality would suck anyway because the data would be compressed for streaming. This is how YouTube works, this is how your favorite TV station archives show episodes for viewing, etc. So subscribers get their video legally, it's streamed on demand, and nothing gets bootlegged. Win-win all around.

But that's just me. I'm sure TPTB already know this and are encoding their little fingers off with that huge vault full of video. ;-) I'll be watching to see when this launches - hopefully soon after the Convention.

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