Sage TV looking for Mac beta testers

SageTV is a very interesting media center software for Windows and Linux. Now they’re looking for beta testers for a Mac version as well.

Sage is turning into a true cross platform media center software. My early experiments with Sage was very promising and now it seems like it’s time to give it another go.

The SageTV placeshifter and SageTV media extender is very interesting. Now, if you can start combining boxes and operating systems you have a very nice media server that can stream your media around the house to thin clients, windows, linux and mac boxes.

(Via PVRWire)

Sage TV looking for Mac beta testers


I stole this headline from Jeff Jarvis. He is talking about Fox News:

FoxNews takes the Bill Clinton interview down from YouTube. Fools. They would be getting a whole new audience. They’d be even more part of the conversation.

I agree. Fools. One thing is that taking it down is a fight that they can’t win.Here is the results for the search “bill clinton fox news” on YouTube right now. And that’s only YouTube. Once it’s out there you can’t stop it.

But Fox is a commercial company. Of course they want to take their content down from YouTube. How on earth are they going to earn money from this distribution channel?

They want people to watch the clip on In their own web-TV. A web TV with some problems:

  • less accessible
  • no discussion
  • not easy to link directly to a clip
  • not possible to include the clip on web pages where people discuss this interview
  • problems with less used browsers and operating systems

After emailing myself the link from the FoxNews player I was able to provide you with the direct link to that clip – FOX News Video: Heated Discussion. Warning: it’s a popup, so the player wil probably be stopped by your popup stopper.

So, people want it on YouTube. They want to discuss it. They want to paste the clip on their blogs and comment on it. So what should Fox do? I actually think that having the clip on YouTube will drive more people to their traditional channels. That they will earn more even if they can’t directly tie an income to the clip on YouTube.

But my suggestion right now would be that Fox take control. It should have been Fox that posted the clip on YouTube in the first place. They should have made their own submission the preferred among the YouTube crowd. By submitting it first. Maybe even before it was aired on traditional channels. They could also have added extra value to their own submission by including clips that was not aired on traditional channels.

YouTube are kind enough to provide Fox with a counter that will show how many people watched the clip on that channel. How about including commercials in the clip they post on YouTube? It shouldn’t be too difficult to price it, given that they have the number of viewers.


Adobe Photoshop Elements and MCE

I am using Adobe Photoshop Elements 4 to administrate my images. To make collections, simple editing, tagging and organizing.

I have more than 30 000 images in my collection and Photoshop Elements is one of the programs that actually handle that amount of pictures.


The picture module in Windows Media Center is pretty limited. And it does not support automatic rotation based on EXIF info. That is extremely annoying. And, when I have tagged a series of images with “The best pictures from the summer of 2006” I want to be able to run that exact collection as a slide show on my TV.

Now, if you install Photoshop Elements 4 on your MCE box you will get an option in more prorgrams that starts a Photoshop Elements plugin for MCE. It has the pretty slow and boring navigation like online spotlight services and most of the other plugins for MCE, but it lets you browse tags, collections and calendars from Photoshop Elements in MCE on your TV screen.

I must admit that on my 30 000 pictures collection it is quite slow, but as long as I have made the collection in Elements first this is a nice way to look at it on the TV screen.

And, it lets you view PSD-files in MCE and rotates images based on EXIF info…

Adobe Photoshop Elements and MCE

The Long Tail in your living room


Oyvind answers my quick link to Fortune Magazine with a very good post on how the net will change your media habits. I decided to comment on it with a separate article here:

Moving the internet into the living room has been done before. But the big problem with the WEB-TV products of the late ninties was the fact that the companies making those products didn’t understand the living room situation at all and thought that web pages as we know them today would be a good idea on the big screen. They soon realized that it was a horrible idea. Traditional web pages are not designed for the big screen and a remote.

So, over the last couple of years products like the media center softwares you find here and connected hardware boxes like the proposed Apple iTV box, the Xbox 360 and other devices starts to bring content from the internet into your living room with a front end that is tailored for the big screen and remote control navigation.

The quality on YouTube and Google video is not at all tailored for the big screen, but that quality will be better. And I think we’ll see that the audience develop a tolerance for low quality on certain types of content combined with a need for high definition and very high quality on other types of content.

This is the long tail entering a space where the big broadcasters have been ruling for the last decades. I repeat, we’re up for some groundbreaking change…

The Long Tail in your living room

Viral Ads: It’s an Epidemic

Fortune Magazine’s Devin Leonard has a very interesting article on viral ads:

And here’s an intriguing question: Can YouTube and Google Video figure out a way to make this a business? If so, could they become the web’s equivalent of the broadcast networks?

These are the sorts of riddles that keep media moguls awake at night.

I have mentioned this before. When the internet really starts to shift the flow of money in the media industry we are up for some groundbreaking change…

(Via Micro Persuasion)

It’s already in the trackbacks for this article, but I want to make this one even more available and decided to put it up here in the article. Brilliantdays: It’s epidemic – soon your tv will have a zillion channels. Read it.

Viral Ads: It’s an Epidemic