December 3, 2009

TV TimeZ and DIGI-TimeZ


ABC is switching its schedule, moving Ugly Betty to Wednesdays at 10pm as of January 6 as part of its ABC Comedy Wednesday.

ABC: FlashForward, Private Practice, Private Practice
FOX: Bones, Fringe
NBC: Community, Parks and Recreation, The Office, 30 Rock, Jay Leno Show


Yahoo and Facebook recently exchanged friendship bracelets. The oldtime portal announced an extended partnership with Facebook that will allow the social network and the portal's users to combine their activity streams. Beginning in the first half of 2010, Facebook will be integrated on multiple Yahoo properties including Mail, News, Answers and Sports, enabling you to see your Facebook friends' activities on Yahoo and to share Yahoo content - ratings, photos, articles comments, etc. - directly on your Facebook stream. Yahoo says the deal is part of its new Yahoo Open strategy, a plan to transition from a closed, members-only environment to a broader architecture that allows users to skip around and mix and match between services. I wonder if this will make Yahoo a major player once again, seeing as how Google dominates the scene now.

The first known approved iPhone app that enables live streaming from one phone to another launched on the app store yesterday from the folks at Pointy Heads Software. The "Knocking Live Video" app, so named because you "knock" on someone else's phone when you send them a video, can stream videos live via 3G or WiFi, and is available on the App Store for free. (Note: the person you send a video to must also have the Knocking Live video app installed.) The app was initially rejected because it employs a proprietary, non-sanctioned API but was subsequently personally approved by Steve Jobs after the developer emailed Jobs directly.

Flip Video, makers of the popular USB-ready Flip line of portable camcorders, introduced a new gadget to wirelessly connect your video and photo library to your television. The FlipShare TV box contains a wireless router that connects to your TV, a remote and USB stick that allows videos to be streamed to the box. The $150 device ships with the company's "FlipShare 5.0" software that allows you to organize your creations into separate channels by user or subject matter. And while we're on the subject of the Flip, I am obsessed with their new commercials! I think it's such a great way to connect with the consumers on "our" level -- home movies, especially since we're all obsessed with YouTube. It's just a great advertising campaign and I'm really proud of them.