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Razor cuts niche TV deal in Singapore – Asia entertainment news from Variety –

HONG KONG — The Media Development Authority of Singapore has issued a ‘niche TV license’ to Singapore Press Holdings (SPH). Company plans to launch Razor TV, an interactive Web TV service with an emphasis on local content. The MDA is also funding Razor’s technology through a grant. The license allows Razor a five year opportunity to operate Internet Protocol TV services that mix live web studio streaming and real time audience interactivity.

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Call for Papers –

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Computer Games; Animation, Multimedia, IPTV, Edutainment and Security
International Conference and Symposium on
28th-30th April 2008
Authors should submit a complete paper in English of up to 8 A4 pages, using the submission procedure indicated below. The program committee will review all papers and the contact author of each paper will be notified of the result, by email. Each paper should clearly indicate the nature of its technical/scientific contribution, and the problems, domains or environments to which it is applicable. Authors must also indicate the conference track to which the paper is submitted. The paper must be carefully checked for correct grammar and spelling.
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iPhone launch via TV – wow itsReal

What will normal media become when can reach a global audience instantly via an internet connection with a chat box for instant global reactions ?

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Screenshot Tour: Watch TV over the internet with Joost – Review By Lifehacker

One of the loudest buzzing apps of late is Joost, a TV-over-the-internet program (Windows and Mac) promising to bring a full-fledged, high quality television experience to your computer without the need for a capture card or any other hardware. All you need is an internet connection and a copy of Joost. Now I’ll let you know how Joost worked for me

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Screenshot Tour: Watch TV over the internet with Joost – Review By Lifehacker

One of the loudest buzzing apps of late is Joost, a TV-over-the-internet program (Windows and Mac) promising to bring a full-fledged, high quality television experience to your computer without the need for a capture card or any other hardware. All you need is an internet connection and a copy of Joost. Now I’ll let you know how Joost worked for me

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Joost has arrived…

Let me download and see what we all have been waiting for…


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Looking for a Career TIP – Look up the Digital Content Creation Industry – itsCreative

New report predicts huge growth for digital industries

A new report announces that the digital content creation market will rise to nearly $5billion in the next five years.

Jon Peddie Research‘s 2007 Digital Content Creation Report predicts that the 3D modeling and animation, 2D animation, digital video, graphics and imaging, and audio markets will reach a worth of $4.9 billion by 2012, reflecting a compound annual growth rate of 10%.

The report claims the fastest growing segments in the future will be interactive development and video, as the internet offers new distribution networks and new programming approaches to extend the power of individual web sites.

“We are seeing big shifts in the digital content creation market,“ says Kathleen Maher, author of the report. “There have been game-changing moves by Adobe with the acquisition of Macromedia and Serious Magic, Autodesk‘s acquisition of Alias and Colorfront and Google‘s acquisition of Sketchup and YouTube. The landscape is changing right in front of us all.”

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Last call for beta test on … I,ve Been keeping it quiet !!!

Joost is reaching another big milestone this week.

After months of testing with many thousands of users, they are ready to move Joost on to the next stage of its development.

In preparation for this Joost are closing down applications for the beta testing program on the website at the end of Thursday (GMT).

Between this time and the public availability of Joost, access will be by invitation from beta testers only.

So this is their last call to apply via website!

The good news is, that everyone who applies before they close will get access to try out Joost within the next couple of weeks….

Apply today, now… else who knows how long before it gets to the rest of those that don’t know yet.


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Who is behind THERE.COM & MTV’s Virtual LUGUNA Beach – itSreal

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Michael K. Wilson Video

Michael K Wilson

He left retirement and created a virtual Laguna Beach

When MTV and its popular reality show came calling, Michael Wilson’s Makena Technologies had the answer.

The Orange County Register

The first time Michael K. Wilson came out of retirement, it was to help his old friend Pierre Omidyar on a little startup called eBay. Wilson was its fourth employee. He retired again in 2001.

The second time Wilson left retirement, he bought the rights to, a virtual world where people become cartoon avatars and socialize online. As a founding investor, he believed in the social-networking aspect and took over as the company changed focus to government applications.

The Laguna Beach resident, who turns 50 this year, has no plans to retire again soon. His company, Makena Technologies, operates and produced a virtual Laguna Beach for the MTV Networks series “Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County,” where the typical resident is young and female. The job keeps him young and he spends hours a day inside the worlds.

“Everybody in there looks better than they do in real life,” Wilson said.

Virtual worlds have existed for decades in science-fiction novels, such as 1982’s “Snow Crash” by Neal Stephenson, a book that inspired Wilson. These online communities were relegated to sci-fi lovers but paved the way for the popular online game World of Warcraft, population 8 million, and social networking sites like Second Life, which has 3.7 million residents. now has about 750,000 members. Virtual Laguna Beach has around 360,000 registered users.

But it has only been the past year that virtual worlds have attracted a wider audience. New York Law School holds classes inside The Sundance Film Festival held its first virtual screening inside Second Life in January. Episodes of MTV’s “The Hills” and “The Real Orange County” are screened inside the virtual Laguna Beach a day before airing on TV.

“I credit the guys at MTV for this. Before we did Laguna Beach, if I went to any member in There and asked what kind of computer they had, they’d tell me about the BIOS. But in Laguna Beach, we’ve turned this from a techie site to something all people use,” Wilson said.

How the dream began

The Norfolk, Va., native was a smart kid. He took college classes in high school, got good grades. But maybe he was too smart for school. He got a job in Macy’s technical department instead of going to college. And because he knew more about technology than others, he moved far and fast through the tech world, working at Chevron, Oracle and The Well. In the mid-1990s, he was hired as an engineer at eShop, a software company.

That’s where Wilson met Omidyar, who would later ask twice to join him at eBay. Wilson relented in January 1997 and helped build the company’s technology. He retired four years later as eBay’s senior vice president of product development and site operations and moved to Laguna Beach.

In 2005,’s board began talking about shutting down the unprofitable consumer portion to focus on military use. Wilson, an investor since the beginning, wanted to make sure the consumer world lived on. He started Makena, named after a beach in Hawaii, and bought the exclusive license to

Then, last February, MTV Networks came knocking. They were interested in creating a virtual world of their own. In April, MTV placed its order.

“MTV said we want to build an entire world, and we want to build it by August,” Wilson said.

Wilson’s team of developers, artists and designers worked overtime to get the world running by opening week. They designed clothing and characters to look more “California” than’s world. They added details, like the movie theater on the main drag and the lighthouse on the beach. They added video inside the virtual world to screen episodes a day before the TV broadcast. It was a lot of work, but employees didn’t mind too much, said Stefan Dorsett, a software engineer.

Wilson handed out weekly bonuses and hired a masseuse to help the staff relax. But, mostly, Wilson made it exciting to work there.

“He’s like a mentor. We learn so much through him,” said Dorsett, 25. “He’s interested in the same stuff we are.”

Makena delivered the Virtual Laguna Beach in four months, just in time for the new season.

“We think Mike is a visionary, no question about it.” said Jeff Yapp, executive vice president of program development for MTV Networks.

Yapp said MTV Networks is pleased with the results and hopes to continue adding more virtual neighborhoods. Makena supplies the technical and social support by hiring people to organize events in the virtual worlds.

“The target audience we’re going after are viewers of the show. They don’t spend a lot of time in virtual games or Second Life. Now the goal is to get them to want to stay. That’s where Mike’s team does such a great job,” Yapp said. “Once it becomes a community, it begins to develop on its own. There are 1,200 social clubs in Laguna Beach.”

Wilson spends hours each day in the virtual worlds, and if you want an update, he’s easy to reach. Just ask his avatar, listed as “Michael” or “Michael Wilson.”

“Yes, sure, if they run into me in the world, I am happy to talk to them,” he said.

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Forecasts for Video Downloads…whose in the MONEY apple ? – itSreal

Annual consumer spending on Internet downloads of movies and TV shows will top $4 billion in 2011, up from just $111 million last year, according to a study released Wednesday by Adams Media Research.

“The Internet is going to revolutionize the distribution of video,” says Adams Media Research President Tom Adams.

The growth will be fueled by the introduction of hardware devices such as Apple TV, a $299 box that converts videos downloaded from the Internet into signals that can be played on high-definition television sets.

Apple Inc. is selling those boxes on its Web site and says they will be shipped later this month.

Adams Media Research is betting that video downloads will ramp up gradually as Apple TV and similar devices win acceptance among consumers.

The market researcher forecasts that sales of video downloads will total $472 million in 2007, $1.2 billion in 2008, $2 billion in 2009, $3.1 billion in 2010, then hit $4.1 billion in 2011.

It also predicts that advertiser spending on Internet video streams to PCs and TVs will approach $1.7 billion by 2011.

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