Archive | July, 2006

Same News, New Channels — A Different Sort of NewsCentral

Those Google News alerts are occasionally worth something…. Today my alert set for “Sinclair Broadcast Group” brought me this little gem from the PR Newswire, announcing that my local Central Illinois Sinclair-owned stations will now be producing the 9:00 PM nightly news broadcast for the local FOX affiliates, too, which are not owned by Sinclair. […]

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Making Sense of the New Hi-Def Camcorder Format

The new PC World column from Richard Baguley, also my guest on today’s radioshow, is about the new AVCHD format for recording HD video to DVD-R and hard drives. I mentioned the new format as part of Sony’s announcement of two new HD camcorders last week. The main point of functionality I wonder about is […]

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Mediageek Joins the 21st Century Phone Era

I just finished an interview with video and camcorder writer Richard Baguley and for the first time I conducted the interview using the free Skype voice over IP (VOIP) service. And I must say that I am very impressed with the quality and ease of doing it this way. Mostly, I am blown away by […]

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FCC Opens The Ownership Floodgates — We’ve Got 120 Days To Learn to Swim

On Tuesday the FCC finally released the official Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for its Media Ownership Proceeding [PDF], more than a month after first announcing that it would happen. This proceeding marks the Commission’s attempt to deal with the 2004 appeals court ruling against the 2003 media ownership rules rewrite which attempted to greatly loosen […]

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Indie Beer Garden Movies

For my Champaign-Urbana readers: Micro-Film’s Jason Pankoke is presenting independent movies in the beer garden at Mike N Molly’s (105 N. Market St, right down the block from WEFT). The next showing is tonight at 9:30 PM when you can see the low-budget horror flicks UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS VS. A MUMMY and THE MONSTER OF […]

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