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CO-OP & The Totally Rad Show Do PAX!

August 31st, 2009 at 09:07 by Michele Husak in Live Events

If you’re into video games, then there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll be attending the Penny Arcade Expo (also known as PAX) in Seattle, Washington this coming weekend. PAX has only been around for a few years, but has quickly grown to be one of the premiere video game events, a must attend for gamers, developers and fans alike.

Of course it wouldn’t really be a complete event without some representation from Revision3′s awesome shows that cover video games, right? We’re pleased to announce that if you’re going to PAX, you will have THREE chances to see the guys from CO-OP and The Totally Rad Show! Here’s the breakdown of Revision3 events at PAX.

CO-OP & Totally Rad Show Meetup
When: Friday, September 4 – 7:00 PM
Where: The Blarney Stone – 1909 3rd Ave – Seattle Washington
PAX is the premiere video game convention and Revision3′s video game shows CO-OP and The Totally Rad Show will be in attendance and want to meet you! All fans of both shows are invited for a night of drinks and hanging out and talking video games!

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Panels at PAX

Live Taping of CO-OP at PAX
When: Friday, September 4 – 5:30 PM
Where: Raven Theatre
Learn how to make your own video podcast! Area 5 Media, formed after the breakup of 1UP’s video department, has a new, online show in the vein of The 1UP Show. CO-OP, currently available on iTunes and on the Revision3 website is the spiritual successor to The 1UP Show and features many of the same cast of characters. This panel will be a “live recording” of a special, PAX episode of CO-OP featuring YOU! Area 5 believes that every gamer has a brain and that the domain of game criticism shouldn’t be restricted just to those lucky enough to have it as their job. Two game chats will be shot in the same style as they are featured on CO-OP and will consist of two members of the Area 5 team (or guests) and at least one member from the CO-OP community. There will then be a demonstration of video-capture and editing processes followed by a Q&A session where anyone can ask questions either about the technicalities of creating a video podcast or about Area 5 and CO-OP.

Totally Rad Show Podcast and Q&A
When: Saturday, September 5th – Noon
Where: Wolfman Theatre

The Totally Rad Show: Live – Hosts Alex Albrecht (Diggnation), Dan Trachtenberg, and Jeff Cannata bring their Webby and Podcast Award winning geek culture show back to PAX, this time for a live performance. Join the guys for an explosion of movie, video game, TV, and comic book news and reviews, and see what makes this Revision3 show such an Internet phenomenon.

For more information on the PAX Panels and Programming, head over to the PAX Site

If you’re going to PAX, we hope you can make it out to see CO-OP and the Totally Rad Show live as well as the meetup!

Have fun and game on!


Guess Who's got an App on Boxee? Revision3!

August 26th, 2009 at 11:14 by Michele Husak in Announcements

As you know, one of our mottos here at Revision3 is “Anywhere, Anytime, Any Device, Any Application” and that’s evidenced by how we bend over backwards to make our content available on whatever platform you want to watch it on, be it iTunes, YouTube or TIVO. One of those platforms that were huge fans of is Boxee. If you haven’t heard about Boxee yet, you definitely should as it’s quickly becoming one of the coolest pieces of software for watching video around.

Basically, it’s a way to enjoy the best of Internet Television on your computer or television. Boxee is the first “social” media center, whose free, downloadable software is changing the way we experience home entertainment. On a computer or connected to an HDTV, boxee allows you a simple way to bring all their entertainment into one place including personal movies, TV shows, music and photos, as well as streaming content from websites like Netflix, MLB.TV, Comedy Central, Pandora, Last.fm, and flickr. You can also share information about what you’re watching so friends can enjoy it too through legal sources online. It’s pretty darn cool and I’ve been using it for the majority of my Internet TV watching.

So, when the gang over at Boxee called us up and offered to create a Revision3 app for Boxee, we jumped at the opportunity! Any chance to make it easy for you, our audience, to watch Revision3 on your big screen TV (or any size, really) is definitely something we want to provide. Avner Ronan, Boxee’s CEO said, “”From Tekzilla to the Digg Reel to Co-Op, HD Nation, and Hak5 – Rev3 makes great shows that are available around the globe, on demand. They’re a great fit for Boxee, and we’re excited about the new interface we’ve created with them to encourage more people to watch Rev3 on their big screen.” Avner’s a great guy and so nice of him to say such kind words about Revision3!

If you’re looking for a new and cool way to watch Revision3, we strongly suggest you check out Boxee and install the Revision3 app. I can’t stop playing with it, it’s so cool. Just hook up your media center PC or your laptop to your TV, load up Revision3 on Boxee and then you’re on your way to hours of Revision3 fueled entertainment!

So head over to Boxee’s website, download the client and check it out for yourself.

Here’s what the Revision3 App on Boxee looks like:

Imagine browsing Revision3 with your remote control on your couch! Not bad, eh?

Huge thanks to our friends over at Boxee for putting the app together and helping us make it easier and better for you to watch Revision3 on Boxee!

Let us know what you think of the Revision3 app on Boxee!


Great New Show, Cool New Web Feature!

August 10th, 2009 at 04:19 by Jim Louderback in Announcements, Shows, Website

Dog days of summer? What dog days of summer?

Here at Revision3, we’re cranking it up like it was October, not August. We’ve got two huge announcements today, one that brings you great new functionality to our website, and another that brings you a wonderful new show to watch.

<img src="http://bitcast-a.bitgravity.com/revision3/images/shows/appjudgment/appjudgment.jpg" width="150" height="150" style="padding-left:10px; padding-bottom:10px;" align="right"BRAND NEW SHOW: Let’s start with the new show! I’m proud to announce that today we’re launching AppJudgment, which will bring you reviews of mobile phone applications, including those for the iPhone, Android phones, Blackberry, Pre and even Windows Mobile.

This show is a little different for Revision3, as it sits somewhere in between our longer form shows like HD Nation and Tekzilla, and our shorter, daily Tekzilla Tip of the Day. We’ll be releasing new episodes of AppJudgment three times a week, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and each will generally run between two and four minutes. Each episode will focus on either a single application, or 2-4 apps in the same category. It’s a little like what you might see as a segment on Tekzilla, but in this case we’re releasing it as its own show.

Why not just do one a week with three segments? In part, because we think the shorter form segments more closely match how many people view videos online. Video viewing habits are changing – while many people like full shows, other simply like watching a few minutes, focused on a single topic, and then prefer to surf elsewhere – in effect rolling their own programs.

But whichever way you like, we’ve got the solution for you. If you like shorter, specific segments, watch AppJudgment every day. And if you’d rather watch longer shows, simply subscribe via iTunes, Miro, TiVo or many other services, and watch once a week. The effect, as it were, will be almost the same.

Oh, and we’ve also developed separate feeds for each platform – so if you’d rather just get the iPhone app reviews, you can select just that feed. Beware though – you won’t be able to see what you’re missing. Rumor has it that a future episode will focus on Google Voice – so controversial, it was banned from the iPhone!

Oh, and another thing makes AppJudgment a little different for us. Instead of having a single host – or two hosts – AppJudgment is delivered via an ensemble cast of Revision3 employees. A wide range of our employees have pitched in to make the show great – you’ll see Patrick Norton and Ron Richards, but you’ll also see reviews from David Prager, Stephanie Chu, Mauricio Balvanera, Annie Gaus and others from the company too. Oh, and the show is produced by Eileen Rivera, who also handles production on Scam School and The Digg Reel! Keep watching, you’ll never know who might show up to talk about their favorite – or most hated – cellphone application!

You can watch AppJudgment here, or on any of our great distribution partners!

COOL NEW WEB FEATURE: And that brings me to our next announcement, a cool new web feature that brings the segment approach you see in AppJudgment to all of our shows at Revision3. This great new web feature now lets us create segments inside of each of our shows – that you can jump to, watch over and over again, and share with your friends.

Here’s how it works – and I’ll use the latest Diggnation as an example, but soon all of our shows will be segmentized going forward. Check out the latest episode of Diggnation viewable below. As you watch it online, you’ll notice that just below the player, in the Show Notes area, are a list of segment names. These “Segments” – or chapters, if you think like a DVD – correspond to each of the stories discussed in this episode of Diggnation, along with any other hilarity that might occur outside of a news story.

Click on the segment name and you’ll jump to a description of the segment. Click on the Play button and you’ll jump to the beginning of that segment, inside of our player, where you can start watching immediately.

But that’s not all. Our video player timeline now includes little dots, which indicate the start of each segment. Hover over the markers and you’ll see a pop-up segment description (thanks to Rob Sandie, and the Viddler team, for pioneering this innovation). Click on the marker, and again you’ll jump just to the start of that segment.

Want to see the segments in the player, while you watch the video? Again, if you hover over the video as it is playing, you’ll see a row of buttons to the right. We’ve added a new one to “Share”, “Embed”, “Discuss” and “More Videos”. It’s (you probably guessed this already) called “Segments”. Click on it and you’ll see a list of all the segments, with your show video to the left.

If you love watching our shows, and don’t want anything to do with this segment stuff, don’t worry! We haven’t changed the basic viewing experience. But if you’d like to just watch that cool Blu-Ray player review, or twitter about Kevin and Alex talking about how humans actually emit light (a real segment this week), we’ve made it drop-dead simple to do so.

Oh, and this is just a start. In a few days it’ll be even easier to share these segments with your friends, and promote them on Digg and other social news services. We’re really excited about the new features, and I encourage you to play around with them, and let us know what you think in the forums.

And a big thanks to our tremendous web team, who delivered this great new functionality in such a cool, elegant and useful way!

– Jim Louderback


REVISION3’S APPJUDGMENT CONQUERS THE CLUTTERED WORLD OF MOBILE APPLICATIONS

August 10th, 2009 at 11:33 by Rob Saurini in Press Releases

—NEW SHOW REVIEWS MOBILE APPLICATIONS FOR THE IPHONE, ANDROID, BLACKBERRY AND PALM PRE —

San Francisco, CA –August 10, 2009—With hundreds of thousands of mobile applications to choose from, how do you know which ones are worth your money and mobile space? Every week, Revision3’s newest show, AppJudgment, will go through the latest applications and highlight those worthy of your download. The show will be hosted by a rotating roster of Revision3 personalities including Patrick Norton, David Prager, Ron Richards and others.  AppJudgment launches August 10 at www.revision3.com/appjudgment, with new episodes hitting Revision3 every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

“Whether you have an iPhone, BlackBerry or Palm Pre, the quick 3-5 minute episodes of AppJudgment will help you find the best apps to get the most out of your mobile device,” said Norton. “Whether you’re looking to unlock the power of Twitter, increase your productivity or play chess against your friends, this will be your go-to podcast.”

The brainchild of Revision3 co-founder David Prager and the Revision3 team, AppJudgment taps the collective genius of Revision3’s star roster.  Gadgets guy Patrick Norton also hosts Revision3’s technology programs Tekzilla (www.revision3.com/tekzilla) and recently launched HDNation (www.revision3.com/HDnation). Ron Richards can also be seen co-hosting Revision3’s comic book review show iFanboy (www.revision3.com/iFanboy). Stephanie Chu, Annie Gaus and Mauricio Balvanera will also share in hosting duties.

“With an audience that is young, tech-savvy and on the cutting-edge, Revision3 has an integral understanding of what’s cool now and what people will crave tomorrow, ” said Ryan Vance, Vice President, Programming and Production, Revision3. ”Given the stellar lineup of Revision3 experts who live and breathe on the cutting edge and high quality production, AppJudgment delivers advice on mobile applications in a way that can’t be duplicated anywhere else on the Web.”

For more information or to watch the debut episode, visit www.revision3.com/appjudgment.

About Revision3

Revision3 is the first media company that gets it. Born from the Internet, Revision3 is the home of Internet Television, creating and producing shows for a new audience: passionate, committed fans who want to watch shows about technology, modern culture and music that entertain, educate and help to expand their life experiences. 

The company was founded in 2005 by technology visionaries Kevin Rose, Jay Adelson and David Prager because they couldn’t find anything they wanted to watch on traditional television. The company is now led by Internet TV pioneer Jim Louderback. With more than 60 million views to date (and six million per month), Revision3’s programs can be found everywhere from Revision3 to a wide range of platforms, including iTunes, YouTube, Joost, Hulu, Viddler, Blip.TV and TIVO. Shows can be watched on any device, from a cell phone to an Apple iPod to a computer or a TV. For more information visit  Revision3.com. Join Revision3 on Facebook. Follow Revision3 on Twitter.

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CONTACT: Rachel Konik, 646-695-7049, RachelK@rosengrouppr.com


DIGGNATION HEATS UP WITH TWO LIVE SHOWS IN THE DESERT!

August 5th, 2009 at 10:49 by Rob Saurini in Press Releases

–REVISION3 HIT PROGRAM FEATURES SPECIAL GUEST ASHTON KUTCHER IN
LAS VEGAS  & TEMPE, ARIZONA FOR THE FIRST TIME—

San Francisco, CA (August 3, 2009)Revision3, the leading Internet TV network, turns up the heat with two LIVE episodes of the popular Web-based show Diggnation. This August, the Diggnation Live Summer Series will visit Las Vegas and Tempe, Ariz., with co-hosts Kevin Rose (founder of Digg.com and co-founder of Revision3) and Alex Albrecht.

Kevin and Alex kick off the Diggnation Live Summer Series with a first-ever live show from Kevin’s home town Las Vegas, with a special appearance by Ashton Kutcher, actor, producer and co-founder of Katalyst Films.  The tech-savvy trio will set up in The Palms Hotel and to raise a frosty pint while talking life, pop culture and the top stories from Digg.com.

Later in August, Diggnation heads to the Southwest for a first time live taping in Arizona.  Fans at the Tempe Center for the Arts Theater in Phoenix-neighbor Tempe will watch Rose and Albrecht run through the latest stories from the Internet that have been creating buzz worldwide.

Both events are free and open to the public. Diggnation LIVE in Las Vegas will tape on August 5 to be released on August 12. Diggnation LIVE in Tempe, Ariz. will tape on August 19 to be released on August 26. For more information visit  www.revision3.com/diggnation

An irreverent news review show hosted by tech geeks/pop culture gurus Alex Albrecht and Kevin Rose, Diggnation was first launched in 2005. Based on the most popular news stories from digg.com, Diggnation garners over 250,000 viewers per episode and consistently ranks among the top programs available from Apple iTunes. Diggnation is a winner of the 2008 Webby People’s Voice Award in the “Technology” category. For episode highlights and more, visit www.revision3.com/diggnation.

About Revision3

Revision3 is the first media company that gets it. Born from the Internet, Revision3 is the home of Internet Television, creating and producing shows for a new audience: passionate, committed fans who want to watch shows about technology, modern culture and music that entertain, educate and help to expand their life experiences. 

The company was founded in 2005 by technology visionaries Kevin Rose, Jay Adelson and David Prager because they couldn’t find anything they wanted to watch on traditional television. The company is now led by Internet TV pioneer Jim Louderback. With more than 60 million views to date (and six million per month), Revision3’s programs can be found everywhere from Revision3 to a wide range of platforms, including iTunes, YouTube, Joost, Hulu, Viddler, Blip.TV and TIVO. Shows can be watched on any device, from a cell phone to an Apple iPod to a computer or a TV. For more information visit Revision3.com. Join Revision3 on Facebook. Follow Revision3 on Twitter.

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For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Rachel Konik, 646.695.7049, rachelk@rosengrouppr.com