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Revision3 Turns 5 Years Old

May 25th, 2010 at 04:17 by Jim Louderback in Announcements, Live Events, Shows, Website

Five years is a long time to do anything. It’s a long time to drink the same beer, it’s a long time to attend the same school, and in Internet years (like dog years), it would put you squarely in that awkward period between still thinking you’re cool, and senile dotage. Sort of like Brett Favre.

But I’m proud to announce that as of May 23rd, 2010, Revision3 is officially five years old. Now the official “present” for a 5 year anniversary is wood. But, er, I guess we’ll just forgo the puerile jokes and get right to it.

Five years ago, a handful of frustrated technology and video professionals surveyed the TV landscape, and were not happy with what they saw. A promising and much-loved network, TechTV, had just been emasculated by the cable equivalent of Dunder-Mifflin. Hope, however, was on the horizon, as Apple had just announced a photo-iPod, and video was on the way. New encoding techniques, coupled with broadband advances finally made it possible to actually deliver compelling video through the World Wide Web. And so these intrepid pioneers decided to start making shows the way they wanted, covering the stuff they wanted to cover. And five years ago, the first episode of SYSTM was released to the world.

From iTunes to Youtube to full-on HDTV, we’ve come a long way since then. Our roster of 20+ shows have been enjoyed by hundreds of millions of viewers, we’ve given birth to an entire industry of content that lives apart from – and is now rivaling – the same lowest-common-denomiator pablum served up by almost all traditional TV.

Even more impressive, we’ve actually changed traditional TV – and the Internet – along the way. More than one traditional show now incorporates our signature host-sponsorships, we’ve spotted shows that incorporate drinking in their narrative, and our hosts have become frequent guests on traditional TV.

Back in 2005, the idea that anyone would watch a half hour show via the Internet was ridiculed and dismissed. Snackisodes were the future, claimed the pundits, and we were simply wrong-headed and ill informed. Our audience knew better, and now everyone else does too. Hulu certainly brought legitimacy to the model, but we’ve known all along that it’s not about short form online and long form on TV, but a “best screen available” model. When the urge strikes viewers want to watch what they want, where then want, when they want, on the best screen at hand.

Oh, and don’t forget our innovative ways to make real money on web video. Our sponsorship model has proven to be, hands down, the best performing, most useful, and most acceptable format for video advertising ever. Survey after survey continue to show that if you want to reach an Internet-savvy audience in a meaningful way, nothing is better than an authentic message delivered in context by a loved and trusted host. And that’s all we do.

It’s been a great five years. But we’re not resting on our tremendous success. We continue to innovate, continue to break new ground, and continue to bring you great new hosts, shows and web experiences. Our recent launch of Food Mob shows that cooking shows don’t have to be just Food Porn and vapid chatter – there’s a place for a fun show that helps the rest of us learn how to make our favorite foods.

And speaking of porn, we’ve re-invented that as well, by bringing the stylistic conventions of “Boogie Nights” to the drab and boring world of unboxing videos. The iPad never looked so sexy, and chances are you’ll see more of this show as the months unfold.

One guy you’re already seeing a lot of is Penn Jillette, our newest star and host of Penn Point. It’s a perfect mix of the authentic host, engaged audience and controversial content. Fun, entertaining and revealing, it’s what reality TV really should be!

On the web, we’ve got great things planned as well. Later this week we have the biggest update to our site since, well, the site launched, with tons of new features to help you engage not only with our shows and hosts, but with each other too!

We’ve got a lot more coming up too! But I’ve got one more thing to announce – it’s our gala 5th anniversary party, and you’re all invited! That’s right, we’re going to celebrate our amazing progress, five years of awesome content, and our tremendous lineup of new shows with a bash you will not want to miss. It’s right here in San Francisco, on June 25th, and I hope you can join our founders – Kevin Rose, Jay Adelson, David Prager and the crew for a live Diggnation, Scam School, and tons of special guests – and a few surprises along the way. (Feel free to RSVP over on Facebook)

So thanks to everyone who made Revision3 such a raging success over the past five years, and for all of our great viewers who have been such great supporters over the years. Oh, and one last thing. You ain’t seen nuthin yet. The next five years are going to rock your world, so stay tuned!


REVISION3 SIGNS OFF WITH PENN JILLETTE FOR THE HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED PENN POINT

May 19th, 2010 at 07:55 by Michele Husak in Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Legendary Entertainer Brings His Act and Opinions to Revision3 Studios

SAN FRANCISCO – May 19, 2010 – Revision3 (www.revision3.com), the leading Internet Television network, today announced the launch of Penn Point (www.revision3.com/pennpoint), featuring the always no-holds-barred opinions and thoughts of performer, writer, actor, inventor, magician, illusionist and libertarian Penn Jillette,

Penn Point will cover a spectrum of topics from politics, celebrities, popular culture and technology that is sweeping the nation… anything top of mind for Penn as well as the general public. For its first week, Penn will focus on topics including Seth MacFarlane and the Tea Party, a brand new Penn and Teller trick and his thoughts on the iPad. Each program will run three to seven minutes in a continuous rant-like format that has Penn ruminating and analyzing any particular topic. The show will premiere Monday, May 24, 2010 at 9 AM ET and new episodes will be released Monday through Thursday weekly.

“I’m really jacked up about working with Revision3 on my new online show Penn Point,” said Penn Jillette. “I’m saying and shooting whatever I want, wherever I want and the team at Revision3 is just going to make it better in edit. We’ve been working on the first few episodes and they’re really kick-ass and I can’t wait to do more.”

“Penn Point is an unfiltered look at the world through the eyes of Penn Jillette,” said Ryan Vance, Vice President of Programming & Production, Revision3. “We are excited to bring his huge following of fans a regular dose of all things Penn with Penn Point. Penn is one of the most intelligent guys I’ve ever met and his insightful and often controversial opinions will be a great fit for our audience.”

You can view episodes at revision3.com/pennpoint in addition to youtube.com/pennpoint and follow the show at twitter.com/pennpoint.

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, video games, entertainment, music and comedy 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. Revision3’s programs can be found everywhere from Revision3.com to a wide range of platforms, including iTunes, YouTube, Dailymotion, Metacafe, TIVO, Roku, Blip.TV and many others. Shows can be watched on any device, from a cell phone to an Apple iPod to a computer or a TV.

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CONTACT:
Debby Chen / Madhuri Shekar – Rogers & Cowan
310.854.8168 / 310.854.8145
dchen@rogersandcowan.com / mshekar@rogersandcowan.com


Revision3 Embraces HTML5 & the iPad

May 14th, 2010 at 08:06 by Michele Husak in Announcements, Website

Every now and then we’re lucky enough to have two paths cross with excellent results. Today, we’re excited to announce that Revision3.com now supports video playback on the Apple iPad, thanks to our first foray into HTML5.

As many of you may be aware, the emergence of the new HTML5 spec allows for much richer video support natively within HTML. For the past few weeks we have been investigating and beginning our research and development into how we could utilize HTML5 for use on Revision3.

At the same time, this little device that seems to be growing in popularity, the Apple iPad was released. You may also have heard that the folks at Apple aren’t big fans of Flash, and the iPad does not support Flash at all. Which means that our video player, which is developed in Flash would not work on the iPad – a fact that many of you iPad owners have noticed and e-mailed into to us about.

This leads to our cross-roads. While the iPad doesn’t support Flash, it DOES support HTML5 within the Safari web browser on the device. And so we quickly redirected some of our HTML5 efforts towards deploying our experimental code to work on the iPad. So now, if you’re browsing Revision3.com on your iPad, you’ll be able to watch video straight from the website! You can even tap to make the video go full screen!

Now if watching video from the web isn’t your thing, you can still subscribe to our shows in iTunes and sync them to your iPad (Which helps for offline viewing). We’re currently working on an issue surrounding our HD versiProxy-Connection: keep-alive
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is is just the first of several announcements coming in the upcoming weeks about how Revision3 is embracing HTML5, so keep your eye on Revision3.com for more great announcements!

Thanks.


Check in with Revision3 & Miso

May 11th, 2010 at 12:59 by Michele Husak in Announcements, Shows

Everyone at Revision3 has been a big fan of location based services that let you check into where you’re going. It’s been a great way to communicate with our friends as well as share what restaurants, bars and other businesses we enjoy. So when a new iPhone app called Miso crossed our desk while filming AppJudgment, we took a closer look.

Miso takes that same “check in” concept and applies it to media. So if you’re watching a TV show or movie, you just fire up Miso and check in and let your friends know what you’re watching. Super cool! Well given that we make some of the best Internet TV shows around (or so we think…) we wanted to make sure that you could use Miso to check in when watching Revision3 shows. So we met up with the Miso crew here in San Francisco and then the sparks started to fly.

We’re excited to announce this week along with the fine team at Miso that not only can you check in when you watch Revision3 shows, but we’ve also added badges that you can earn by watching your favorite Revision3 shows! And it gets even better. Miso and Revision3 have teamed up to do a giveaway for the next 10 weeks, where one lucky viewer who checks in that they watched a Revision3 show will win a prize!

So what are you waiting for? Go get Miso and start checking in! Miso is available on the iPhone now, but they tell us that an Android app and web site is on it’s way.


Leading Internet Television Network Revision3 Adds Some Miso to Rally Community Around Shows

May 10th, 2010 at 08:00 by Michele Husak in Press Releases, Website

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Leading Internet Television Network Revision3 Adds Some Miso to Rally Community Around Shows

San Francisco, May 10, 2010Revision3, a leading television network for the internet, announced a partnership with newly created iPhone and iTouch app, Miso to help drive awareness, tune-in and cement a stronger community to its popular online shows including Diggnation, Tekzilla, and 20 others.

Revision3’s strong audience base will use Miso’s brand new platform to “check in” and share their entertainment experience with friends while creating a stronger connection with the brand and its fans.

Making this connection will encourage new potential viewers to tune-in to Revision3’s variety of shows that appeal to everyone from foodies, gamers, film enthusiasts, practical jokers and tech geeks to pop culture trendsetters and comedians.

Miso makes it easy and fun to share what you watch with your friends. People “check-in”, share what they are watching with their friends, gain points and badges and can optionally post to their social networks including Facebook and Twitter. To make it fun, Miso makes watching content more like a game. The more people check-in, the more points can be earned, and exclusive badges can be unlocked.

“Revision3 has a passionate set of viewers and we’re excited to have Revision3 leverage our platform to create a stronger connection to their audience,” said Somrat Niyogi, CEO of Miso. “In addition to the features available today, the partnership will give Revision3 access to new, innovative features that Miso will be releasing this year.”

“All the world’s a game”, said Jim Louderback, CEO of Revision3. “With such great services taking the game to locations, Miso’s doing an awesome job of bringing it to your favorite TV shows. We’re excited to be working with such an innovative, and fun group!”

People who tune-in to Revision3 shows can start earning extra points and unlocking exclusive badges today. Revision3 will also be giving away a prize every week for the next 10-weeks to a Miso fan who has earned one of the badges.

Miso is available in the App Store.

About Miso

Miso, developed by Bazaar Labs, is the first 2nd screen experience for consumers that make watching any piece of content more social and more fun. Bazaar Labs builds social mobile apps centered around people’s entertainment experiences. Visit GoMiso.com for more information or follow @gomiso on Twitter for updates.

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, video games, entertainment, music and comedy 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. Revision3’s programs can be found everywhere from Revision3.com to a wide range of platforms, including iTunes, YouTube, Dailymotion, Metacafe, TIVO, Roku, Blip.TV and many others. Shows can be watched on any device, from a cell phone to an Apple iPod to a computer or a TV.

Contact:
Susan Yin / Debby Chen
Rogers & Cowan
(310) 854-8122 / (310) 854-8168


Revision3 Selects GameStreamer to Power Digital Delivery PC Video Games Channel

May 4th, 2010 at 08:00 by Michele Husak in Press Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A Revision3 Branded Game Store to Compliment Existing Properties and Bring a New Monetization Channel to the Company

Sarasota, Florida – May 4, 2010GameStreamer, Inc., a digital distribution platform, and Revision3 announced today that Revision3 will integrate into their brands a GameStreamer powered white label digital distribution PC game store. The popular Internet Television leader will also be able to leverage their game store content and offer unique deals to their audience such as those of Bytejacker, its entertaining video game reviews channel.

“We chose GameStreamer because we believe they are driving the next wave of innovation for the digital distribution of games,” said Brad Murphy, chief revenue officer, Revision3. “The majority of our audience are gamers and the ability for us to bring them special deals and also earn a share of the revenue our audience generates was a very attractive win-win for us.”

“The audience that watches shows like Bytejacker, Diggnation, Tekzilla and others are also the tech savvy influencers that play PC video games and also appreciate technical innovation,” said Steig Westerberg, chief operating officer, GameStreamer. “As we continue to expand our streaming technology beta across more games we think this audience is a natural fit to appreciate the technical aspects of what we are doing.”

The Revision3 store is now live and accessible on the Revision3 site at Gamestore.Revision3.com. Currently in beta, the PC game store will also include select games enabled with the GameStreamer exclusive Primed GameTM technology, a ready-to-play stream that negates the need for consumers to install games and mitigates incompatible DLL issues and system registry corruption. It’s a console like experience for PC games. Primed Game technology is being added to more games over the next couple of months and once beta is complete will be applied to the full GameStreamer catalog.

About GameStreamer

GameStreamer is a next generation digital distribution network that develops innovative technology for the digital distribution, commerce and social engagement of video games. We have built the first truly enterprise-class digital distribution platform for digital media and applications, and sell our products as white label, software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions and an SDK for in-game feature integration.

GameStreamer white label store solutions range from large, multiple genre mass market game stores or small, single genre boutique game stores whose style and content can be aligned to their particular vertical website audiences. We work with a wide variety of websites large and small helping them improve audience stickiness and convert their traffic into revenue. GameStreamer is headquartered in Tampa Florida with presence in major cities including San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris and Moscow.

GameStreamer Corporate Site
Show Case Game Store
Follow @GameStreamer on Twitter

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, video games, entertainment, music and comedy 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. Revision3’s programs can be found everywhere from Revision3.com to a wide range of platforms, including iTunes, YouTube, Dailymotion, Metacafe, TIVO, Roku, Blip.TV and many others. Shows can be watched on any device, from a cell phone to an Apple iPod to a computer or a TV.

Contact:
Robb Lewis
EVP of Marketing
1 (877) 865-2011 x820

Susan Yin/ Debby Chen
Rogers & Cowan
(310) 854-8100