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The R3 Experience Rolls Forward with the Revision3 Google Chrome App

January 20th, 2011 at 12:39 by Michele Husak in Uncategorized

Just as we’ve allowed you to watch great content sitting on your own couch with the Revision3 leanback applications for GoogleTV, Windows Media Center, Yahoo! Connected TV, Roku and Boxee, as well as in Planes, Trains and Automobiles (well, maybe not automobiles please) with our iPhone and Android apps, Revision3 is way-thrilled to announce our participation with the Google Chrome app store.

We have developed a new experience for enabling viewing through the Revision3 Chrome Application, through which you can now enjoy Revision3 programming on devices certified for Google’s Chrome browser and OS. The Revision3 Chrome interface makes finding content simple as it sorts shows by name, category, featured content and most recent episodes. Viewers are also able to manually search for their favorite episodes and view new content.

Want to try the sucker out? Search for Revision3 in the Google Chrome app store from within the chrome browser, or just point your chrome browser right here.

Share and enjoy!


Change to Revision3 Show Formats – ATTENTION XVid, WMV and AppleTV users

January 19th, 2011 at 08:55 by Jim Louderback in Announcements

Here at Revision3, we’ve always wanted to embrace the widest possible viewership of our great programming. To that end, we’ve encoded in some pretty obscure formats over our five years of existence. But as our shows have grown – and as some formats have waned in popularity – we’ve regularly trimmed those formats back.

Well, as of the 24th of January, we’re going to be doing it again. As of that date, we will no longer deliver our shows in XVID or the phone-sized WMV format. And we’re also going to stop producing a 24 frames per second HD-class H.264 (aka MP4) format, although we’ll continue to deliver a great looking 720p format at 30 frames per second.

This will only impact a relative few of you, and in every case there are entirely acceptable alternatives to the formats we’re cutting. If you’re currently watching on XVID, for example, we’ll be replacing those XVID formats with equivalent MP4 formats in the exact same feeds, so as long as your player supports MP4, you shouldn’t notice anything. If your player of choice can’t read those feeds, never fear! There are at least two great programs that fully support MP4, and work across a wide variety of operating systems, including multiple flavors of UNIX, Linux, MacOS and Windows:

Miro: Miro offers a great environment to both subscribe to our shows via our feeds, as well as watch our great content. On their Miro Download All page, they currently support 9 or so different Linux/Unix variants and more.

VLC from VideoLan: The swiss army knife of video players, it plays everything! There are 9 versions of Linux supported – and they even support IBM’s OS/2!

If you currently use Windows Media, we’re not dropping our support for the format entirely. We are, though, only going to encode one WMV format going forward, a 640 pixel wide version that should work for everyone. Again, your feeds will not need to be replaced, as we’ll simply be putting that encoded version into our two existing WMV RSS/XML feeds.

The biggest changes will come to legacy AppleTV users. If you purchased one of the original AppleTVs (I know, I did), we will no longer be doing a 720p encode specifically for that unit. Because Apple included some pretty anemic video hardware into the original AppleTV, it supports HD feeds encoded only at 24 frames per second, not the more common 30 frames per second of traditional TV.

The new AppleTV, along with Apple’s iPad, will continue to support and use our regular 30fps 720p feed. But older AppleTV customers will either need to move to our lower-resolution MP4 format (designated as our “Tablet” feed), or upgrade to a more modern video settop box.

We feel your pain – no one likes to think that their hardware is becoming obsolete. But we’ve got good news for you Apple TV users. We’re giving away 5 brand new ROKU XDS set-top boxes, and offering everyone else a 10% discount – which brings the cost down to just 90 bucks. We think the Roku offers a great way to watch Revision3 content – and you can even buy a more basic Roku that supports our HD feeds for as little as $60.

To get the discount, and to be eligible for the giveaway, head over to the contest forum thread and post a picture of your old AppleTV, hooked up to your TV with a Revision3 show playing on the screen! Read the official contest rules here.

And thanks again to everyone who has supported us for so long. We don’t make these changes on a whim – but it costs time and money to do all these different encodes, and they keep us from delivering shows on time – and adding new shows too.

Plus, there are always more formats to add. We’re going to start encoding a very low bitrate version for Apple’s iPhone, and who knows what Google will force us to do – as it pushes WebM on the world!


Diggnation Live Streaming Q&A Chat!

January 18th, 2011 at 12:47 by Jackie Talbott in Live Events, Shows

This week is your chance to participate in the epic discussion that is Diggnation! Join us LIVE tonight at 9PM EST / 6PM PST for the first Diggnation Live Streaming Q&A Chat TONIGHT! Prepare your questions and get your mind grapes ready for Kevin and Alex: EXPOSED.

Head to Revision3.com/WATCH for all the details on how to participate – see you there and don’t forget the beer!

And follow Revision3 on Twitter to stay up to date with all the latest Revision3 happenings!


Party with Brian Brushwood & Land Yourself in an Episode of Scam School!

January 12th, 2011 at 03:57 by Jackie Talbott in Live Events

Scam School is returning once again to San Francisco for another round of shoots! Join us for tricks, magic, drinks, and good times. Here are the deets:

Thursday, January 13th at the Abbey Tavern (21+)
4100 Geary Blvd. San Francisco, Ca 94118
View map/directions
415.221.7767

Friday, January 14th at Ireland’s 32 (21+)
3920 Geary Blvd. San Francisco, Ca 94105
View map/directions
415.386.6173

Saturday, January 15th at City Tavern (21+)
3200 Fillmore St. San Francisco, Ca 94123
View map/directions
415.567.0918

You may find yourself winning a free beer or two and end up in an episode of Scam School! So save the dates and tell all your friends. Shooting starts around 5:30PM each night – hope to see you there!

Be sure to subscribe to Scam School via Revision3.com or on YouTube. Follow the show @ScamSchool and the master magician @shwood on Twitter to stay up to date with all the latest tricks and shoots!


Meet-Up in Las Vegas Tonight from 9pm to Midnight!

January 6th, 2011 at 12:57 by Jim Louderback in Announcements, Live Events

Hey Revision3 fans,

If you happen to be at CES (revision3.com/CES2011) this week or you’re in Vegas for some other reason (AVN Expo? don’t worry, your secret’s safe with us), or you live in Vegas (really?), then come on out tonight and say hello to the Revision3 crew and show hosts from Tekzilla, GeekBeat.TV and Hak5!

We’ll be hanging out for a bit and would love to meet you. We’ll even have some Revision3 hats and stickers to give out.

Where:

Encore Hotel – http://www.encorelasvegas.com/

Eastside Lounge
3121 South Las Vegas Boulevard

When:

Tonight, Thursday, January 6th from 9pm to Midnight

Hope to see you there!