Category: Polemics

Save Revision3: Support Net Neutrality Today!

April 9th, 2010 at 07:24 by Jim Louderback in Announcements, Polemics

If you’re familiar with the history of Revision3, you know that the company’s roots go back to the pioneering cable network ZDTV, through its transition to TechTV, and then out of cable network G4, which bought TechTV in early 2004. And G4 itself is owned by Comcast. Revision3 founders Kevin Rose and David Prager both worked at TechTV, I was on the launch team as the top content exec, and almost half of our current employees worked there at one time or another.

And that’s a big part of the reason why I’m so concerned about how the courts have removed the FCCs ability to police net neutrality across broadband ISPs. Left to their own devices, it’s only natural to expect large cable operators, including Comcast, Time Warner, AT&T and Verizon to start favoring their own cable networks and services, and slowing down competing services.

Heck, it happened back in 2007, when Comcast was ratcheting Bit Torrent traffic down , which negatively impacted us – as we used to distribute all our shows via BT.

But now, three years later, we’re an even bigger thorn in the side of traditional TV. Our shows are getting audiences that rival some of the best on cable TV, more and more people are abandoning traditional cable services for web-delivery of Netflix, independent TV, Hulu and other video sources, and new devices from Roku, Boxee, Syabas and others offer even more freedom of choice.

But today that choice is threatened. I just wrote an opinion piece for GigaOm detailing Why We Cannot Let Neutrality Fail. I encourage you to read it. But get involved too. Write your representatives and tell them you don’t trust the big ISPs to protect your interests.

Tell them you watch Web TV… and you Vote!

– Jim Louderback

Totally Rad Show Teams Up to Fight Pediatric Cancer

October 15th, 2009 at 02:59 by Michele Husak in Polemics

As the leading cause of death by disease in kids, every year more than 12,000 infants and children are diagnosed with cancer. To put it into relative terms, that means 1 in every 300 kids will be diagnosed with some sort of pediatric cancer by the age of 20. I know, not the most pleasant topic… but just try to imagine having to live with it every second of you life, let alone think about it. Pediatric cancer can be caused by so many things, and unfortunately there is no effective way to prevent or cure it… yet.

Now, you may already know that medical research is the strongest chance that these kids have to fight, and research funded by you is a large source of research progression. Alex, Dan and Jeff of The Totally Rad Show know how much of an impact that one person can make, so they have decided to team up and raise money with Extra Life by participating in their 2nd Annual 24-hour Game-a-thon. We all play games for 24 hours straight anyway, so why not put those uber-micro skills to good use?

This fun and impactful cause supported by the Texas Children’s Hospital has gotten the attention and sympathy of so many of us, including your very own totally rad friends. Literally every cent you give goes to fighting pediatric cancer. I know times are tough and everyone’s tight with their budget right now, but you know it’s not as tough as being 12 and having to live in a hospital and fight a terminal illness every day. Your support in donating will make you feel so good (even better than beating Halo on Legendary) and quite literally save lives.

So how can you get involved? Show your support for the Totally Rad Show and their 24 hours of video games playing by pledging and donating to this great cause.


David Prager's Late Night Visitor

March 11th, 2009 at 07:16 by Michele Husak in Polemics

As you may have heard about recently, our very own David Prager, one of Revision3′s founders and producer of Diggnation, had an interesting evening last night. In his usual quiet neighborhood of San Francisco, he has an…unexpected visitor and as to what happened…well, best to let Prager explain in this exclusive advance preview of the FULL story coming on next week’s episode of The Digg Reel:

Nominate Revision3 In the Streamy Awards!

January 15th, 2009 at 03:17 by Michele Husak in Polemics

We’re super excited about the Streamy Awards! A group of awards to celebrate and highlight video production developed specifically for online distribution and since that’s exactly what we do, we’re psyched to see the awards up and running. What’s even cooler is that The Streamy Awards are asking you, the audience to nominate the shows you like. So of course we’d be flattered if you’d be kind enough to nominate any of our fantastic shows that are created solely for distribution over the web.

How do you nominate a show? Head over to the Streamy Awards Nomination site and enter your favorite show, be it Diggnation, The Totally Rad Show, The Digg Reel, Tekzilla, Scam School or any of our other fine shows. You might want to nominate us in the following categories:

  • Best Hosted Series
  • Best Reality Web Series
  • Best Web Series Host
  • Best Editing
  • Best Visual Effects
  • Best Ad Integration in a Web Series

Any and all shows of ours you could nominate would be appreciated! Nominations close on January 23, 2009, so get in there and do some nominating!

Get Out the Vote with The Digg Reel’s Andrew Bancroft

October 30th, 2008 at 04:02 by Jim Louderback in Polemics

Yes, Tuesday is (finally), voting day. This long, long election is finally coming to an end. And whoever you plan on voting for, the most important thing you can do is to actually get out there and VOTE. I’ll be on a plane most of Tuesday, but my absentee ballot is already in the mail.

I’m not the only one urging you to get out and vote. Andrew Bancroft, host of The Digg Reel, got a couple of friends together and created a video that does a far better job of encouraging you to hit the polls than I ever will. Check it out, and then get out there and be part of the process!

Obsessed With The Upcoming Election?

October 7th, 2008 at 01:54 by Rob Saurini in Announcements, Polemics

So are we! In an effort to help everyone be as informed as possible, we’ve teamed up with the Commission for Political Debates and Starting RIGHT NOW, you can go to Revision3 Election 2008 page to learn about the biggest issues affecting this election and where each candidate stands.

Additionally, you will enjoy a live stream of the remaining presidential debates and clips from previous debates. Plenty of other materials are available, including voter registration info and a breakdown of how your opinions compare to others across your state and the nation.

Everyone at Revision3 is super energized by these elections and we want to make sure you, your family and friends are up to pace, too. Check out all the Election 2008 material right here on Revision3 and make sure to vote on November 4th!



Revision3 Represents in Silicon Alley

September 18th, 2008 at 10:04 by Rob Saurini in Polemics

The tech scene in New York has a long history of success centered in and around “Silicon Alley.” Silicon Alley Insider has put together a list of the top influencer’s in the scene in New York and Revision3 is proud to have several of our friends and associates in the list of some of New York’s big movers and shakers.

We here are Revision3 are all self confessed fans of Gary Vaynerchuk “Vayniacs” as his fans are affectionately known. Host of Wine Library TV and Wine Library Reserve, Gary gained the title of “The Internet’s Most Passionate Wine Program”. Revision3′s ecstatic to hear Gary has been placed amongst the finest influencer’s in the industry and we’re here to support him, so please give him a vote and help spread the wine gospel.

Vote for Gary at Silicon Alley Top 100 List Here.
Be sure to tune into Wine Library TV and Wine Library Reserve here on Revision3.

While our long time friend Michael Lewis, organizer of the wildly successful and fun Diggnation/Revision3 Meet Up in New York City has been nominated for Silicon Alley Top 100 List. This list represents New York’s Top 100 most influential digital business executives. Help Micheal spread the word about Revision3 and the shows we create by sending him some love and voting for him in the Top 100 list.

Vote for Michael at Silicon Alley Top 100 List Here.
Join the Revision3 NYC Meet Up Here.

TV Week Profiles Revision3

August 18th, 2008 at 10:44 by Michele Husak in Polemics

TV Week has got a great breakdown of several of the Internet Television networks out on the web including Revision3. We love what we do here at Revision3 and it’s amazing to see other networks out there helping to spread the good word about Internet Television. They say the “Revolution will be Televised” and it really is folks, except that now, the Revolution will be Downloaded (or streamed). There is also a poll on the article asking readers who they think will be the next big television studio, so be sure to vote for your favorite *cough* Revision3 *cough*.

And let’s not forget that TV Week refers to our own Martin Sargent as “the greatest comedic talent on the Web” which is a fact we’ve known for quite a long time!


iFanboy's Talking Comic Book Movies

July 18th, 2008 at 09:58 by Michele Husak in Polemics

As the summer movie season heats up, iFanboy has been talking to many radio stations and newspapers about the recent surge in movies based on comic books. One of the more recent appearances is up on the web for you to listen to. Josh Flanagan appeared on Newsweek On Air on the July 13th episode and discussed the comic book movies phenomenon with David Ansen, a NEWSWEEK Film Critic. Head over to Newsweek to hear the interview/discussion! If you can’t find the episode, it should be in the archive.

To hear more interviews and appearances, check out the full list of appearances with links to the various shows.

- Ron Richards

Diggnation Soundboards = Fun

July 10th, 2008 at 02:43 by Michele Husak in Polemics

The great thing about the Revision3 community is the enjoyment we all get out of our shows and sharing and experiencing some of the cool things that people have created based on our shows. The latest example comes from MrPowers and the creation of Diggnation Sound Boards. MrPowers has created two very cool sounds boards featuring Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht.

By taking audio from episodes of Diggnation and putting them into a nifty flash application, you can now have Kevin and Alex say whatever you choose. David Prager and myself have already spent way too much time playing with this and laughing at the results, so we thought everyone else would enjoy it too. Warning though, some of the content is not for minors or for the workplace, so be sure to have your headphones plugged in, or turn the sound down.