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Pick Your Feed

March 18th, 2008 at 01:53 by Michele Husak in Announcements, Website

One of the great things I enjoy about working at Revision3 is the feedback we get from the audience. Be it our shows, the website or anything in general, our audience always has great feedback, both positive and negative. We spend a lot of time reviewing that feedback and try to utilize it when making decisions about what to work on.

Many of you have been enjoying the daily editions of Tekzilla, Internet Superstar, and the new daily videos of iFanboy and have been outspoken about the fact that the daily episodes were included in the feed for the show. Some of you love it, getting Patrick Norton and the Tekzilla fix on a daily basis is exactly what you want. While others of you hated it, that you didn’t like having to download every episode of Lil’ Internet Superstar, just to get to the big Internet Superstar show. Believe it or not, we got some very vocal feedback from both sides of the topic.

So after a lot of work and a few heated meetings at Revision3 HQ, we’ve rolled out our updated solution for everyone to be able to get the shows they want, how they want them. Now when you’re on the page for a show, like Tekzilla, click on “Subscription Options” and you’ll see we’ve created individual feeds for the following:

  • Combined Feeds – get both daily episodes and weekly episodes in one feed
  • Daily Feeds – if you would like to subscribe to daily episodes separately
  • Weekly Feeds – If you would like just the longer/weekly show

So now, you can pick the kind of feed you’d like and have the shows delivered when and how you prefer! If you’d like to change your subscription preference, you’ll just have to unsubscribe from your current RSS feed and re-subscribe with one of the feeds available on the site.

We’ve also made it easier to distinguish the daily episodes from the weekly episodes as we’ve added the daily episodes to the previous episodes listings for each show. We’ve also enabled filtering when browsing the previous episodes, so you can find the episodes you want.

Now this change only affects our shows with daily episodes, so other shows like Diggnation and popSiren, nothing changes for them, just continue watching and enjoying as you have.

We hope you enjoy this simple, yet impactful (so we think) change to our feeds and please keep the feedback coming. Comment here or in the forums and feel free to email us at support AT revision3 DOT com.

thanks.


Watching Revision3 Has Never Been Easier…

February 21st, 2008 at 11:03 by Michele Husak in Website

One of the biggest challenges for a burgeoning Internet Television network is dealing with the multiple ways our viewers watch and enjoy our show. We’ve been proud to be a leader in the space in terms of supporting numerous file formats, from Quicktime to WMV to XVid, and supporting however our viewers want to get their shows, be it via iTunes or Miro, RSS or Bittorrent, we try to support everyone.

However, a growing number of you have been watching our shows here on Revision3.com via our flash player! We love the fact that so many of you do this as it provides for the most complete experience, as you can watch the show, read the show notes and then head over to to the forums to talk about the episode. That said, we’ve begun to start improving the flash player that delivers our video to you via the website. For those of you familiar with with flash development, you can understand that this can be a pretty big undertaking, so it’s going to take some time – but we have released a smaller update that many of you on slower Internet connections will probably appreciate.

Now, when viewing an episode on Revision3.com, you’ll notice a switch on the bottom right (see below image highlighted in red) that allows you to control the video quality between Low and High. Those of you who are on a 768k or lower speed connection, you might want to consider trying the Low Quality, which should load faster for you.

Revision3 Flash Player

This is the first small improvement to our flash player experience and you can defnitely expect more to come throughout 2008. If you have any thoughts or suggestions of what we should do to improve/change our flash player, please leave a comment below.

thanks.
– Ron Richards


The Website Updates Roll On

February 11th, 2008 at 05:19 by Michele Husak in Website

There’s nothing better than starting the week to some changes and improvements to the website of your favorite Internet TV network. And on this Monday, we strive to give you the very best in your Internet TV viewing experience and are happy to share with you some small changes and updates we’ve made to the site:

  • Blog RSS Feed - Obviously, since you’re reading this post, you like our blog. Well now it’s easy to subscribe to it in your favorite RSS Reader or RSS aggregator. Just look for the RSS icon in the upper right of the page on any blog post and take that RSS URL and subscribe to it in your application of choice!
  • More Info on the Just Released Page – A small change, but one that many of you asked for, on the ever popular Just Released page, we’ve added the release date and time to this page.
  • Downloading Specific Episodes – Many of you sent in feedback that you were having a hard time finding where to download a specific episode. So we’ve expanded that box by default on the episode pages, so now the various file formats available for direct download or bittorrent are available for your downloading pleasure!
  • Top Navigation – We’ve been working on some bugs with our top navigation, mainly the way the drop downs interact when they drop down on a page with the flash player. That bug has been fixed, so you shouldn’t see any problems. We’ve also added a slim login box along the top, which is currently only working in Firefox, but we’ll be rolling this out for Internet Explorer and Opera soon.

Like I said, small changes but it’s important to note that many of these changes, as well as other ones we have in the queue, were the result of YOUR feedback. We’re reading any and all blog comments, forum posts and direct emails and using that to help us prioritize our development. So please, keep the feedback coming!

thanks.
– Ron Richards


Revision3 Now Live 24 Hours a Day – With Chat Too!

January 25th, 2008 at 11:47 by Jim Louderback in Announcements, Website

The hits just keep coming here at Revision3! I’m excited to announce another new feature, long in the making.

It’s our very first “live” feed, and it’ll ensure that there’s always something to watch.
What’s actually on? Alas, it’s not a live stream of Sarah Lane’s desk, or David Randolph’s shop. Nor is it Martin with one of those cheesy head-mounted cameras (although he begged for one). Nope, it’s a real, live feed of Revision3 programming, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

That’s right, any time, day or night, you can simply click on our “Live” button and let us do the programming for you. Sit back and be surprised and amazed by one of our 11 (soon to be 12) great shows. It’s the perfect antidote to the On-Demand world of web video. You don’t have to do anything – just set it and forget it.

I can think of a hundred ways to take advantage of our new live program loop, and here are just a few:

Leave it on all day on the job while cranking out that busywork for the boss.

Too tired to decide what to watch at night? Leave our live feed on and be surprised by the latest from Martin, Patrick, Kevin and Alex.

Cranky baby? The soothing tones of our Revision3 programs will have her sleeping in no time.

Driving cross country? With a laptop and EVDO card, we’re better than radio (but perhaps illegal in some states).

Bored in class? Tune out the teacher with our always on loop.

There are lots more fun ways to use our new live programming loop – leave your ideas in the comments below, and we’ll highlight some of the best suggestions on one of our programs.

But wait, I forgot the best part. You don’t have to watch alone. That’s because we’ve added an always-on chat stream to the live stream. That’s right, you can watch what’s on RIGHT NOW with your friends, and other Revision3 fans from around the world. Who knows, maybe one of your favorite Revision3 stars will stop by and say hi too!

So stop by, see what’s on, and then chat about it (or anything that’s on your mind) 24 hours a day. Powered by Meebo, our Revision3 chat room turns viewing our shows into an interactive, community experience!

Now, with Revision3, you’re never alone! And expect even more “live” stuff to come in the future!

Post your own ideas about how to use our new live loop, or just leave a comment about how you like our new service, in the comments below!


Revision3.com Updates – We Hear You and Have Changes!

January 24th, 2008 at 11:49 by Michele Husak in Website

It’s been less than a week since the new Revision3.com site went live and it’s been an exciting time. We’ve received tons of feedback from our audience and we really appreciate it all, both good and bad! We want to thank those of you who have taken the time to congratulate and compliment us on our new home on the Internet, your comments really keep us going. As for the criticisms and complaints, thank you too! Your comments have pointed out to us what we need to work on and how we can improve the site.

With that said, I’m happy to announce that we’ve got some more changes to the site that I’m sure many of you will appreciate:

  • Homepage – We’ve updated our homepage with some tweaking of the design and added a section, “Just Released” which highlights the latest releases from Revision3, as well as a dedicated page with our episodes in chronological order of release. So now, you can stay on top of our shows as they are released!
  • Speed and Optimization – This one is a little less obvious, but we’re constantly working on the site’s code, image sizes and on our servers to keep the site running quick and responsive. We received a huge response from our new site launch, which led to increased traffic and more folks on our already vibrant forums, which is great, but also led to the site being a bit slower than everyone would like. Trust me, we get just as frustrated as you do. But we’re working on it and you should already be noticing the speed of site becoming less and less of an issue. Our IT guys are working overtime on this, so we ask that you continue to be patient.

Like I said, it’s been exciting and it should continue to be. We’re working our collective butts off to make the best website for you, our audience to enjoy. So check out our new features and stay tuned for more as we’ll be rolling them out on a steady basis. And as always, please feel free to leave your comments and let us know what you like and dislike. We are listening and appreciate the feedback!

– Ron Richards