Yahoo Video – Excellent!

First let me say, I love internet video blogs and shows. They fill the void of a busy office environment and provide stimuli that imitates something of the sociability factor that is lacking in isolation.

Before work I was cruising the net checking out the new Yahoo format. On a lark I decided to go the Yahoo Finance section since I like to try to follow market trends.

To my very pleasant surprise they had Yahoo Finance videos.

The biggest drawback of itv or internet video segments is that they are present on individual sites and you actually have to stop what your doing to drop from site to site to launch that individual segment. As valuable as that video segment my be, it still requires more manual intervention that operating a simple remote control as for a tv.

So, as Yahoo Finance video section appeared, I saw multiple channels of information with a plethora of segments that are as short as a minute to as long as seven or eight minutes, but total about thirty minutes per channel. Once you chose a program channel (example: SmartMoney tv) and click a video segment, the segment launches in a separate browser window (I use FireFox latest version). When that segment ends, the next segment begins and the entire channel plays on a continuous loop until you choose a different channel and segment to launch. If a segment launches that you’re not into, hit the next channel button.

Right click with your mouse on the screen and a menu appears for normal video controls. For those that are gluttons for overload, I discovered you can launch multiple video segments at the same time and they will play without degrading each other.

There were very short commercial segments that popped up, but I thought was a minor thing in comparison to normal television advertising. Roughly thirty seconds for thirty minutes on average on Yahoo as compared to seven and a half minutes for thirty minutes of broadcast.

Another minor drawback is that many of the segments don’t have dates in their logos and the commentators don’t always mention it. So you may be watching a segment that is a few days old without realizing it.

If you want to find the total range of channels look in the middle of the Yahoo Home page (not from My Yahoo) there is a frame that has a video tab with a large selection of segments to choose from all the major networks and agencies covering news, entertainment, health, finance, etc. etc..

I’m very pleasantly surprised and have every intention of coming back to this service. It’s nice to finally have an itv service that is simple to work with and provides me almost everything my TV used to. Give it a shot. www.yahoo.com

Fahrenheit and Fahrenhype – Watch them both

I was wandering around the library the other day (yes, I actually books) and ran across Fahrenheit 9/11 and Fahrenhype 9/11.

When they originally came out I deliberately ignored them. Why? I didn’t want to deal with the distraction from my normal life. Although, I did promise to myself that eventually I would see them both.

So, I took them from the library. I decided that I would set aside a time to watch continuously both movies.

While watching Fahrenheit 9/11, I felt myself led by a compelling and emotional story that appeared to connect disparate facts in a broad web of conspiracy. And during all that, there seemed to be broad disconnects filled by long periods of vastly emotional scenes with poignant vignettes of sarcasm. In this purported documentary, it truly set me back that great segments of information packing capability was jammed more with entertainment and mood setting like I would expect from a fictional movie. Of the full two hours in length, stripping away all the mood setting, I figured half of the time was actual fact projections.

While watching Fahrenhype 9/11 it became clear it was truly a rebuttal and explained a lot of what I sensed was missing from Fahrenheit. I won’t go into the total details, but I have to say it filled a lot of voids and explain why the answers were so incredibly over simplified. I was very impressed with the fact that a number of the people from Fahrenheit were in Fahrenhype disputing the movie and the context their

What’s my judgment? Fahrenheit is definitely an emotionally driven entertainment production that will stir you deeply with concern that our country is headed down hill and the bottom will be fatal. Ultimately though, Fahrenhype shines a light of clarity on this and truly deflates the emotional tidal wave of Fahrenheit.

Which do I believe? Fahrenhype.