Monthly Archive for March, 2006

The BBC Brand

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(Before I went overseas I pre wrote a few posts to fill the empty space while I was gone.. this is one of them.)

This is one of the new BBC brand videos. Its designed to not promote one specific BBC venture, but instead the whole corporation.

This is the one about the liberation of Kabul.

But before I go.

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I’m sure you’ve already seen this on YouTube, but now that its been used as the actual opener for this weeks new episode of the Simpsons (the Ricky Gervais episode), I thought I’d share it again in this context.

They cleaned it up for use in the episode by adding the ‘created by’ credits etc. I don’t think Sky could of could have imagined how well this would go.

Updated logo… going international

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Back in August I took the blog on a bit of a road trip when I went to London for a week, well I’m at it again, and while I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to capture, hopefully I’ll be able to get something.

I leave tomorrow for Washington D.C., before heading to Dublin, Bahrain and Singapore. I get back home on the 17th when hopefully normally blogging will resume.

This week in current affairs shows: Part 5

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This weeks lesson: graphics

if you really want to engage with a complex concept in depth, what you want is a stamp

If you missed it, here is part one, two, three and four.

The Chaser’s War on Canberra

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The Chaser’s War on Everything did their second Famous Face Off this week, and in my home town of all places. The first one was Morecroft vs Tynan in an autocue read-off, this week though its National’s Senator Barnaby Joyce vs Family First Senator Steve Fielding in a soccer block-off on issues of gay marriage, tax cuts and the sale of Telstra.

Surprise Spruiker: Rabbitohs

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Hat tipping and swearing… the AWB? Nup, the South Sydney Rabbitohs

The first Foxtel Friday: FOX8

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In an effort to post some actual idents I thought I’d introduce this semi-regular column.. Better Know a Foxtel Channel (aka Foxtel Friday). So without further ado, Part 1 in this 63 part series…

First channel off the ranks is the networks flagship channel, FOX8 (the fightin’ eighth). FOX8 rebranded itself recently and continues to be the highest rated channel on Foxtel, thanks no doubt to The Simpsons.

Wikipedia also notes that it is “one of the very few channels to have been continuously broadcast since Foxtel’s foundation 10 years ago.”

More videos after the jump. Continue reading “The first Foxtel Friday: FOX8” »

Two takes on the Commonwealth Games

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The Nine Network and BBC coverage of the Commonwealth Games. I think I like the BBC music better.

That other digital channel

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When it comes to the extra channels available on digital TV, ABC2 is pretty the extent of it for me. But, SBS do offer their World News Channel, and it’s a pretty awesome resource of international news broadcasts, and although its not much use to english-only speaking me, I’d imagine it would be pretty sweet for people looking for news broadcasts in their prefered language.

The Chaser’s War on iPod

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Triple J’s Hack current affairs program did a story this week about how Australian’s are now the biggest downloaders of TV in the world. And who can blame us?

With Ten, Nine and Seven too busy protecting their ad revenue to offer downloads I think ABC has the perfect opportunity to step up and offer video downloads. I wouldn’t mind them charging us for it through iTunes, or just video podcasting them for free. Either way, to get the ball rolling.. last nights entire episode of The Chaser’s War on Everything.

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(You don’t need a video iPod to watch, but you will need iTunes, Quicktime or VLC)