Elizabeth Hunter at Jumping the Broom Premiere

Mingle Media TV was invited to come out to the premiere of Jumping the Broom staring Angela Bassett, Paula Patton, Laz Alonso, Loretta Devine, Meagan Good, Tasha Smith, Julie Bowen, Romeo Miller, DeRay Davis, Valarie Pettiford, Mike Epps, Pooch Hall, and Gary Dourdan. Jumping the Broom is about two very different families who converge on Martha’s Vineyard over a weekend for a wedding. The movie is produced by T.D. Jakes, Tracey E. Edmonds, Curtis Wallace, Elizabeth Hunter and Glendon Palmer, writers Elizabeth Hunter and Arlene Gibbs, and director Salim Akil. Jumping the Broom opens on May 6th – follow them on Twitter @JumpingTheBroom or get more info on their website at http://www.jumpingthebroom-movie.com. To see the video interviews from the red carpet, please visit Mingle Media TV’s Red Carpet report channel at http://www.minglemediatv.com/redcarpetreport.html. Special thanks to http://www.sonypicturespublicity.com where you can get more info and publicity information.

Curtis Wallace at Jumping the Broom Premiere

Mingle Media TV was invited to come out to the premiere of Jumping the Broom staring Angela Bassett, Paula Patton, Laz Alonso, Loretta Devine, Meagan Good, Tasha Smith, Julie Bowen, Romeo Miller, DeRay Davis, Valarie Pettiford, Mike Epps, Pooch Hall, and Gary Dourdan. Jumping the Broom is about two very different families who converge on Martha’s Vineyard over a weekend for a wedding. The movie is produced by T.D. Jakes, Tracey E. Edmonds, Curtis Wallace, Elizabeth Hunter and Glendon Palmer, writers Elizabeth Hunter and Arlene Gibbs, and director Salim Akil. Jumping the Broom opens on May 6th – follow them on Twitter @JumpingTheBroom or get more info on their website at http://www.jumpingthebroom-movie.com. To see the video interviews from the red carpet, please visit Mingle Media TV’s Red Carpet report channel at http://www.minglemediatv.com/redcarpetreport.html. Special thanks to http://www.sonypicturespublicity.com where you can get more info and publicity information.

Do you watch Movies on Demand?

With all the crazy weather out there – we thought we’d help out so you don’t go stir crazy and share some of the movies you can get on-demand… without the hassle of leaving home (even though you want to!).

Lionsgate’s Alpha and Omega

Lionsgate’s Alpha and Omega

Lionsgate’s Alpha and Omega – released on DVD Tuesday, January 11.

Alpha and Omega is a 2010 3D computer animated film starring the voices of Justin LongHayden PanettiereDennis Hopper (in his last film appearance), Danny Glover and Christina Ricci.
It’s about two young wolves at opposite ends of their pack’s social order are thrown together into a foreign land and need each other to return home, but love complicates everything.

Fun for families and you can even get it on DVD.

 

Here are some other movie suggestions that you might find of interest for viewing on-demand – they come out in the next few weeks and the way the weather is going for lots of us, I think it’s good to have a back up plan.

  • Sony – Takers – 1/18
  • Lionsgate – Saw: The Final Chapter – 1/25
  • Lionsgate – The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – 1/25
  • Summit – Red – 1/25
  • Sony – The Social Network – 2/4
  • Universal – My Soul To Take – 2/8
  • Universal – It’s Kind of a Funny Story – 2/8
  • Sony – Burlesque – 2/22

If you want to learn more above these movies – check out IMDb.com you can see clips and photos for most TV and Film productions!

Tell me what your favorite movie is out of these suggestions!!

Microsoft Surface at the Lincoln Booth at the LA Auto Show 2010

LA Auto Show 2010, at the Lincoln Booth, Michelle Naranjo plays with a Microsoft Surface.

Mingle Media TV was invited to cover the first major North American Auto Show of the season, the 2010 LA Auto Show will host approximately 50 World and North American debuts. We were accompanied by Michelle from the popular blog and talk show: MissMotormouth. Follow Michelle’s webshow and find out more about Michelle at http://www.missmotormouth.com Press Days, Nov. 17 and 18, will feature more than 25 press conferences from manufacturers around the globe. To receive the latest show news and information visit LAautoshow.com. The LA Auto Show is open to the public starting tomorrow through the 28th. Join the LA Auto Show conversation by following the Show on Twitter twitter.com/LAAutoShow For more event coverage – visit Mingle Media TVhttp://www.minglemediatv.com

For more info on Microsoft’s Surface click here: http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en/u…
Microsoft Surface represents a fundamental change in the way we interact with digital content. Leave the mouse and keyboard behind. Surface lets you grab digital content with your hands and move information with simple gestures and touches. Surface also sees and interacts with objects placed on the screen, allowing you to move information between devices like mobile phones or cameras.

Cadillac’s ULC Concept Car at 2010 LA Auto Show

2010 LA Auto Show, Cadillac’s ULC city concept car: on display , a scissor doored two seater.  Mingle Media TV was invited to cover the first major North American Auto Show of the season, the 2010 LA Auto Show will host approximately 50 World and North American debuts. We were accompanied by Michelle from the popular blog and talk show: MissMotormouth. Follow Michelle’s webshow and find out more about Michelle at http://www.missmotormouth.com Press Days, Nov. 17 and 18, will feature more than 25 press conferences from manufacturers around the globe. To receive the latest show news and information visit LAautoshow.com. The LA Auto Show is open to the public starting tomorrow through the 28th. Join the LA Auto Show conversation by following the Show on Twitter twitter.com/LAAutoShow For more event coverage – visit Mingle Media TV http://www.minglemediatv.com 

More Disappointment – Why are you considering GoogleTV today?

In case you haven’t seen the latest articles about why Google TV is not ready forHulu Not Available on Sony Google TV prime time… or if you missed the two articles that we published after the Streaming Media West about Google TV (in case you missed the post – see it here: Sony’s Google TV at the Streaming Media West Conference).

Not withstanding hitting the wall when trying to navigate to the sites where you can watch your favorite video content… getting blocked in this day and age really sucks… ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox aren’t letting you watch their content through Google TV… so why are you buying it?

Don’t take my word for it… check out what these journalists are saying:

What is surprising is that Google TV’s chief is not concerned about what people are saying about usability. The real motivation behind Google’s push for this technology is REVENUE. The Benjamins.

Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google said at the O’Reilly Media’s Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco: “The way to get more revenue is to create more revenue sources, and the way to do that is through things like Google TV.”

What do you think? What are you looking for?

Question for our readers:

Do you want to hook your TV up to the Internet? Tell us your thoughts…

Yes – I Rant More: Google TV? IPTV? What Do The Consumers Want?

Well… of course, this is one for the books… I’m right? LOL.

A recent study showed that HALF of Americans HAVE or Want Internet- connected TVs!! This week on our #WebSeriesChat (Wednesdays, 11 AM PST on Twitter hosted by Patrick Bardwell of Slebisodes and Stephanie Piche of Mingle Media TV) the discussion came up on length of an episode and earlier conversations were about what the impact of GoogleTV for Web Series creators. Of course, we all have our opinions and many creators are still creating short-form (3 minute average) length video content while our position at Mingle Media TV is that for our audience long-form (30-60 minute average) length video content is perfectly acceptable (in the past two years, I have executive produced over 3,040 hours of long-form video content.)

Other interesting factoids to contribute to the conversation about Connected TVs, Audience and Age:

  • The average age of social networking site users: 37 Years Old
  • The average age of a Facebook users is 38 Years Old
  • The average age of a Twitter user is 39 years old – and 65% of Twitter users are 35 or older
  • Average time spent on YouTube per month in the US: 1:12:20
  • An average of 24 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute (which is equal to about 150K full length films over the course of a week)
  • YouTube streamed 5,799,702,000 videos in June 2010 in the US
  • Hulu streamed 598,812,000 videos in June 2010 in the US (about 1/10th of YouTube)
  • 36% of YouTube viewers are between the ages of 18-34 and are 50% male

What does this all mean? Well, first there is Venus and Mars to contend with. Men like the remote control option (you know, channel changing) hence the multiple short form viewing of “college humor” type videos…

But then there are women, if we’re going to watch video online, we become invested in that story, the characters and don’t want it to end after 3 minutes… we will watch long form and we are watching it.

I digress… a recent study showed that we are becoming more comfortable with alternative ways of viewing long-form video, including watching those missed TV episodes from last night on Hulu. What does this mean? We need to adjust for our audience – we need to create for our audience… we need Internet connected-TV’s not apps (yes more of my rant).

Organizations like iSuppli Corporation say by 2014 there will be 148 million web-enabled TV’s sold, up from an estimated 28 million in July this year which is double that of 2009.

Internet-Enabled TV Sales Worldwide, 2009, 2010 & 2014 (millions)

However, DisplaySearch, thinks the numbers will be higher in their projections with 45 million being sold in 2010 (we still have 2 more months)  but only about 119 million sold by 2014. Considering most of us had to buy a NEW TV in the past 24 months due to broadcast changes – a slow down in purchasing web-enabled or 3D TVs are not a surprise to me… but then again, I do connect my Vizio flatscreens to the Interwebs already and surf… remember AppleTV? It’s really not hard if you have a Playstation 3 or MacMini to do it today… our other methods for the other TVs.

Internet-Connected TV Shipments Worldwide, 2010 & 2014 (millions of units)

So with 50% of us already doing it… what are people in such a huff about GoogleTV? Because they want to sell you apps and try to monetize on apps and make life a living hell with – say it with me… APPS!!

TV Connected to the Internet, June 2010 (% of US internet users)

So if there are 221 million US internet users today and about 50% of us are already connecting to the Interwebs…. why are people clambering for the GoogleTV option? why is there a question about how long an episode created for the web should be? Or for that matter, what the future of TV is going to be? By the time GoogleTV is adopted at any high rate to make sense – TV viewers will already have had their existing HDTVs connected to the Interwebs and watching their favorite TV shows on the nice, big FLAT Screen TVs…

Oh yeah… and if you are creating for the WEB – keep in mind that you need to create for your audience and if you don’t have an audience or a plan to build an audience, then I would recommend stepping back and thinking about that as part of your creative process. Nothing worse than losing your audience because you kept them wanting.

 

Sony’s Google TV at the Streaming Media West Conference

There’s nothing more exciting than going to a tech conference and touching the new products… before they hit the retail shelves. Of course all of us at Mingle Media TV admit to be total geeks so it’s no surprise that we are watching what happens as more and more video is being consumed off the traditional track of Television to the digital world of the Internet.

This week in Los Angeles, The Streaming Media West Conference is going on at the Hyatt in Century City and we thought we’d check out some panels and of course, the exhibits… okay, and yes, we went to check out the Google TV demo at the Streaming Media booth.

Sony's Google TV As much as we would have liked to video tape a real review, the set up at the event was not conducive to a test run, but we took some photos of the Sony Internet TV powered by Google TV and found this article by CrunchGear that you might want to read for comparison between the Sony TV and Logitech Revue.

After reading this post, I have to admit that I prefer the option of watching more content on the Internet without having to deal with “apps” on the console. Why? Well, for one reason, I have Verizon Fios, now remember I said I’m a geek, I have an iPhone, iPad, wireless connected home – and yes, I was one of those who bought into the Apple TV when it came out… I’ve been watching the Internet on my TV for several years now. However, when you’re looking at the consumer in general… you have to think about what they will and won’t use.Sony Google TV Control Pad

They won’t use apps… I don’t use the apps on my Verizon Fios… it’s too much clutter. How many people use Picture-in-Picture on their TVs? Seriously, I have that too… but damned if I want to use it on a regular basis.

So what’s all the fuss about… well, it’s a disruptor to TV Networks… and if we look at our recent history, industry offerings that are adopted by consumers like VOD (video-on-demand) have put retailers like Hollywood Video and Blockbuster out of business. Prior to that newspapers started feeling the pains of citizen journalism and news feeds that were available in readers and their newspaper in print started shrinking as more consumers moved online for their news and in most cases don’t even read the local daily paper??

What does this all mean? We’re early in the game still and TV and electronics manufacturers are going to try to make nice boxes on the screen thinking that the general public are going to like it (we don’t, I don’t and I’m your target audience… yes, I am a collective of people here at Mingle Media TV and speaking for all of us…) Let’s just connect the TV to the Interwebs and let us surf freely – don’t put us in a nice, neat package, it doesn’t work that way…

Hulu Not Available on Sony Google TVSeriously – we don’t want to wait around for you to create containers we have to install and have to have people build more apps for… it maybe the way the iPad works.. or Android… but with less than 30% of cell phone users having a smart phone… get the clue… the Yahoo! connected TV has been out for a year now… not making too many waves are they? There’s a reason for that… you need to look at the numbers of who are using the apps on smart phones and how long they use them for… I spent 20 years in technology marketing – 8 years in Silicon Valley and this makes me crazy!! It’s simple: make techology that is simple for the masses to adopt…. THEN make it cooler….

Of course, if Google TV, Sony Google TV or Logitech Revue Google TV (that goes for Samsung, Toshiba, LG, Vizio and HiSense and anyone else out there developing technology for the masses) folks want to have the experts who broadcast 40 plus hours a week of LIVE Interactive and produced web series to test out the technology in our studios… we would love to. HINT.

Until that time, I say – put your money in a TV that connects DIRECTLY to the internet… if you aren’t sure how to do that… just let us know! We’d love to get you connected on your 50″ flat screen watching Mingle Media TV shows!

David Arquette at 3D Film Festival Red Carpet and Premiere Coverage

Mingle Media TV was invited to come out and cover the opening of the 3D Film Festival and the Premiere of StreetDance 3D. The festival is running through October 3rd 2010. THE 3D FILM FESTIVAL 1641 N. IVAR AVENUE HOLLYWOOD, CA 90028 3DFF.ORG 323-785-2389 For more detailed information about the event schedule, tickets, or press junkets please visit http://www.3DFF.org or contact The Dream Factory at (415) 871-1707. About The Dream Factory/3DFF The Dream Factory Studio, with primary offices in Hollywood is the world leader in interactive live 3D events. 3DFF is noted as the first digital 3D film & interactive festival program of its kind in the United States. To become a supporter of 3DFF or for more information please visit http://www.thedreamfactorystudio.com or http://www.3dff.org. About RealD Inc. RealD is a leading global licensor of 3D technologies. RealD’s extensive intellectual property portfolio is used in applications that enable a premium 3D viewing experience in the theater, the home and elsewhere. For more information, please visit our website atwww.reald.com. About Sony Sony?s Digital Cinema Solutions group combines Sony?s full range of technologies, purchasing options, alternative content offerings, training and service to provide a broad range of solutions for exhibitors. For more information, visit http://www.sony.com/digitalcinema. About Los Angeles Film School The Los Angeles Film School (LAFS) is an accredited college with a campus located in the heart of Hollywood that includes the historic RCA Building at 6363 Sunset Boulevard. For more information about LAFS, please visit http://www.lafilm.edu or call (323) 860-0789 Thanks to the Prism Media Group for inviting us for more info visit http://www.prism-mg.com To see video coverage of this event please visit Mingle Media TV at http://www.minglemediatv.com/redcarpetreport.html