Sunday, December 13, 2009

Two Hours on 24 Hour Podcast

Here is a link to my appearance on the 24 hour podcast Saturday, Dec 12th, 2009. We talked about Zune Video Podcast in Windows 7 Media Center experience. Give it a watch and at the end of the video you can see our cat "Si" make an appearance on this live video podcast.



Here is the second hour of my appearance on the 24 hour live video podcast. I talk about the latest in electric car technology - Tesla S, Nissan Leaf and Coda.
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/3005332

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Speaking at BlogWorld


I will be attending and speaking on Promoting Podcasts through the Directories panel at the 2009 BlogWorld & New Media Expo in Las Vegas on Saturday, Oct 17th, 2009 at 4:15PM. The panel presenting will also include Todd Cochrane, CEO of RawVoice.com and BluBrry.com. We will be discussing the best ways get your podcast noticed in the podcast directories like Zune Podcast Marketplace, BluBrry.com, iTunes, PodcastPickle and many others.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Is Friendfeed the future of Podcasting 3.0+


Twitter and Friendfeed are as Steve Rubel says, next-gen blogging platforms that are gaining ground very quickly, but these new blogging platforms could be the new way all syndicated digital media files are distributed. It seems like podcasts that integrate with these platforms could have some advantages in the long-term if these platforms become more friendly to podcasters at all levels. I can see major media companies benefiting from integrating with distribution tools that have advanced real-time audience interactivity tools built-in. Podcasting has long needed better audience participation processes and functions.

The combination of Twitters - easy participation/reach and FriendFeed type threaded conversations with embedded on-demand and live audio/video make for a very interesting media delivery, subscription and audience participation service that could be delivered directly to a broadband connection flat screen TV's or portable media players and multimedia enabled phones. I believe that this is the direction that Twitter and Friendfeed will go. This then presents an interesting opportunity for the audience to really join these shows and participate at a deeper level then ever possible. The potential is great in combination with live shows. Our TV’s of the future will have this audience integration more and this could directly impact the potential of live programs (we are seeing this develop already at places like UStream) as the audience could impact the show real-time. This does come with some dangers in the area of sponsors and filtering this feedback.

The big question is how will these platforms really take over podcasting and the easy way would be for these tools to generate a new type of real-time RSS like API connection to your preferred media player, TV or phone device that would support this new interactive type delivery platform. I think the basics are in place to start doing this, but it will take a revolution not unlike the birth of podcasting to get it off the ground and this platform will need to enable screen-level playback tracking that will help enable the generation of money for content providers in a better way then has happened with Podcasting 1.0. This platform would integrate streaming with downloading and pair those together. The other major issue is the integration of paid download-to-own pay per file digital media transactions and podcast-like subscriptions in the free and paid sides. The only answer is a combination of the two is the only model that works for everyone.

I don't think we ever achieved a podcasting 2.0 as we now need a Podcasting 3.0 and I believe this could be it.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Zune Podcasting Is Alive and Thriving

The recent Zune HD announcements have been exciting and it is great to see so many others excited about it as well. The images of the device do not show "Podcasts" as a top menu item, but it is in the mix and thriving on the entire Zune platform and devices. The Podcast menu item appears when you select a podcast to be added to your collection. The new Zune HD will continue to support audio and video podcasts. Zune is commited to offering podcast content as we have 4 people working on the Zune Podcast area. We will continue to expand the podcast catalog that is also available at our Zune.net podcast area.

Update: Engadget has a nice article and set of hands-on gallery photos of the new Zune HD that shows clearly that Podcasts are indeed part of the top level navigation on the new device. Read it and see the photos.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Best Podcasts You're Not Downloading Yet

Zune has a steady flow of new podcast series coming into the Zune Podcast Directory and many really great ones never get the deserved audience attention for a variety of reasons. So, starting with this post will be a regular flow on this blog about new and cool podcasts that are the best of the best.
Here is this week’s list.
- SuperNews from Current TV is a full-episode animated video podcast makes fun of current events and online culture.
- President Obama's Weekly Address and Key Speeches – Video
- President Obama's Weekly Address and Key Speeches – Audio
- Coverville is a long-running music podcast produced/hosted by pioneering podcaster Brian Ibbott that has published almost 600 episodes.
- College Humor original videos are shockingly funny and like a box of chocolates as you never know what you are going to get with this very high quality produced viral video.
- Digg Dialog is hosted by Digg co-founder and Diggnation co-host Kevin Rose as he shows his more serious side.
- Smosh Videos are produced by YouTube stars Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox. This series won a YouTube award for Best Comedy.
- Motley Fool Money podcast is your weekly dose of financial news, commentary and tips.
- NPR: Planet Money you'll meet high rollers, brainy economists and regular folks -- all trying to make sense of our rapidly changing global economy.
- Rotten Tomatoes Show from Current TV is a fun and very well produced movie review show. So before you go to the movies this coming weekend check latest full-episode.
The links above will take you to our page for them in our Zune.net podcast directory.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Podcast Feed Submissions Accepted from Zune.net

The news that broke last week that Zune.net now has all 12 thousand podcasts available for streaming or download from the web site now. The streaming part is only available for audio podcasts at this time, but could be considered one of the largest online podcast directories online.

The real significant story that has yet to be blogged about is that podcast feeds can now be submitted through Zune.net. This is great for all those Apple Mac users who are making great podcast content and can now submit their feeds. They will also see them in the catalog and this is something that I have been working to get happen for many months at Zune.

It has been many years since a new online podcast directory has launched and is a significant development for the podcast industry.

I want to clear up any rumors about me “moving on” from Zune. It is true that I was off for many weeks, but I am back working on Zune Podcasts as a Podcast Producer that is doing the podcast community relations, editorial and promo features for the Zune software platform at Microsoft.

Rob Greenlee