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We get several dozen press releases a week. Some are relevant, but most are not, and a few are downright crazy. I think it’s time to shine a light on some of this silliness…

Today, I received an open letter to American Idol’s Sanjaya from KFC’s President (who isn’t named Colonel Sanders). Here’s an excerpt and a sheared mock-up photo:

kfc-bowl.jpgThe judges and critics may think you’re a long shot for a recording contract, but at KFC, we think you’re a real “original.” And as the experts in Original Recipe® Chicken, we know an original when we see one! In fact, today, I would like to sweeten our tasty offer by serving you up your very first recording deal.

If you sport a bowlcut hairdo in a nationally televised performance, KFC will grant you a free lifetime supply of KFC Famous Bowls and a charitable donation in your name – plus $5,000 in cash and your own starring role in our next KFC Famous Bowls advertisement.

This is what Web video was made for. Forget real news, video blogs and gadget demos, turn your browser to the Onion News Network.

In case you missed it, the Onion debuted its online video broadcasts late last month. And if you’re a fan of the print version, the short-form videos are a must. There are only a few clips posted so far, but they have the same irreverent tone as the daily print fare. They’re not dissimilar to clips from The Daily Show, but with no TV heritage, the Onion crosses into territory that even cable broadcasters fear to tread.

Don’t want to bother with Onion video news on your computer? Download it to your TiVo with TiVoCast or take it on the go with Helio.

So far my favorite clip is the immigration one embedded above. It’s just as tasteless and hilarious as you’d expect it to be.

Digital Media Bytes

Dave Zatz —  March 30, 2007

A periodic roundup of relevant news… from our other blogs.


cartman_ass.jpgI love my Xbox 360 (with video download service) more and more each day. Tomorrow, South Park will be available in HD and for free (two weeks only). While 16:9 HD cartoons won’t change my life, it’s pretty cool to see high def content finding alternate avenues onto our televisions. (Note to Comedy Central: Not only do I not need to see the Sarah Silverman Program in HD, I don’t need to see it at all.)

I still have a few gripes with the Video Marketplace, and would like to see better navigation as the catalog grows and generally less advertising within the Xbox GUI. As long as I’m requesting features, instead of buying a Wii… how about Microsoft hook me up with a motion-sensing controller and associated games (in HD – take that Nintendo!). If they can’t deliver in the next few weeks, I’ll just have to pick up Guitar Hero II.

lost.jpgWhat the heck is up with Lost? Honestly, I think I’m about done. I’ve lost interest in getting answers to their mysteries… the bits they’ve revealed aren’t so mysterious (or compelling) anyway and they’ve killed some of my favorite characters such Ana Lucia and Ecko (not to mention we’ve barely seen any Locke recently).

The first season was absolutely amazing, some of the best television ever — I guess it’s no surprise they couldn’t keep that level of quality (and my interest) going forever. There are two lessons here: 1. Mysteries and horror are better left off screen. What we don’t know is more scary, more perplexing, and thus more engaging. 2. Movies have a distinct beginning, middle, and end (which I prefer)… whereas television shows drag on collecting advertising dollars as long as possible (which I don’t prefer).

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TiVo Guru Guides Hit The Box

Dave Zatz —  December 23, 2006

While Guru Guides have been available for some time, registration has been handled solely via TiVo’s web site. With this week’s update, TiVo subscribers can now opt-in to a variety of Guru Guides direct through the TiVo interface.

Guru Guides refresher:

TiVo Guru Guides are lists of television programs hand-selected by experts like Vogue and Sports Illustrated to help you discover and automatically record the best TV programming in various categories like cooking, sports, fashion, home & garden, and more. You can record all shows in a Guru Guides list or choose just the shows that interest you most. Guru Guides generally deliver 3-10 hours of programming every week and are updated regularly, as new shows air, so you’re always sure to be watching the freshest, hottest, most interesting programs on TV!

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