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  1. TV station accidentally broadcasts porn

    Okay, we've all fat-fingered the controls occasionally. Everyone who has worked in a live TV environment knows the fear of putting the wrong thing to air. However I think this guy's bad day beats anything I can recall...

    On March 3rd 2008 a technician at the Tahiti Nui television network (in French Polynesia) watched a bit of "adult content" in private, while at the same time supposedly recording a separate satellite feed for later broadcast. What he didn't realize was that he was ...
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  2. Reality TV in Space

    In less than 24 hours from the time I post this blog entry, NASA's Phoenix lander will attempt to land on Mars. See my forum thread with the details and my opinion of why this is the best type of reality TV going. Try something different - tune in for some real drama!
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  3. Housekeeping: Blog moved (slightly)

    I'm still trying to sort out the best way to run this blog but I've realised that I need to move it to my own personal account in the MediaCollege.com forum. The URL for the blog has changed but apart from that everything should be working as normal. You don't have to change your subscription in any way.

    I had to do a bit of a hack to move the blog entries to the new location so please let me know if you spot any problems.

    Regarding guest posts, from now on I'll suggest ...
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  4. NBC's coverage of the Olympic Opening Ceremony

    There's an interesting discussion at slashdot.org about NBC's online coverage of the Olympic opening ceremony. Apparently the order of teams marching into the stadium has been altered in order to delay the USA team's appearance, presumably to keep viewers engaged for longer.

    I'm intrigued to see the varying reactions, from "Get over it, it's just editing" to "The media are manipulating us again".

    In my experience this sort of thing is reasonably routine and usually ...
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  5. Adobe CS4 Preview

    In a nutshell, CS4 highlights include:

    Premiere Pro: Native AVCHD support! Woohoo! Also "speech search" which allows you to transcribe audio and search for words in the video. Reports on how well this works vary - don't expect too much.

    After Effects: Photoshop 3D layer import. New "Mocha" tracking application.

    Encore: Firewire output for monitoring. Pop-up menu for Blu-ray support. Enhanced Flash output (automatically make a Flash version of a DVD). ...
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