Re: Video broadcast of Extro 4

Brian Atkins (
Thu, 17 Jun 1999 21:31:13 -0400

Sounds good, but atoms are old-school. Many of us here have high speed net connections, and in 5 years probably 90% of us will. Make the videos available direct from the ExI web site on demand. Does Real Networks or give any breaks to non-profits?

Jeff Davis wrote:
> Dear Max,
> I know you're busy so I won't engage in a lot of chit chat.
> I went to Extro 3. Couldn't afford the whole cost, but with the help of
> the lovely Natasha, I paid some, and manned the front table in exchange for
> the rest. Among the most enjoyable occasions of my life. I thought then,
> as i do now, that it should have been available to the larger audience
> waiting in front of their tv's for something worth watching--something to
> get excited about. And here you are about to go at it again. But this
> time I'm ahead of the action, able to make my suggestion when something can
> still be done about it.
> Now, I am all but absolutely certain that you've covered this ground
> already. How could it be otherwise? It's so obvious. Yet I have never
> heard, vis a vis tv offerings (though I have no great knowledge of tv
> offerings), nor on the extropians list, of a cable or videotape offering of
> the extro 3, nanotech, transvision, or other conference, of whatever sort.
> (I remember from extro 3 that there were people there taping the entire
> event, so I "know" the materials exist.)
> So I see two or three ways to go here--by the way, I fully expect that the
> recording quality of the extro 3 tapes, and other sub-professionally
> recorded events, and the sound quality, probably don't come close to
> "broadcast" quality, and that post-production clean-up is likely to be both
> expensive and of limited benefit; nevertheless, you have the "finished"
> product there in the can, ready to go. A kind of freebie ready to be turned
> into money,, revenue.--
> 1. Get someone to market Extro 4 for you, on cable and on tape.
> 2. Get someone to market a broad range of conferences, including ours (If
> I maybe so bold as to consider myself one of the family.) as a niche market
> cable/videotape offering,
> or
> 3. Initiate an extropian business enterprise, and do it ourselves. Re this
> last consider: If we are entering "the information age", then being a
> collector and distributor of information should, by definition, be
> economically viable, if not lucrative. The kind of information that comes
> from conferences is--I'll stick my neck out on this on--high quality, but
> not currently considered for broadcast because of--I'm guessing again--low
> demand and sub-broadcast-standard production values. But shortly, when
> access to such materials (full bandwidth video) becomes possible on the
> internet, demand should be higher and production values less of an issue.
> At which time, an inventory of product and an established position in the
> marketplace makes you a player. There are lots of high tech conferences
> out there that the world is hungry for but can't afford to attend. When,
> in short order, the filaments of the net connect to that hunger (if not
> already) you have a happening thing. (Someone might suggest that those who
> would be interested could, as they do now, get their info by reading the
> conference proceedings. But I would suggest that a human narrated
> treatment clearly is richer and greatly broadens the audience.)
> Meanwhile, a cable tv, videotape, and --how could I have overlooked it--
> "Conferences on CD" distribution enterprise seems a ripe extropian
> enterprise.
> I'm willing to help. And I'm here in the Bay Area.
> Anders,
> Is Transvision 99 on tape?
> Best, Jeff Davis
> "Everything's hard till you know how to do it."
> Ray Charles

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