Monique Van Dusseldorp on journalism site Poynter Online writes about how video phones are being used to create interactive, or "Participation TV" in Italy. In much the same way that I mentioned yesterday the San Francisco Radio Station taking on an all-Podcast format, audience members with video phones are invited to join in.
On Telecom Italia's broadband portal, Rosso Alice, the community channel making use of this gained a quick following. The channel includes a 24-hour video chat community, with local heroes broadcasting their own shows, but also offers eight hours of live television per day. In the programs, those with a video phone or webcam can interact with the TV hosts, sing songs, tell jokes, provide cinema reviews, etc. The caller's video image is visible on screen, next to or behind the hosts, who sit in a Flash-produced digital studio.
How long before news media will call in the help of video-phone users as well?
The search for an effective means of interactivity continues...
Poynter Online - E-Media Tidbits
I'm off work next week to get some time away, but when I get back I'll hopefully be attending a seminar run by AFTRS on Interactive TV. I'll be interested to see what's said at that. More details at that time.