Ubiqui.tv is a prototype online video travel guide for the Boxee platform. Ubiqui.tv was created by Joel Leimer, Oskar Von Hauske, Timothy Haynes, and myself as our group project for the ITP class Designing The Future of Television with Richard Ting.
Week 1 of Designing the Future of TV at ITP:
1. Blog an example of an inspirational example of TV Placeshifting/Timeshifting
2. What is one future TV feature you would love to have right now. Why?
Here’s a TV placeshifting story: I remember summer of 2008, I was on a JetBlue flight from NYC to Phoenix. The Beijing Olympics were in full swing, and it seemed like everyone on the plane was watching the Games on their individual seat-back monitors. When Michael Phelps won yet another gold metal mid-flight, the airplane erupted in cheers and applause. All this in an airplane cabin 30,000 feet over some fly-over state cornfield. TV, it’s not just for the living room anymore.
There are a lot of future TV features that I would love to have, such as an easy way of notating TV, to easily add subtitles, “draw” over a video like in Photoshop, or to add my own commentary track. I would love to also be easily make mashups of TV programs from within the same program I use to view video, without the hassle of DRM or copyright restrictions. I would also love to be easily able to make a “mixtape” of video and TV and to be able to share it with friends, or to time/placeshift it for future viewing. I guess I can do it now, but I have to rip the video if it isn’t downloadable, then I have to put everything in iMovie or Final Cut or something, then re-export it. I want to be able to remix and mash up video in the same platform or application I use to watch it.