Games on JTV and Evolution

Housekeeping: It was brought to my attention (again) that the blog is just too large — that it takes far too long to load the page with all the huge .jpgs, so I have decided to use thumbnails and I am attempting to use the “more” feature as well. What should happen is after the first paragraph a “Continue Reading” link will take you to the rest of the article. I’m hoping this works. And … if you click on an image you’ll get the larger, easier to see photo.
Last night we made Rao’s smooth marinara sauce and pasta with sausage and a wonderful tomato and olive salad
I tuned in during late afternoon today and noticed that the top 2 channels were broadcasting soccer matches and the total live viewers combined equaled 20% of the total viewers across the network.
I am not sure if this is the wave of the JTV future, but it continues to make me wonder. How do these channels rebroadcast these shows. Is it permitted? There are channels that broadcast television series on other nights and no one seems to have a problem with it. I talked about it during the night of the Superbowl. I was confused as to why someone would want to watch live streaming video of a live sports show with terrible resolution and at times choppy sound?
It just doesn’t make sense to me. Why would someone watch a television drama on their computer whenthey could turn on the TV and watch? There may be very logical answers. Someone is at work and does not have television access. Someone lives overseas and does not have the opportunity to watch the Superbowl live, but rather has to wait until the next morning to see it in rerun or like in th case of the Philippines, those of us that were interested in Sunday or Monday night football could watch live with Japanese color and play-by-play.
For some that was good enough, but for real fanatics they wanted their US broadcast as it was happening and at the time there was no such thing as Slingbox so they were out of luck. With JTV they could have had at least the Superbowl delivered via this medium and have been happy, no matter the quality.

Tonight we made Panko and Coconut Shrimp, Soba Noodles with Dashi Broth and Stir Fried Broccoli
So this got me to thinking about how far we’ve evolved in just my lifetime. It was accentuated during the broadcast tonight when some younger viewers were in the room using terms most of us were unfamiliar with — Sketch and Dank to name a couple. Those two words have very familiar definitions, but apparently not the definitions I am familiar with.
After referring to I found that the definitions that were given to us in the chat room were not quite on the mark. Sketch seems to have about the same meaning as I thought — I use the termSketchy and I use it to describe people or things of a dubious nature which is basically how the Urban Dictionary defines the word.
It’s the way it’s used in a sentence — grammatically — that seems to differ. Dank is not close at all to the way they defined it. It’s apparently a term to describe potent weed/marijuana. That is not what our language tutors described to us tonight.
Nevertheless, it just shows me that things are changing. We saw it when I was a kid. The beatnik lexicon took root and words like Cool and Daddio became common, everyday household words. Words we came to expect and some of which we still use today, even if some of it is spelled differently — kewl = cool.
I’ve learned new terms during my 11 month tenure at JTV, like holla and hella and I have caught myself almost using them on more than one occasion out in the real world, but luckily I caught myself before the the words had a chance to escape!I was thinking about it just the other day as a matter of fact, and I have come to the conclusion that this is all just a part of the natural course of evolution. Things change, we move on and we take the new stuff with us and over time it becomes part of the woodwork.It all became very apparent when the words Fax and FedEx became verbs.

Superbowl XLll– What More is there to Say?



The Control Room in one of the FOX trucks

So there I was, sitting on the couch, waiting for my osso buco to roast to golden deliciousness and thinking about what to write about while I sat in silence, my plasma TV dark. See, I have no interest in watching football. I know, I’m un-American. I am not one of the huddled masses when it comes to sports. My interest in the game was limited to getting the order I’d taken for Fried Wontons delivered on time for a Super Bowl party it was going to, until just before game time, that is. I decided to check in on JTV and there, in front of my eyes was a FOX icon up on the channel bar. It was not in the #1 spot, but it was just a few away from it. I sauntered on over and walked in and saw a four camera shot from what looked and sounded like the control room at FOX.



I watched as the team in the control room put on television for all the Super Bowl fans that were interested in the behind the scenes activit. I looked up and noticed another Super Bowl icon on the channel bar. This time in the #1 position. When I headed in, the game was just about to kick off, people were “chanting” for the game to come on and most importantly, the feed was horrible. Compared to the backstage channel, it was a miserable broadcast. I’m not sure why anyone would want to watch this broadcast? Audio was good, but video was miserable. It’s not like the commercials were suppressed for those that thought they could watch the game on JTV without. And why wouldn’t you want the commercials? Isn’t that one of the big draws? 🙂 Ok, maybe there actually are people that want to see sweaty men running up and down a field chasing a ball. I don’t know.

Whatever it was, I had the feeling it wasn’t an NFL sanctioned broadcast.


Meanwhile, back in the control room, the team was busy at work. They were looking for celebrities in the stands and calling out box numbers for the people behind the cameras to use to find shots of people that viewers would find interesting — John Travolta, Gizelle, Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson, Jim Carey and more. We’d hear them directing the shots and moments later the person would appear on my television screen.


Yikes! Time to go back to the drawing board on the blog post? Naaah..



Clearly, GeorgeW likes playing with his colleagues 🙂


GeorgeW, the FOX employee that seemed to be the JTV channel owner stayed on for a few minutes after the game and said that he launched the channel to give friends and family a chance to see him at work and at the end of the game he said that without football to broadcast, it looks like all that is left is Super Tuesday. I am all in for that!

Oh wait! On FOX? Naaah, I think I’ll skip it. 😉