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SnapStream Gets an Awesome Shout-Out on The Roula & Ryan Show on 104.1 KRBE

Friday, June 20th, 2014

HOUSTON, TX — On Tuesday, June 17, the hosts of morning radio show  “The Roula and Ryan Show,” on 104.1 KRBE, started up a fun conversation about late night TV. You see, the night before, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” aired its newest rap remix featuring NBC News anchor Brian Williams.

If you haven’t seen it yet, you seriously need to watch Brian Williams rap “Baby Got Back,” which has racked up more than 3.8 million views on YouTube and counting. All of these Brian Williams raps have gone extremely viral, because they’re just plain hilarious, with “Rapper’s Delight” topping them all with 11.9 million views. Whoa baby.

So, back to the radio show: SnapStream was surprisingly brought up in this context and we thought, “Cool, they’re talking about us on the radio!” Our TV search and clipping technology is known as “the secret weapon” to creating satirical clip montages at “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “The Soup,” and “The Colbert Report.”

While “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” is not a SnapStream customer (yet), they totally should be! They could crank out these Brian Williams raps at a furious pace if they were using our ridiculously fast TV search. Just sayin’.

Take a listen! (SnapStream’s mentioned around 2:15 in the clip.)

And thanks again to the team at “The Roula and Ryan Show” for the amazing shout-out on the air, in our shared hometown of Houston!

See new SnapStream 6.0 at Content & Communications World

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Next week, we’re heading to the Big Apple to showcase our TV monitoring technology at Content and Communications World (CCW). Many broadcast folks refer to this hallmark event as the NAB of the East Coast. Since NAB in April, SnapStream’s engineers have been diligently working to launch SnapStream 6.0 and tons of new capabilities.

Whether you’re a current user or considering SnapStream for the first time, you’ll find that everything in the new version helps to enrich your production workflow for recording, searching, clipping and repurposing TV content.

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Monitoring TV channels with PEG Funds

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Recently, I attended the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers (TAMIO) conference in College Station, TX. There was one session that really grabbed my attention, it was the session amazingly named: “Better than beer money! 101 ways to spend your PEG funds.” Based on the reaction and conversation that I heard regarding this session, I knew that this was one that I definitely wanted to attend!

What are PEG Funds?

PEG funds are simply funds that are provided to a local government to help support their public access channel(s). These funds can be easily applied to capital expenditures for the channel, for items such as cameras, lights, audio equipment and so forth. The main stipulation for the use of the funds is that they have to be used for broadcasting and running the channel. So, what other projects could these funds be used for? SnapStream?

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Re-purposing TV content in today’s clip culture

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Because TV is our world, we are very excited to exhibit at Content and Communications World, November 14 – 15, at booth #856.

SnapStream enables TV show creatives to easily search TV and incorporate TV clips into their programs. Shows like The Soup, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report all tap into SnapStream’s endless supply of up-to-the-minute pop culture and news clips.

This is the time we live in: the “clip culture.”

Video clips are suddenly everywhere. They have jumped from the Internet and splattered all over TV. Talk shows, entertainment/comedy shows and even hard-hitting news programs have all added TV clips into the mix of writing and production.

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News Parody Lights Up TV in Europe, the Middle East and Asia

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Before I began researching the news comedy programs outside the U.S., I had no idea what the world had in store. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart has inspired so many TV shows and spin-offs worldwide, that the initial query of “who are they?” evolved into a four-part series. (See posts 1, 2 and 3.) Right on key, the Foreign Policy in Focus recently wrote about the Global Stewarts, too.

We have learned that comedy and politics are tightly integrated, not just at home, but abroad. It’s been good to pop out of our own “cable TV bubble” and to see how the international crowd entertains, from living rooms in South America to Israel. In today’s final batch of shows, you’ll see that every nation’s comedic style reflects the social and political culture of the population. Comedy is how people make sense of, poke holes in, and cope with the critical, and oftentimes trivial, events gripping their daily lives.

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The Daily Show equivalents in South America and Italy

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Following up on yesterday’s post: We’re exploring international TV shows equivalent to The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, in terms of their cultural significance and satirical style. To kick off our trip around the world, let’s take a look at the funniest fake news TV shows of South America and Italy, where everyone loves Tarantino movies and double entendres. As awesome as descriptions are, it’s even more telling to watch the clips!

Caiga Quien Caiga

About: Caiga Quien Caigatranslated to “Whoever May Fall,” is the big front-runner on the world stage, having won an International Emmy for Best Non-Scripted Entertainment in 2010. Also known as CQC, this Argentine TV show is a weekly news mashup that injects current affairs, show business and sports with humor and irony. When you watch the clip featured above, you’ll get the futuristic, rock-concert vibe right away. CQC has also been adapted in Spain, France, Chile, Italy, Brazil, Portugal, and briefly in Israel and the Netherlands. The hosts vary from country to country, but in Argentina, they are Juan di Natale and Guillermo López.

Where: Argentina et al; Canal 13.

First Aired: 1995

Fun Fact: All presenters on the show wear trademark black suits and sunglasses, inspired by Quentin Tarantino’s movie Reservoir Dogs.

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The Worldview of News Satire TV Shows, like The Daily Show

Monday, July 30th, 2012

If you’ve heard of SnapStream‘s TV monitoring technology, you’ve likely heard The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report mentioned in the same breath. While we can’t take credit for Jon Stewart’s acerbic on-air personality or Stephen Colbert’s deadpan delivery, we can say one thing: we are the television search technology behind the news-driven humor.

Yup, our very own closed-captioning search technology is at work on the TV production sets of both of these Emmy-award-winning shows. For this reason, we at SnapStream have a special place in our hearts for the TV genre of news satire, or “fake news.” So, this got us thinking, when did this trend come into vogue? Are there mock newscast shows in other countries? Who are The Daily Show equivalents worldwide? It turns out, The Daily Show‘s international impact is pretty astounding.

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New release! SnapStream 5.5

Friday, April 13th, 2012

SnapStream 5.5

SnapStream 5.5 introduces lots of exciting, new features to the TV Search platform:

  • Workflows help automate the transcodes and bulk moves you do routinely
  • ShowSqueeze Live lets you transcode in-progress TV recordings
  • SmartChapters automatically detect and segment commercials

But we didn’t stop there. We made some notable improvements, too:

  • In addition to Firefox, Mac Web Player now supports Chrome and Safari
  • Clip start and end points are now draggable
  • Encrypted communication between SnapStream and all clients for improved security

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