August 2, 2009
Tomorrow, ComCast starts broadcasting our videos on Channel 2 in Loudoun, Fairfax, and Prince William Counties. It sounds like we may get some airplay in Stafford County as well. If you’ve come to the site because you saw us on television, PLEASE drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org, and let me know when you saw us, your favorite video, and suggest any bands you’d like us to work with. I’m hoping that we’re a pleasant surprise while folks channel surf through to check out the the Community Service Announcements, local sports, and other local programming.
The Sam Grow Band have sold a lot of CD’s at the beach this summer…I’m headed out to see Sam today, deliver some more CD’s, and check out a musical act that might work for one of our shows next year. Special thanks to Sam’s merch man Tope, and everyone else with the crew that helps him.
The launch party for The Sam Grow Band’s “Live at Goose Creek” album will be on Friday, August 21 at Vera’s Beach Club in Lusby, Maryland. The band goes on at 9:00, and anyone that shows up with a CD in-hand gets a free Goose Creek Season 1 DVD, featuring 3 videos of Sam and the band. We’ll go live in stores and on iTunes on August 25. There’s a cool poster in the CD that’s good for autographs, too…they’ll be signing with silver markers.
Video Players….We’re using You Tube for the home page player at the moment, because it has the best combination of stability and features for our money. Vimeo has all the broadcast features we need, but our fans have reported jerky playback when I’ve tested it. From reading their forums, it looks like it’s some sort of transcoding problem.
Smugmug broadcasts beautifully…the videos look and sound terrific there. Unfortunately Smugmug doesn’t have a multi-video player that can be embedded in our site, and they’ve been having systematic trouble with uploads. I’m hoping they solve both issues soon, because their service is otherwise spectacular. Check out the quality of Smugmug’s broadcasts at https://goosecreekmusic.smugmug.com/. The ability for a small business to webcast at their level of quality is something many of us in the telecommunications business dreamed about years ago when we were building the first few generations of the Internet.
One last thing…please VOTE for our Goose Creek Music videos on YouTube (or Smugmug, or anywhere else you see them) if you like them…we’d love to pop up on search engines and in favorites lists.
Hope you’re having a great summer….