Virtual Hilarity Streaming Personalized Comedy Charles Sebens, Francisco Saldana and Matthew Archie
A Fusion of Web 2.0 Ideas Applied to COMEDY!
Agenda • Comedians • Gathering Content • Comedian Profiles • Users • Custom Recommendations • Community Viewing • Viewing Modes • Profitability • Conclusion
Why Will Comedians Post Their Material For Free? • Connect with fans • Sell tickets to shows • Test out new material
Grassroots Movement • Send representatives to comedy clubs • Win-win situation • Start in a single city with local comedians • Build a database of users and videos • Then go national!
Comedian Profiles • Links to their best videos • Blogs by the comedians • Comedian-audience communication • Notifications about tours and shows
Playlist Selection • Users rate videos while viewing • Create a database of user ratings • Based on your ratings, determines which other users in the database have similar tastes • Presents content other users with your taste liked
Community Viewing • Recreating the comedy club experience • Allow users to stream a video simultaneously in groups • Groups created based on similarity in taste • User profiles • Avatar chatting
Waiting Room As groups form users may have to wait • Jokes • Fun Facts • Statistics • Tips on usage Waiting… The Candidates as Trains
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Viewing Modes • Audience mode • Community viewing • Full screen mode • Distraction-free • Compact mode • Allows multitasking
Technology • Open-Source: Building on the commons • MySQL • Python • AJAX • FLV Content • Proprietary • Adobe Flash Media Streaming Server • Adobe Flash Player • ActionScript Language
Profitability • Sell tickets to comedy shows • On commission • Based on preferences • Advertising Comedy • Linking to DVDs/CDs of comedians being viewed