Last night as I was watching Neil Patrick Harris' new TV show Best Time Ever, I looked on as not just a TV viewer, but as a producer. I'd heard from the folks at NewTek that the show would be using their NewTek Talkshow to provide LIVE high quality Skype content for portions of the show. But the actual details were under lock and key, to be delivered live to the audience.
Last night the show debuted. I liked it. It's hard to describe it. It's a little bit Candid Camera, a littel bit game show, a little bit Pranked, a little bit American Ninja Warrior and a little bit Karaoke, thrown in with a whole lot of Neil Patrick Harris. The guys a great entertainer, and I like the show. So where did the TalkShow come in?
If you watched the show they had a segment where home viewers were selected to participate in karaoke. They had to sing along to the song - Gloria Gaynor's "I will Survive" and sing Karaoke to it then complete the last word of one of the lines. The video brought in from the people's homes was transmitted via SkypeTX using multiple NewTek TalkShows to bring it into the live broadcast. From what I could see they worked flawlessly and the video quality looked pretty damn good. I have no idea if they used cameras or mobile phones to shoot the video. I'm sure NewTek will be posting a detailed story about it in the near future.
About NewTek TalkShow
TalkShow allows you to initiate or receive calls from any video-enabled desktop, laptop, mobile device, conference room, Internet TV or game console running Skype software. You can operate all aspects of a live Skype video call in the control room like any other video source, work free of audio/visual distractions such as secondary call notifications and advertisements.