John is a longtime technology journalist and author — long enough to remember when the CD-ROM was going to change the media landscape as we know it. He’s written for PC Magazine, CNET, CNBC, and CNN/Money among other media outlets. His favorite lost cause: the New York Mets.
Navigating the world of video file formats can get confusing, even more so when it comes to playing video on different types of devices. Not all videos can play on all types of devices. In fact, there are plenty of smartphones that can’t play FLV videos. Before you even start downloading videos, it’s best to . . .
Two contradictory trends are happening in video. On the one hand, we spend a lot of money and effort making our living rooms seem more like movie theaters — all anchored by a large high-definition television, of course. On the flip side is mobile video, in which we watch movies on screens smaller than old . . .
Surely you know there are plenty of ways to find movie trailers online for upcoming flicks. Did you know the web is also a rich resource for finding and downloading old movie trailers? Given the variety of sites offering classic movie trailers, there’s definitely an appetite for this sort of thing. At first blush, it . . .
Article updated September 30th, 2014 You’re on a trip, you’ve got a laptop or tablet, and you’d like to watch a movie or two. Since you can’t count on access to a reliable (not to mention free) Wi-Fi connection on the plane or at your hotel, streaming is out of the question. Sure, you could . . .
For several years now, the podcast has been a popular form of syndicated media content on the web. While audio podcasts remain the most familiar format, video podcasts are gaining traction. Think of a video podcast as an episodic web TV series that you can subscribe to. You can also download video podcasts, watch them . . .
It’s called “The Last Great Race on Earth.” The annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is a grueling, nearly 1,000-mile trek through Alaska, from Anchorage to Nome. This year’s race, Iditarod XLI, begins March 2, 2013, when a total of 66 mushers — drivers of the dog sleds — and their teams of 16 dogs . . .
Film festivals are no longer bound to movie houses, or any fixed location for that matter. Thanks to the web, attending a film festival takes no more effort than a couple of mouse clicks. Convenience aside, Internet film festivals are also usually more interactive and social than traditional film festivals, as many sites let the . . .
The current movie awards season may be coming to a close, but there’s plenty of excitement to come throughout the year for film lovers. Film festivals seem to take on more importance each year as filmmakers use these events as high-profile premieres of their latest works. Some, like Sundance, are known for launching the careers . . .
The glitz, the glamour, the long speeches, and the overblown musical numbers: Yes, it’s awards season, culminating with the 85th Academy Awards. That means it’s time for you to do a little research to prepare for any Oscar pools you’re participating in ahead of the February 24, 2013 broadcast. A few years ago, the Academy . . .
The Sundance Film Festival is the gold standard of American independent film festivals. Several top-flight directors, including Steven Soderbergh, Quentin Tarantino, and Wes Anderson, first made names for themselves at Sundance. Indie favorites such as Little Miss Sunshine and Napoleon Dynamite premiered at the festival. And last year’s top Sundance award winner, Beasts of the . . .