Archive for the ‘Podcasts’ Category

7th Son Book 3

July 11, 2007


Be sure to subscribe to the 3rd book of the popular podcast novel by J.C. Hutchins, 7th Son. The story, which would make a brilliant movie, centers around the lives of 7 human clones that need to stop the villain of all villains from destroying the world. The podcast which is read and produced by the author is as good as any professional audio book out there.

From the 7th Son Site:

7th Son is a free serialized audiobook. It chronicles the story of seven strangers who have been brought together after the recent assassination of the U.S. president. These men quickly discover they all appear to be the same man … with identical childhood memories.

Unwitting participants in a human cloning experiment, these “John Michael Smiths” have been assembled to catch the man who murdered the president. Their target? The man they were cloned from; the original John Michael Smith, code-named John Alpha.

If you’ve not been a fan from the start of book 1, J.C. has posted a story-so-far podcast that allows you to catch up.

This is great entertainment, and the best part is that its free.



Multichoice’s Future Plans

June 21, 2007

Today, in an article on ITWeb, Multichoice‘s CEO spoke about the companies future plans to compete in the South African television market.

The introduction of mobile TV, IPTV and VOD forms part of the broadcasters key strategy of new platform development and delivery channels.

New offerings from the company will include:

  1. DSTV Mobile – Mobile TV via DVB-H to mobile devices
  2. DSTV Broadband – VHS quality content via the DSTV website. The ability to view or download content that has appeared on the DSTV channels.
  3. DSTV Extra – Video on Demand (VOD). Content automatically downloaded to the PVR decoder unlocked for a fee to be viewed at any time. Expected end of 2007.

About 18 months ago, whilst working for Multichoice, I pitched the concept of PVR Podcasting to the Exco. I produced the following video explaining the concept.

The idea was to simply allow for user generated content such as Podcasts to be automatically downloaded to a PVR decoder. Users would subscribe to community produced shows and have them streamed to their decoders via satellite. Imagine submitting a home made movie featuring your new house and then having all your friends and family view it on their decoders right in their living rooms. No need for a computer, a slow internet connection, downloads, live streaming etc.

Here is the video.

Podcast Novel makes it to the big time

May 31, 2007

From Publishers Weekly:

Scott Sigler’s forthcoming thriller, Infested, has been selected as the next book-to-film project for Random House Films. The spring 2008-slated Crown novel, which is the first in what’s expected to be at least a two-book series, will be brought to the screen in partnership with Rogue Pictures (a sister company to the studio aligned with RH Films, Focus Features).

For you Sigler fans, Infested is Scott’s hit podcast novel called Infection. You can subscribe to the free novel via any podcast catcher with the following RSS feed:

Infection is a great story and well worth the download. It will keep you glued to your MP3 player for hours!


What, no more TWIT?

October 1, 2006

Leo Laporte has hinted on the site that This Week in Tech might be coming to an end due to lack of interest.

This from his blog entry:

“I’ll decide what happens to TWiT, the show, when I come back, but at this point it looks like it’s on life support and the heart monitor is flatlining.”


Some great FREE entertainment

August 1, 2006

If you looking for some really great free entertainment, look no further than the following podcast novels by two extremely talented authors. Not only have they written the books, but they have also made them into extremely professional podcasts. Podcast episodes, each being about 30 – 45 minutes in length, are released on a weekly basis. Lucky for you, the novels listed below have all their episodes available for immediate download.

  • 7th Son: Book One – Descent (Link) – My Rating: 9/10Three weeks ago, the U.S. president was murdered by a four-year-old boy.Today, seven men stare at each other in a locked conference room. Kidnapped and brought to this underground facility, the strangers are sitting in silence, thunderstruck. Despite minor physical differences, they all appear to be the same man, with the same name … and the same childhood memories.

    Unwitting participants in a secret human cloning experiment, these seven “John Michael Smiths” have been gathered by their creators for one reason — to capture the mastermind behind the president’s assassination.

    Their target? The man they were cloned from; the original John Michael Smith, code-named John Alpha.

    Soon our heroes — John, Jack, Michael, Kilroy2.0 and the others — realize the president’s murder was merely a prologue to Alpha’s plans. As the mystery deepens and the implications of Alpha’s scheme are slowly revealed, the clones decide to stand against John Alpha. The outcome will unearth a conspiracy larger than they could have ever imagined.

    Descent is the first novel in J.C. Hutchins’ 7th Son thriller trilogy.

  • Ancestor (Link) – My Rating: 9/10Scientists struggle to solve the problem of xenotransplantation — using animal tissue to replace failing human organs. Funded by the biotech firm Genada, Dr. Claus Rhumkorrf seeks to recreate the ancestor of all mammals. By getting back to the root of our creation, Rhumkorrf hopes to create an animal with human internal organs. Rhumkorrf discovers the ancestor, but it is not the small, harmless creature he envisions. His genius gives birth to a fast-growing evil that nature eradicated 250 million years ago — an evil now on the loose, and very, very hungry.
  • My Rating: 8/10 Perry Dawsey has a family history of violence, and madness, a destiny he has spent his whole life trying to avoid. When he wakes one morning to find seven strange rashes on his body, it’s the beginning of the end for his self-control. That’s bad enough for a regular person, but when you’re a 6-foot-5, 250-pound ex-University of Michigan linebacker, psychotic paranoia can be a bit of a problem.

The Ricky Gervais Show, first pay-per-listen podcast?

February 1, 2006

The very popular Ricky Gervais podcast is to start selling season 2 episodes for $1.95 or $6.95 for the entire season. The first season, which is freely available via iTunes, is currently comming to an end with episode 11 of 12 being released this week. Season 2 of the podcast will be sold via I only really got into the show from about episode 7 and now will not miss an episode. Be sure to check out one of the best podcasts around!link