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OMGOSS!P Recap

Last night marked TalkCenterAmerica’s fourth week in a row of using the Video Call Center’s Caller Queue technology. An infinite number of callers enter the queue to watch the live stream and await their chance to be on TV. The producer, who can see the Callers’ name, topic and location, decides who to send to a call computer for the chance to be approved or denied air time. 

OMGOSS!P (presented by TalkCenterAmerica) filtered through fourteen callers in a thirty minute show last night. Callers who were not suitable for the show (either due to content or presentation) were passed over to make room for callers who brought more “wow” factor to the broadcast.

Among OMGOSS!P’s guests last night were LGBT powerhouses TS Madison & Shauna Brooks and actor JustinRayne. The celebrities and OMGOSS!P regulars weighed in on the most scandalous trending topics, such as: Chris Brown’s most recent arrest; Rihanna, Britney Spears & Beyonce at the VMA’s; Logo’s Gay Bachelor & more! 

 

Disclaimer: Guests of OMGOSS!P are not limited to the human species. TalkCenterAmerica prides itself on taxonomic diversity.

To watch the full episode, head over to OMGOSSIP.TV

Taking Back Social TV

Taking Back Social TV

The term “Social TV” has been around for years.   According to Google “Social TV refers to technologies surrounding television that promote communication and social interaction related to program content.”  Wikipedia states, “Social television is the union of television and social media”.

In reality, it’s a term that has been misused, mishandled and misapplied. I think that it is time the industry got its collective hands around what exactly Social TV is.   But first, we need to acknowledge it’s troubled history, which according to Wikipedia includes such offerings as:

  • Having a host or celebrity in an “Orange (or other color) Room” tell you what is trending on Twitter right now.
  • Voting for the performer you like via text on American Idol
  • Showing a Facebook page showing what people “like” at the moment.
  • A side-bar showing moderated live tweets on the air

For the most part, it seems social TV has come to be defined as little more than a connection between what people are watching and what they “like” on Facebook, Tweet on Twitter or apply a hashtag to . This most interactive this iteration of social TV gets is when a program uses a graphic to display social media posts in real-time. In reality, that’s hardly an advance over the decade or older practice of airing text messages alongside music videos.

Is that what today’s audience, who live in a world that is actually social, want?

None of those are social. They are commentary, perhaps even falling into the category of social reporting.  That is not Social Television.   The only companies profiting (or getting promoted) in those scenarios are social media platforms, not the content providers producing the shows.

Maybe we can help make sense of this? According to Merriam-Webster, social is defined as “relating to or involving activities in which people spend time talking to each other or doing enjoyable things with each other.” With that in mind, I would propose that:

  • Social TV happens when thousands of people are interacting directly, in real-time, with the player of a live video game on Twitch.
  • Social TV is also what happens when fans appear on screen and actually engage in conversation with sports commentators and players, such as what we saw last year at KUSA.
  • And, Social TV happens when celebrities, an engaging host, and enthusiastic gossipers gather via Skype, Facebook Live, Google, Gruveo, from wherever they are, using whatever device is handy, to discuss fashion, relationships, and behind the scenes drama.

It’s time to stop abusing Social TV. It has a real meaning and is only now becoming a reality.

 

Weekend Gossip Recap

This weekend in Gossip news:

  • Mariah Carey denies ever throwing shade a former co-host Nicki Minaj– do you buy it?
  • Britney makes a come back with a killer prank on Jimmy Kimmel and a topless pic?!
  • A new rumor emerges– are Blake and Gwen getting married? 
  • Ariana Grande takes down the house at ABC’s Greatest Hits with her powerhouse tribute to Whitney. Watch it here.

All this and more on this week’s OMGOSS!P. 

As always, tune in to OMGossip.tv @ 9PM EDT to find out which of these stories make the cut and which are knocked aside by more breaking gossip. Follow @OMGossipTCA to stay in the gossip-loop between shows and to vote! Which stories should we cover this week?

To be on the show, visit CallOMGossip.com when we are live! To pre-book yourself in advance, click here.

OMGOSS!P Live @ 9PM Wednesday 08.10.2016

Weekend Gossip Teaser

This weekend in celebrity news:

Khloe Kardashian gets slammed for being too skinny. Are people being unnecessarily harsh because Khloe’s trademark is being a thick woman, or she really just too thin?

Caitlyn Jenner is spotted with a mystery man. Is she finally dating!?

The Beehive is being accused of hacking Becky with the good hair‘s google and iCloud account. Did they do it? LAPD are investigating. 

In Taylor Swift news, Brittney Spears sends some serious shade when she says in an interview that she’s “never met Taylor before”, totally ignoring the photographic evidence of the pair meeting in 2008 at the VMA’s. Whoops. Sounds like Brittney Spears has the same memory as Mariah, who also casually forgets meeting other powerhouses (J-Lo, who?). 

Lea Michele poses nude to declare her self love and acceptance to the world. Lea, who hasn’t had the easiest run these past couple of years after the tragic death of her longterm boyfriend, looks great and sounds great. Keep it up, Lea.  

As always, tune in to OMGossip.tv @ 9PM EDT to find out which of these stories make the cut and which are knocked aside by more breaking gossip. Follow @OMGossipTCA to stay in the gossip-loop between shows and to vote! Which stories should we cover this week?

To be on the show, pre-book yourself here OR Skype TalkCenterAmerica or FaceTime TalkCenterAmerica@gmail.com when we are live to join in the conversation!

OMGOSS!P Live @ 9PM Wednesday 08.03.2016

OMGossip Weekly Recap

This week on OMGOSS!P we were joined by the hilarious and beautiful Nicole Arbour. Between Nicole’s fans, and Sky from Black Ink Crew’s fans, our call lines were blowing up!

We dove into the secrets behind Rob Kardashian’s sudden deletion of his Instagram, we dished on Demi Lovato’s new romance with Odell Beckham Jr and got a sneak peek into a plastic surgeon’s office, where a certain someone was waiting for a procedure!

Catch the highlights in our recap below, and visit OMGossip.tv to watch the full episode. 

OMGoss!p Live @9PM EDT every Wednesday

Big Things are Happening (as things get smaller)

I should go on business trips more often!   While I was attending the recent SEAT conference (see other blog), the ace tech team at The VCC was busy making things smaller (and we know that good things come in small packages).  

A few weeks ago I told you that we were successful in reducing almost a full rack of equipment from our systems by converting to digital audio.   I’m thrilled to report that while I was away, the team was hard at work with virtualization.  We have now enabled our software to run on our hypervisor, or virtual environment, which is just 1 rack unit (1.75″) high – also reducing almost a full rack.   We still have significant testing to do, but this is extremely valuable in that it reduces the second largest portion (after audio) of our systems.  We are now 2/3 of our way towards our targets in minimum system size, and expect that our customers will appreciate both the rack-savings as well as the flexibility which comes with this approach.

Thanks guys – keep the hits coming!

Larry

OMGossip Sneak Peak 7.25

This weekend in Gossip news:

Jamie Foxx & Katie Holms- is there “non-relationship” officially over?

Katt Williams is back in the news again for charges of battery against a woman. 

Teen mom Farrah Abraham debuts a new… butt?

Calvin Harris and Kim Kardashian are spotted together in Vegas for J-lo’s birthday bash. Be on the lookout, Taylor. 

Lil Wayne goes into a rant at High Times concert and swears he will never be back. He then leaves after performing just three songs. What gives, Weezy? Tell us why you’re mad!

In Pokemon news, two Canadian teens accidentally crossed the the U.S. border while playing Pokemon go! The teens did not realize they crossed the border illegal until they were found by border patrol agents. 

SEAT (Sports & Entertainment Alliance in Technology) Show Recap

You may have seen a recent announcement from The VCC that we’ve formed a strategic alliance with SEAT – sponsoring the recent show, and SEAT will use VCC technology to produce a weekly show for it’s members. Well, Jerry and I just got back from our first ever visit to the Sports & Entertainment Alliance in Technology (SEAT) conference in Las Vegas.   What an event!

 For those not familiar with the conference, it hosts technology and marketing professionals from sports teams and venues from across the US and around the globe.  The show was a venerable “who’s who” of the sports industry.  We met senior tech leaders from professional sports teams, universities and minor league clubs.  We also met folks that run stadiums and venues, some from as far away as Doha or New Zealand (and I thought that my flight was arduous!)

 It’s a very different type of conference for us. There were vendor booths like any other show, but it’s more about networking than foot traffic.  The focus of the show was on building relationships and creating connections.  SEAT was a spectacular opportunity with frequent networking sessions to help expand who we knew in the industry.

The non-television side of the sports business is new for us, but we were very excited that the discussions we had revealed some interesting places where VCC Technology may be extremely useful. Here are just some of the interesting things we discussed:

  • Creation of web programming to support team’s sales and marketing efforts – lower cost live content enabling both fans and experts to join in conversation about the teams.
  • Premium Tier:  We discovered that several Teams offer premium dinners or meetings with star athletes or managers to entice their high-roller customers.   This premium can now be added more frequently, or enabled for mid-level tiers by connecting fans with a weekly or monthly chat, enabling fans to have an exclusive discussion with their heroes.
  • Press conferences:  Frequently, teams holding press conferences, tours or large meetings and need to bring athletes, trainers and participants into the conversation while they are on the road.  The VCC Technology assists by permitting multiple attendees using whatever app they have, keeping editorial control of the session and without that nasty audio echo that goes with many conference systems.
  • Access to experts and statisticians for fantasy players in premium programs just for them.
  • League and business meetings streamed live to large audience with restricted access or filtered Q/A sessions

We are very pleased that SEAT recognized the opportunity that the VCC has to offer its members and look forward to further developing these new relationships.

Weekend Gossip Teaser

This Weekend in Gossip News:

Lil Wayne goes into a rant at High Times concert and swears he will never be back. He then leaves after performing just three songs. What gives, Weezy? Tell us why you’re mad!

Jamie Foxx & Katie Holmes- is their “non-relationship” officially over?

Katt Williams is back in the news again for charges of battery against a woman. 

Teen mom Farrah Abraham debuts a new… butt?

Calvin Harris and Kim Kardashian are spotted together in Vegas for J-lo’s birthday bash. Be on the lookout, Taylor. 

 

As always, tune in to OMGossip.tv @ 9PM EDT to find out which of these stories make the cut and which are knocked aside by more breaking gossip. Follow @OMGossipTCA to stay in the gossip-loop between shows and to vote! Which stories should we cover this week?

To be on the show, pre-book yourself here OR Skype TalkCenterAmerica or FaceTime TalkCenterAmerica@gmail.com when we are live to join in the conversation!

OMGoss!p Live @ 9PM Wednesday 7.27.2016

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OMGoss!p Weekly Recap 7.20.16

Last night on OMGoss!p, the people send Taylor Swift to trial for lying to the public and putting Kim and Kanye on blast.

Can she recover from this seemingly fatal blow to her image?

Is she being wrongfully accused?

Are Kim and Kanye really the ones at fault?

Find out what the people think in the video recap below. To watch the full episode, check out OMGossip.tv