If you only know us for our reviews or editorials, you’re missing out on a large piece of our website. Widescreen Warrior.com was founded because of our podcast. With nearly 200 episodes of the show under our belt, we needed a new home for the show after leaving our previous home at Cinema Blend. Thus, this site was born: a new place for us to talk about movies.
For a while the podcast was the most popular part of the site and we worked hard to innovate some new things for the show. In our two years here we’ve adjusted our format, created a portion of the show devoted to an artist of the month (which now listeners can sponsor their choice of an artist for a month), and even changed co-hosts (and changed back). My favorite of the changes is that we broadcast the show live on Sundays at 4pm (Eastern). Although our live audience remains small, it’s nice to have the interactive element of it, correcting us when we’re wrong, suggesting items to talk about, and generally keeping our hour from feeling like three people shut in a room just geeking out over film.
Recently our live audience has commented on the interruptive nature of commercials in our live broadcast. It’s not something we were aware of and it’s definitely something we aren’t happy about. Although I’ve toyed with the idea of selling advertising on the podcast in the past, I would rather they be our commercials – ones we build the show around. Instead we’re being interrupted by Ustream’s commercials, which interrupt the feed for our live audience without warning. Unfortunately, Ustream has the right to run those commercials – we’re using their free service to broadcast. It’s their bandwidth. They do make an option available to remove commercials – $99 a month for broadcasters. It just isn’t something we have the funds for, and frankly I could come up with a much better way to spend a hundred dollars each month if we did.
So: starting this week, we’re toying around with a new service. The Live Broadcast page has been moved over to Justin.TV embeds for chat and broadcast feed. Listeners don’t have to do anything, but I thought I’d let people know about the change. I’ll change over the embedded panel that appears at the bottom of each page as soon as we have content saved on Justin.TV. I’m hoping this will be a one-time change. If you tune in on Sundays and have problems with this new provider, I hope you will let me know so I can seek another solution. If you don’t regularly tune in, please join us Sundays at 4pm as the Widescreen Warrior.com team sits down to talk about new releases, artist of the month movies, and other developments in entertainment news.