chat rooms—multiple, different chat rooms that
exist separate from the video. There’ll be forums
for people to participate in. Then there’s a live
streaming player that allows for chat along
with the video, similar in style to Twitch, but
some other levels of interactivity that allow
the audience to become part of the shows.
This is the first time that we opened it up
to testing with a larger public audience. Understanding how that technology works across
different platforms and players is a bit of an effort. Everybody has different setups, different
updates to their browsers. Microsoft threw us
for a little bit of a loop with launching new versions of Windows that we had to make sure we
caught up with. Firefox put out a new version
of their browser. These are just the things that
we have to make sure that we have all cleaned
up before we open it up to the public.
Streaming Media: It looks like you have a couple of dozen shows that are either in production now or soon will be.
Adam Rymer: That’s right. We’ve got a new slate
of programming. There are a couple of prior
shows that we’ve had on the channels in the
past, like Table Top, which will be available in-
side of Alpha. Then we’re launching a whole
new series of new programming, because his-
torically there hasn’t been a place to put real
live streaming longer-form content. At least not
one that you can monetize in a way that makes
it reasonable to produce those shows.
Streaming Media: Do all of those shows come
from your three main properties [Nerdist, Geek
& Sundry, and Smart Girls]?
Adam Rymer: They are all coming from Nerdist
and Geek & Sundry. That’s where we’re starting, and then eventually, we’ll expand to potentially other channels or other types of content that aren’t driven entirely by Nerdist and
Geek & Sundry. Once people understand what
the platform can do and the technology, we’re
looking forward to working with some outside
producers, outside creatives, that might have
ideas of how to use it. Until people can see it and
understand some of the technology and features that are there, it’s hard to get creatives’
brains flowing on it.
All of Alpha’s content
at launch comes from
Nerdist and Geek &
Sundry, though Rymer
says content from other
channels will follow.