New! Woodworking TV 24X7 on your PC! www.thewoodworkingchannel.com Maybe
you folks have heard about it already but I thought I'd give you a heads up.
Here's what they say about themselves on the internet:
We want to officially welcome you to the launch of The Woodworking Channel!
After many months of hard work, we're finally ready to share this channel
with you. We want to welcome woodworkers from all over the world to the
world's first 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year network devoted
solely to woodworking. We have already received emails from all over the
world - Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Uruguay, Denmark,
Hungary, Germany, Spain, England, Italy, Japan, and China. I think we have
also heard from every state in the United States as well. (That's six of
the seven continents. Antarctica... where are you?!)
FOR WOODWORKERS, BY WOODWORKERS
This channel is for woodworkers by woodworkers! We want our content to
reflect your interests as much as ours. We have some good ideas, and we
know you will too. That's why we want to hear from you. We encourage you
to take a few weeks, watch when you can, and then send us your thoughts
about what we're doing right on the channel and ways you think we can
improve. We know we can't do it all ourselves and after so many months of
preparation, frankly, our brains are tired. It's time for you to share in
the work -- so write in and tell us what you think! This is your chance to
speak directly to the sponsors and content producers and tell them what you
want to see!
INTERNET TELEVISION -- WHAT'S NEW AND DIFFERENT
In many ways, The Woodworking Channel is just like a conventional television
channel. But, the cool thing about the internet is that we are not limited
by the traditional framework of cable and network TV. For example, we can
create programming that is as long or short as the subject matter needs to
be. We hate instructional and how-to shows that rush through a project just
because they want to get everything in by the end of the half-hour (which is
really only about 22 minutes, in the first place!). That's what's so great
about having a channel on the internet. We're able to focus on the process
rather than the payoff when it comes to new production. Another great thing
about internet television is how quickly we can develop new shows. When we
come across a great idea, we're able to shoot, edit, and get it playing on
the channel immediately. We don't have to wait until next season for a
great idea that comes in today.
THE WOODWORKING CHANNEL -- VERSION 1.0
Now a little bit about this version of the channel -- we consider it a 1.0
or first version. We're already working on version 2.0 with more features,
upgrades, and great woodworking resources. We're looking at pod-casting,
downloadable plans, and ways you can customize your own viewing experience
(and for those who have written in to ask... yes, that means
Video-On-Demand). After you've had a chance to get to know the channel,
please feel free to send us your ideas of features you'd like to see. We
don't have all the answers and we don't want to get too far into development
without your input. To share your ideas, you can click here.
HOW IT WORKS -- THE MECHANICS
The Woodworking Channel follows a schedule like every other TV channel you
have ever seen. We start new shows every half-hour, but unlike conventional
television, we don't have commercials during the shows. Our advertising
comes through sponsorship and flash ads that run next to the viewer. As a
result, we're sometimes left with some down-time at the end of a program.
We'll fill those minutes with other great content and then on the half-hour
we'll start the next show. On occasion, there may be a few seconds when the
screen goes black between shows. Don't worry -- this is part of the process
and a new show is on the way! (By the way -- our goal is to collect video
segments from our viewers and include them between episodes. For more
information on how you can get involved, click here.)
Next to the viewer, you'll find a series of buttons that allow you to
navigate through the features of the channel. These buttons will allow you
to find more out about the shows in our line-up, when these shows will air,
and what sponsors are supporting the channel and making this resource
possible. They're all pretty self explanatory, but we do want to point out a
couple of items.
Schedule -- The Schedule button to the left of the video window will allow
you to search the program listings for the next 7 days. We also have a neat
feature that will synchronize your schedule to the clock settings from your
computer. Woodworking involves enough math already so we wanted to save you
some addition or subtraction with the broadcast times.
Resources -- The Resource button leads you to a directory page that will
grow over time. Here you'll find schools, educational facilities, and
organizations that can help you get started woodworking, build your skills,
or find sources in your area for whatever you need. If you have a suggestion
(know of a great school, guild, woodworking club or materials source, etc.)
please let us know so we can include it in our listings. You can send us
your suggestions by clicking here.
Send Your Video -- In our opinion, the most exciting button is the one
marked "Send Your Video" This is where you'll find out how to be on The
Woodworking Channel yourself. If you have a great shop tip, jig idea, or
hint you've picked up along the way, we encourage you to make a short video
and send it in. Even if you don't have a tip, send us a clip telling us who
you are, what you like to make in your shop, and where you're from. It's
always exciting to hear from woodworkers all over the world and we can't
wait to share your ideas and greetings.
The Player Buttons -- These are the traditional video control buttons below
the viewer. For now the rewind and fast forward buttons are not functional.
We built them in as a feature of the channel for the future. We felt it
would be easier to build them in now rather than later. The up arrow button
allows you to set your connection speed. The channel functions optimally
with a high speed internet connection, but can support dial up connections
in some cases. The "question mark" button will allow you to access the
troubleshooting and help area. If you are having trouble and are not able to
resolve your problem with information on this page please email us a
In the last few months, it's been incredible to hear from all of you new
friends and supporters of this channel. It's amazing to see just how large
and diverse the world's woodworking community is and at the same time learn
how small and similar we all are, as well. It seems there are certain
values and a character we all share. No matter how many miles, cultures,
languages, and countries apart we are, we're always just a phone call, or an
email, or now a tv channel away.
All of us at The Woodworking Channel want to say, "thanks" in advance for
your viewership, encouragement, and support. We really mean it when we say
this is a channel "by woodworkers, for woodworkers", and we can't wait to
hear your thoughts, suggestions, encouragements, and even criticisms. All
of them will help us make a better channel.
Finally, we'd like to encourage you to drop a line to our sponsors and tell
them what you think. If you like what you see, please be sure to tell them
"thanks". It's their support that allows us to bring you the great classic
shows and exciting new programs you're enjoying right now.
That's all for now. We hope you enjoy the channel and we look forward to
hearing from you soon!