I’m as interested as ever in realtime and live media, especially web-enabled. I complained a little today on a related subject, with the absence of the macrumorslive site making the Apple event today a little less fun.
I got to thinking about it a little more this evening while watching the Roddick-Federer quarterfinal tennis match at the U.S. Open tonight. The match is one thing — into the third set, and the awesome Roger Federer is powering his way to a win; meanwhile we have the equally awesome Andre Agassi and John McEnroe in the commentator’s booth — but the mismatch between the live website and the “live” TV broadcast is another.
Why? Because USA Networks is seemingly showing the live event with a 10-ish second delay. You can watch the score change on the U.S. Open website, and then see it change on TV in front of you ten seconds later. Too bad there is no obvious way to lay down some bets accordingly, but the web as the true live media is intriguing stuff.
Here, by the way, is a must-watch Charlie Rose episode on Roger Federer. Why “must watch”? Partly because of the subject, but also because of the interview with tennis great Rod Laver. The latter segment was filmed in the television studio I use in San Diego, and I got a chance to meet Laver while there. A lovely man.