I think what I’m saying is I don’t see AirPlay for video as a threat to the whole “point your remote at the TV and watch what’s there” sort of behavior and I want you to tell me what I’m missing.
Adam’s reply lovingly evokes bygone days of music store record bins and wire racks of VHS tapes for rent.
But to me the promise of AirPlay for video lies elsewhere.
For the first five years of my Movie Clip Party, people brought their clips on VHS, pre-cued to the start of the scenes they wanted to show. I crouched in the back of the room amid stacks of tapes, plugging them into the VCR one after the other, never sure quite what would happen when I pressed Play.
Then for a couple of years DVDs dragged the party to a crawl, as we slogged through unskippable studio logos, federal warnings, and animated menu sequences.
Now of course the whole affair is assembled and edited beforehand, curated in special sequence for maximum impact from clips contributed months in advance.
What excites me about AirPlay is how we’ll be able to use it to recapture some of the spontaneity of our early years, with clip parties edited on-the-fly in noisy, barcamp style, with guests with iPhones and iPods calling out “Me next! Me next!”
I agree with Spiegelman that the AirPlay ecosystem will never supplant the essential “watch what’s there” nature of TEE VEE the world over.
AirPlay is attractive instead to people who relate to their video through repetition and control. Who choose to watch THIS, NOW, without the step of wondering whether it’s even available to view.
And to people like me, who design parties around the impulse to share video socially. Who thrill at the notion of an AirPlay future, in which the friction all but fades away from a passionate, in-person exchange of: “You have got to see this. Check it out.”