October 19, 2001
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Fight the browser with .movTV [Quicktime required.]
posted by riffola (16 comments total)
Ack! Can anyone explain WTF this is? I couldn't get past the horrible interface.
posted by phatboy at 12:00 PM on October 19, 2001

From the About box:

"What is MOVTV? We're not sure yet. That is yet to be seen. One thing we do know is that there are no boundaries of what it could be. There's no box, no standard frame. There's no single application that will do it for you. "That doesn't tell me much", you may say, "What good is something if you don't know what it is?". That's a bit harsh, don't you think? We have a pretty good idea of what it could be. And we also know what we're going to do about it.

"Our goal is to show you what we know in order to promote what we don't know."

You know, if they'd said this in 1999, they'd have gotten $47 million in startup money.
posted by lileks at 12:08 PM on October 19, 2001

its a 'horrible' interface - experimental site made out of frameless (and pseudo 3d) quicktime movies instead of html pages

i like it, altough not quite as much as wrong browser :)
posted by sawks at 12:09 PM on October 19, 2001

quicktime required,
u forgot phat bandwidth ADSL required aswell :-)
posted by monkeyJuice at 12:13 PM on October 19, 2001

fight the browser. crash the browser.
bad, naughty, evil browser.
posted by deepdisco at 12:15 PM on October 19, 2001

that's a pretty amazing technology demonstration. That's really all it is at this point. I've messed around with doing that within the quicktime player but they've really taken it to the next level.

I can't wait to see what, if anything, emerges from their monkeying around.
posted by xochi at 12:21 PM on October 19, 2001

posted by Outlawyr at 12:42 PM on October 19, 2001

I remember thinking way back when Real first announced SMIL that someone could build an entire site solely using SMIL if they wanted to, but you still had all of their widgets around your content. QuickTime 5.0 skins have solved that problem, tho' I still wonder why the QuickTime TV partners aren't using more of this...
I think it's beautiful.
posted by teradome at 12:44 PM on October 19, 2001

posted by tomplus2 at 1:11 PM on October 19, 2001

just 'cause you can do it doesn't mean you should.
posted by jaustinspace at 1:13 PM on October 19, 2001

Make it go away. There's no exit button. You have to close everything off from the taskbar if you're using windows.

Plus, I like things that do stuff and that isn't one of them, it still just opens other browser windows whilst sucking on my bandwidth and tugging on my processor.
posted by eyeballkid at 1:22 PM on October 19, 2001

SMIL2 allows for even more of this stuff. By "this stuff", I don't mean clogging of bandwidth and processor power, I mean truly good media immersion.
posted by jragon at 2:40 PM on October 19, 2001

it looked REALLY cool.. but then my whole computer started lagging.. almost a nice concept.. usability-freaks would have heart attacks though...
posted by lotsofno at 3:21 PM on October 19, 2001

just 'cause you can do it doesn't mean you should.

C'mon they aren't making you shop at Amazon thru this interface. You don't find this the slightest bit refreshing that someone is trying to push the boundaries of what can and can't be done?
posted by jasonshellen at 3:46 PM on October 19, 2001

There is a close button, it's a small square on the top left corner. Although I didn't find a close button in the shiny ball one.

As others have suggested this is a just a techonology demonstration.
posted by riffola at 6:48 PM on October 19, 2001

To close a window:

Mac: Command-W
Win: Control-W

...It's just that simple.

(Nice experiments, BTW)
posted by Down10 at 8:49 PM on October 19, 2001

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