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I travelled through Detroit to Toronto on a Greyhound back in 89′. As we began the trip through Canada up the 401, I looked back at Detroit and could see this beautiful green Canadian forest and in the background was this techno silver shining city, it was mesmerising. If you told me then, that a city designed for 2 million people has approximately 800,000 people living there, and that one in five houses are derelict, it would have been unbelievable.

Yet, this is the case in, and faced with such a dark situation, Detroit will rule again. Since amongst the ruins are pockets of people attempting to rejuvenate life back into the city. Let’s hope they do.

Julien Temple’s film, shown on BBC 2 Saturday night, shows how great this city had been in the past, how it in turn influenced the people of the world and how now a new future is beginning to take place that may one day bring Detroit back to life like any other thriving city.

Dropping in Packard by Architeq on the Birds of Prey EP, makes this film/documentary even fresher.

The film is available on iPlayer till 10:14pm 20th March 2010 at :

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00rkm3y/b00rkm3k/Requiem_for_Detroit/

100 Abandoned Houses, photos of courtesy of Kevin Bauman can be found at :

http://www.kevinbauman.com/100abandonedhouses/

Find out more about Julien Temple at : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julien_Temple

Find out more about Films Of Record at : http://www.filmsofrecord.com/index.php

Find out more about Ten Alps Plc at : http://www.tenalps.com/index.php

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Watching television and movies is a major part of my life. Being brought up during the 80’s using Video Recorders I saw at first hand how Betamax lost to VHS in the video rental market. What did happen during that struggle was I developed a need to control what I liked by recording it directly from the television.

Today the Internet allows us we can access television shows that we may have missed online, we can rent or buy movies, we can record shows directly to our PCs and we have the support of the digital controls of Digital Video Recording, like TiVo and Sky+. Not forgetting the various other streaming services like Zatoo and the thorn in every major content providers back side…file sharing.

The other way the Internet has changed what we watch is information surrounding movies, shows and actors, which really is the fuel powering our need to find and experience the shows we want. Television services like the NBC, BBC and Sky don’t tend to team up with companies like IMDB, or their own websites to provide users with some of the missing information. In the same way DVDs don’t have an integrated approach with the Internet. But later this year, that is about to change.

TiVo, the company that showed us why we need a DVR back in 2000 is bringing the Internet to its DVR Guide. So now, when you search for a TV show or movie you can access more content which is being streamed from the Internet which is directly related to your search. That’s definitely a step forward. Now we need a way of sharing what we watch with our friends in a private network on the same interface, now that would save time.

Find out more about TIVo Premiere at :

http://www.tivo.com/products/tivo-premiere/index.html

Some reviews found on the web :

http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/02/dnptivo-premiere-and-premiere-xl-usher-in-a-brand-new-interface/

http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/the_web/article7050684.ece