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Entertainment Weekly embeds video in print ad

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August 25, 2009

The video player located in the upper right of the ad in the upcoming Entertainment Weekly...

The video player located in the upper right of the ad in the upcoming Entertainment Weekly (Photo: Wired)

The rise of the Internet has seen some pundits label print media as an increasingly obsolete medium whose death is imminent, but U.S. showbiz mag Entertainment Weekly, along with CBS, is attempting to bring magazines into the multimedia age by embedding a video player in a print ad promoting CBS’s fall TV lineup and Pepsi.

Like the novelty greeting cards that play music when opened, the player activates when the page is opened to display video on the small display. The ad is stored on a chip that can hold up to 40 minutes of video and is powered, for some mysterious reason, by a rechargeable battery.

The accompanying audio is apparently quite loud and, since there are no volume controls, any late night bedtime reading could give dozing bedmates a nasty start. The inclusion of the quarter-inch thick screen and accompanying concealed circuit board also adds a bit of bulk to the page and will probably make curling up the magazine to stuff in a bag a no go.

The cost of including the video-enhancement into the magazine hasn’t been revealed, but CBS believes the technology will have much greater potential to capture the attention of readers. It will probably depend on the success of the move as to whether the practice becomes widespread or is simply a short-lived gimmick.

Although the print ad will appear in every copy, the video-enhancement will only appear in certain copies of the 18 September issue of the magazine posted to subscribers in LA and New York.

Source: Wired

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Darren Quick Darren's love of technology started in primary school with a Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong (still functioning) and a Commodore VIC 20 computer (not still functioning). In high school he upgraded to a 286 PC, and he's been following Moore's law ever since. This love of technology continued through a number of university courses and crappy jobs until 2008, when his interests found a home at Gizmag.   All articles by Darren Quick
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