In the world of network television, show producers have millions of dollars at their disposal. As such, they can usually swing some high-tech equipment to make sure that when guests appear on video from some other part of the world, they do so with a high-quality video and audio signal. Oprah, despite her millions (billions?), is forgoing all that in favor of Skype, the free online telephone and video service that she loves ( but, it turns out, many of her viewers hate).
Oprah entered into a marketing agreement with the service earlier this year and, yesterday, devoted an entire episode to it. Beyond that, she seems to use Skype almost daily on her show -- often to host guests and take questions from viewers. But many of those viewers who aren't using the service are complaining on message boards and the like, saying things like "the audio is awful" and "the picture quality is lame."
Do you use Skype?
I'm not sure.
We have to agree: this day and age we expect our programming in HD. Even though Skype does have a HQ (High Quality) feature, you have to have a special Web cam to make it work, and it's not true HD. While we can make do with a little Skype here and there to talk to our family for free, watching it on our 40-inch flat screen is a bit much -- not that we'd ever admit to watching 'Oprah,' of course. [From: CNN]
There's no doubt about it, Oprah loves technology. It seems as though every time we catch her show, Winfrey has another cool gadget in her hand. One thing's for sure: Whatever Oprah likes, Oprah hypes, which means that everything from high-def refrigerators to e-book readers have received a significant boost from the queen of talk's coverage. Here's a round-up of her favorite tech things.
Kindle Lovin' We agree with Oprah that the Amazon Kindle is pretty great, but do we have the power to give the entire world $50 off on the device after calling it our "new favorite, favorite thing in the world?" Nope. But Oprah sure does!
Twitter Gadgets aren't the only tech that Oprah loves. She's recently been on a bit of a social-networking kick. On April 17, Oprah joined Twitter. That day, the site had a 43-percent increase in traffic. Now that's power.