October 10, 2007

Social MST3K

Filed under: precat — tsladmin @ 3:53 pm

We should be close to a time when I can watch a movie online with my friends who live in different places. For example, if my friends in Florida, Indiana, and I all want to watch All About Eve, we should be able to stream it online and comment on it MST3K-style. Anyone know of an existing service like this?

13 Comments

  1. I don’t know about that, but have you seen Rifftrax? (http://www.rifftrax.com/) It’s basically MST3K, but you just rent a DVD and buy an MP3 of the jokes. It’s even done by some of the MST3K cast!

    Comment by Robert D. — October 10, 2007 @ 5:29 pm

  2. One of the few useful things I’ve ever seen in Second Life was a weekly event where people watched short films together and typed their MST3K-style comments. I don’t know if they still do it or not, but it worked pretty well.

    Comment by MsMolly — October 10, 2007 @ 5:58 pm

  3. I don’t know of anything, but it sounds fun!
    There’s a reason I don’t go to the movies- I like talking through them too much.

    Comment by Karin Dalziel — October 10, 2007 @ 7:28 pm

  4. In one of my nerdier moments, some friends and I used to do this for new episodes of Battlestar Galactica. We’d all log into Xbox Live, put our headsets on, jump into a group chat room, then change the channel to Sci-Fi. We quickly learned that our various cable systems are a few seconds out of whack with each other, but overall it worked pretty well :)

    Comment by Chad — October 10, 2007 @ 8:37 pm

  5. We Talk During Movies:
    http://www.hackingnetflix.com/2007/10/we-talk-during-.html

    Comment by Wade — October 10, 2007 @ 8:45 pm

  6. I don’t know of anything, but it sounds fun!

    Comment by DEBT — October 11, 2007 @ 3:57 am

  7. What about using conferencing software like gotomeeting?

    Comment by Cathy — October 11, 2007 @ 5:54 am

  8. You could combine something like
    http://www.freeconferencecall.com/
    With a VLC unicast :
    http://www.faqs.org/docs/Linux-HOWTO/VideoLAN-HOWTO.html#AEN492
    This would require that someone in the group host the file locally (or at least on a computer running VLC) (and therefore probably compressed a bit) and have a decent broadband connection (even then, obviously there’s limitations.)
    Then have everyone use VoIP to call into the free conference call you set up, and once everyone’s on, have everyone connect to the unicast (set to pause) and then when everybody is all good to go, start the movie.
    The advantage to a unicast is it’s only one source, so everyone is always at the same moment as everyone else in the movie (unlike Chad and his friends dealing with cable delays). And obviously you could just call in with a speakerphone if you’d rather not use VoIP.

    Comment by kthejoker — October 11, 2007 @ 9:03 am

  9. A few years back, there was a group of fans of Joe Bob Briggs and his various TV and cable movie shows — including the TNT Monstervision show — who would gather in an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) room and all watch the same movie at the same time, whilst making snarky comments. Now *that* was fun!
    Also, there’s an MST3K group and weekly screenings in Second Life–
    From http://slexchange.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=90172
    Written by Kenbro Utu:
    If you are an MST3K fan, then you need to get by Squeebee’s Mystery Science Theater at Stargazers, slurl below. We have even recreated the Satellite of Love. I created the spheres on either end. We still have yet to get the doors scripted. The theater is inside one of the spheres, and you can enter from the side right now, or go to the other end and walk through the satellite. Squeebee did the scripting for the player in the theater, and you can pick streams from a list. Newcomers can click the screen to update the stream so all are watching at the same place in the stream.
    http://slurl.com/secondlife/Star%20Gazers/201/47/23

    Comment by Valerie Hawkins — October 11, 2007 @ 10:48 am

  10. Sounds cool, but I just want a basic ability for a Mac user to download a movie from Netflix. Is that asking too much!@!/

    Comment by Rhea — October 11, 2007 @ 10:58 am

  11. We gotta find a way to make this happen!

    Comment by K.G. Schneider — October 11, 2007 @ 6:33 pm

  12. Yes. This must be made to happen. I command it (oops, sorry, channeling Pearl Forrester )
    Could twitter work?

    Comment by Booktender — October 15, 2007 @ 12:37 pm

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