[vcf-midatlantic] VCF East 2021 Pay Per View Recommendations

Brian Marstella brian at marstella.net
Wed Sep 22 15:33:57 UTC 2021

One reason I don't attend is the cost for travel, etc. I don't have a lot
of disposable income at this point and would like to see the cost kept to a
reasonable amount. I realize that "reasonable" might be different for each
person, I just can't afford to spend $50 or $100 on PPV. That said, I don't
know what price point/monetization target the organizers have in mind and
I'm just putting those numbers out there as an example. I've really enjoyed
the content over the years from several of the vintage computer festivals
and conferences and would prefer to see the price kept low enough that a
wide audience can still engage with the content. I appreciate the amount of
work that everyone puts into these festivals and realize that there is
definitely a cost associated with recording the sessions. Personally, I
find the quality of the productions to be generally pretty good given that
you're not going to hire a professional videographer for a relatively small
venue geared towards hobbyists.

Best, Brian.

On Wed, Sep 22, 2021 at 9:56 AM Andrew Diller via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> No ruffles, comments are always needed and appreciated. I wanted to assure
> you and everyone on this list that there has been a lot of planning in this
> space, we are not just jumping into this today. We are asking the list
> today for PPV/Streaming suggestions (in terms of who would use it) as we
> want to monetize any live streams produced this year.
> -andy
> > On Sep 22, 2021, at 9:32 AM, RETRO Innovations <go4retro at go4retro.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > On 9/22/2021 7:51 AM, Andrew Diller wrote:
> >> I can assure you there have been preparations in this area for months.
> I'm not sure you were in attendance for those meetings as you didn't
> volunteer, so you probably have not been in the loop.
> > I don't live in the general vicinity of the group, (Iowa), so no, I've
> not been in the loop. I was just responding to the post as it was sent via
> the public list.
> >>
> >> So please, you can always ask the organizers before you assume "short
> notice" and comments about the quality!
> >
> > I know Jeff just asked for recommendations on vendors to consider to
> offer the service, and so all of my comments are somewhat tangential.
> >
> > That said, a number of the responses seem overly defensive given the
> spirit in which I offered up the note of caution.  I'm not on the advisory
> committee, board, any leadership position in the group. I do feel it
> important to participate in the group discussions and provide input as
> someone who is distant from the event, and I attend the event when
> possible, which is my reason for list subscription.
> >
> > I have no horse in this race.  The potential concerns I raised will not
> affect me if they come to pass. Except for the possibility of getting
> access to the live feeds while I attend in person, I'm not sure I am
> affected in any way by this effort. And, I align with the concept in
> general, so I have no philosophical issues with the idea.
> >
> > And, as noted, Jeff didn't really ask a question about the desirability
> of PPV live feeds, so I perhaps should expect a worthy defense.  But, it
> does temper my willingness to provide alternate perspectives.
> >
> > I mean no disrespect to the valiant volunteers who produce the show and
> the live and recorded material. As someone helping to produce similar
> material in the Midwest, I apologize for ruffling feathers. I can do no
> better in the areas I mention, which is why I hesitated to surface them.
> >
> > Jim
> >

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