This weekend I was sent a neat package from the cool folks over at Discovery Networks, my source for educational and science programming.
Like many of the care packages I get from Discovery, it was marketing material with DVDs to view in advance of an upcoming broadcast. In this case, this was a promo kit for Life, a new 11-part series narrated by Oprah Winfrey that premieres on March 21.
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I'm psyched to get an advance copy of some of the episodes, but I was particularly impressed with how this particular promo mailing was handled. It was a cool-looking black box, which contained what appeared to be a small black hardcover book in addition to the promo DVDs.When you opened up the "book", it revealed itself to be a multimedia device with an LCD display, control buttons for playing selected video clips from the show and a built-in speaker and disposable integrated battery powering the whole thing. Discovery's intent was for me to get juiced on this program IMMEDIATELY, not for to me wait until I put the DVDs into my Blu-Ray player.
I'm not sure what this disposable player device costs to make -- I estimate probably around $30.00 or less in quantities of 10,000 -- but there's a lot of cool applications for this technology.
For example, this would be an ideal gift for like a "Videocard" or party favor you could give at special events such as anniversaries, high school/college graduations and weddings. You'd have to contract the production out to someone, like the folks at QOOP, who do special photo books from Flickr feeds, but I don't see why this couldn't be done with your own YouTube/Vimeo videos and stuff.
The new Discovery series website for Life can be viewed at http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/life/.
Do you think there's a market for custom "VideoCards" like the Discovery Life promo kit? Talk Back and Let Me Know.