Each week, the infoMania crew strives to put a humorous spin on media trends, routinely using video clips from TV and the Web to illustrate jokes. When the show debuted in 2008, staffers were doing a lot of extra work to track down footage.
"We had a ton of DVRs from our cable provider," recalls Daniel Freed, the show's supervising producer. "DVRs are tough because fast-forwarding and rewinding through them is kind of a nightmare, and really all that you have to go on are visual cues. We also searched for program transcripts in Lexis-Nexis and, hopefully, stuff that came up there had actually been recorded on one of our DVRs." But sometimes it didn't?and, besides that, the process was laborious.
Current and infoMania sought a more efficient, reliable means for capturing and searching TV broadcasts. They found it in a pair of SnapStream appliances.