Good news for those who obsessively sit at their computers watching other people live their lives for nine weeks: the Big Brother feeds and player have been upgraded, allowing multiple streams to be monitored while watching what a single camera captures. Real Networks, which offers and charges for the live feeds, is also offering a replay feature called Flashback that allows you to go back and watch any part –at least the parts the producers don’t turn off or censor.
On Real’s Big Brother page, the service says its new player allows you to “Watch in Quad Cam or single view. Even when you switch, previews continuously run.” Images of that feature show video from four real-time feeds running along the bottom of the player while full-sized video from one of them is shown above.
RealNetworks calls Flashback “instant access to any moment you missed during the live video feeds.” Flashback seems like Real’s answer to YouTube, which for the past few seasons has offered a nearly-instant archive of footage from the live feeds, both the mundane and the damning.
Real will also be offering some kind of “Big Brother Talk Show,” which will undoubtedly fill the gaping chasm left by the tragic cancellation of Housecalls.
Right now, Real is offering the feeds for $29.99 for three months (even though the show is just nine weeks long this year, like last year), instead of the normal $39.99; both come with a three-day free trial so you can first see how exciting it is to watch people sleep.