Choosing a Video Cam

Like any other gadget, you need to carefully choose a video cam if you want to get something that is worth your money and your time. Here are some of the considerations you need to have in mind when choosing a video cam.

You need to have an established purpose as to why you want to have a video camera in your home or workplace. This should be well-defined and stated by you whenever you want to buy one and have it installed in your home. A good number of buyers have bought it for security purposes. In places where you are not confident of the safety of your property, it is one way of establishing what goes on in your absence. It is one way of knowing what the people in your home do when you are not around- a spy camera or a nanny cam for your nanny. They have been used for a long time by professionals who observe nature and migration patterns, etc.; employers observe the whereabouts of their employees using cameras installed in their work places. Its one of the best ways of preventing theft since its presence will deter someone with dishonest intentions from doing what he had planned. Those who go ahead to do it will be caught and there will be enough evidence to prosecute them.

Buying a camera for security purposes in your home or workplace will require you to weigh all your available options. For the most basic of features (good recording memory and wireless connectivity) you may not have to part with a lot of money. However, in case you are looking for color footage and other accessories you will have to pay a lot more; several hundred dollars to be exact. Installation of cameras in your home may need the services of a professional, so you need to think about this fee as well.

Those who are on budget may have to work with what they have. The principle of using what you have to get what you do not have works well in this instance. You can spend about $50 or even less to record and spy on every activity that is going on in your home from your mobile phone or even your laptop. The DIY camera is the typical type for use in homes and in business places. It is cheaper and does not come with installation expense. An alternative is buying a webcam and if you already have one on your laptop you can use it to function the same way as a surveillance camera. From there, you can spy on every activity in your home or business from the comfort of wherever you will be. Those who have this software in their phones can record everything from their phones.

Flip Tips – Flip Video Cam 101

The Flip Video camera’s brilliance is in its simplicity. Just click the on switch, point and shoot! To record, press the big red button on the back of the Flip (you can’t miss it!) To stop recording, hit the red button again. It really is that simple!

The interface is basically the same whether you’re using the original, early model Flip Video, the popular Flip Ultra, or the new Flip Mino. Of course, each version has gotten a bit smaller, slicker and a bit more expensive.

As of this writing, the original Flip Video retails for $129.99 (USD), though we’ve seen it as low as $89! The original has 1GB memory and holds 60-minutes of video. The colorful Flip Ultra, in your choice of five, bright colors, has 2GB space and room for 60-minutes of video. The Ultra retails for $149,99 (USD). The newest addition to the Flip family is the Mino, also with 2GB and 60-minutes of video recording time. The Mino runs $179.99, but is smaller and has an internal battery. Earlier models require 2 AA batteries. The new Mino also adds some increased functionality, such as pause, fast-forward and rewind functions for playback.

On all models, after you’re done with your one-touch recording, you “flip” the camera’s USB arm open, plug it into your computer’s USB port, launch the built-in software and you’re ready to share your video! The Record-Connect-Share process is fast and easy.

Once you’ve got your video on your computer, you’ve got options for e-mailing your video, or publishing directly to YouTube, AOL Video, and with the Mino, to MySpace, as well. With the e-mail function, you can send a link to your video, or share a greeting using their private online greeting templates. You can also save and organize your videos to your computer, or as an email attachment.

The Flip’s features even allow you to create your own “movie mix,” by adding music or built-in effects. In addition to the auto-upload to YouTube, you can save your video to upload to other video-sharing websites. You can also organize your videos with the Flip’s video library.

The minimal controls on the Flip keep things simple, too. You can record, playback, or delete your unwanted “takes” with a couple of obvious buttons. There are also controls for zoom (not much) and volume. As mentioned above, the Mino adds pause, fast-forward and rewind options.

All the Flips come with a tiny, but adequate 1.5″ (diagonal) LCD screen, and the video quality and resolution is remarkable for such a low-priced camcorder. The video format output is MPEG-4 AVI, a relatively user-friendly format. Two AA (alkaline) batteries should give you up to 2 hours of continuous use, so bring extras if you’re planning a trip or heavy use. If you opt for the newer Mino, the battery is built-in.

The handy, little Flip cameras weigh just over 5 ounces, and the Mino is a mere 3.3 ounces. The Ultra and the Mino have a tripod mount on the bottom, and all models have a built-in microphone and speaker. The cameras include a TV-out jack so you can connect your Flip to a television. You can also snap still photos from the Flip video.

Editing video on the Flip itself is very limited, but you can change the start and end points of your video. In addition, the “movie maker” function gives you a choice of six movie styles or “effects.”
As for the built-in Flip Video software program, the minimum requirements for Windows are as follows: Intel Pentium 4.2.0 GHz, Windows XP SP2 w/ 512MB of RAM, or Visa w/ 2GB of RAM, and USB port. Requirements for the Mac are: Power PC G4 1.0 GHz or Intel Core, w/ 512MB RAM, OS X Tiger 10.4 or Leopard 10.5, and USB port.

Five Fun Uses for the Flip:

Because of its small size, convenience and use of use, The Flip is perfect for getting video on the fly… Here are 5 ways to use your Flip:

Citizen Journalism – Capture news as it happens, then sell your footage to the TV tabloids for big bucks!
Undersea Adventure – Yes, you can buy a waterproof case for your Flip, and tape your underwater antics!
Ride Along – Take your Flip on tour as you ride your bike, rollerblade or even ski! Just use the handy $15 attachment accessory!
Family Album – The Flip is perfect for taping your kid’s soccer games, baseball playoffs, band concerts or recitals. Aside from its limited zoom capabilities, the Flip was made for capturing family events and activities.
Vlog it – Turn the camera on yourself and start your own videoblog or online diary. You can tape yourself with your Flip and upload your video to YouTube or AOL video in minutes. It’s never been easier to get video online!

Learning the Basics of a Video Recorder

What is a Camera Recorder?
A camera recorder is frequently referred to as a “camcorder”. A camcorder is two devices combined into one device: a camera and a recording unit. Camcorders that were manufactured in previous years were still two devices in one, but the video was attached by means of an umbilical cord that was hooked to a large piece of recording equipment. As time and technology progressed, the video cam recorder evolved many times. Today’s recording and capturing devices are equipped with enhanced technology, such as HDMI, time lapse, and being waterproof. The recording devices that are available today on the market are not only equipped with advanced technology but professional software, such as GoPro.

Is There a Difference Between Video and Film?
Many people are curious to know if there is a different between video and film. Video and film are similar in many ways, but there are a few aspects that make them different from one another. Film has been around much longer than video and is more complicated. Film is the basic way of capturing video before technology evolved. With film, celluloid was used to expose an image to silver highlight so people could develop the image and print it if they wanted. With today’s technology, the process of developing film is not required because the methods and techniques have been simplified. Video captures an image in the same way film does, but instead of manually doing everything manually, video does everything electronically. In this instance, light is converted into multiple frequencies. Although video and film are two different techniques for capturing images, many people consider them to be one method.

What are the Benefits of Owning a Video Recorder?
In order to enjoy the many benefits a camera recorder, you need to purchase a recording device that is equipped with the feature you need to capture the best images and video. The primary benefit of a video recorder is capturing memories. The memories you capture will last forever. You can replay the memories as many times as you would like, even when the moment occurred many years ago. Another benefit of owning a video cam recorder is convenience. Regardless of where you are or what you are doing, you can capture the events that take place. Camcorders are available in many different styles, sizes, and colors to meet your needs.

When Should You Purchase a New Recording Device?
Your electronic device will indicate when it is time for you to replace it. People who have first, second, or third generation recording devices may be interested in upgrading to new features and formats. Other reasons people may want to replace their video device is because the device has reached the end of its lifespan. A few ways you can tell your device is reaching its lifespan is by noticing the picture or sound quality is not what it once was. Some devices stop working and have to be replaced. Sometimes the battery has to be replaced and minor repairs need to be made to restore the video recorder to its high-quality status.

You Don’t Really Need a Video Camera

You don’t really need a video camera to capture the beauty of the flowers in the Iris Garden but when the light breeze blew the clouds away and the sunlight haloed the plants in a soft shimmering glow I pulled the little compact video cam from my pocket and started filming.

This is an amazing garden with a fantastic panorama of award winning Iris, but even names like bumblebee deelight, play with fire, acapulco gold, purple pepper, blueberry parfait and lacy snowflake, barely describe the vast array of color combinations on display. To truly appreciate these incredible flowers requires a walk through the garden, breathing in the remarkable floral fragrances and feasting the eyes on the palette of blooming sensory delights. Each Iris has a mixture of unique colors and its own distinct scent. In addition, poppies, lupines, pansies, clematis and peonies provide accent and compliment for the showy Iris.

While focusing on the thick column of dark blue and white clematis and zooming in on the slender, delicate, pastel columbines, I nearly bumped into you. Palm-sized video camera still in hand captured the flickering amusement on your face and in your smiling blue eyes.

But my hopes of titling the moment something like the first time ever I saw your face dissolved when you started laughing and ask me, by name, how I was and how everything was going.

What? Ah time, that pesky bandit raised the bar and I had to rummage through my memory banks to pull forth a name to attach to your cheerful face.

My memory obliged, years evaporated as a million and one details rushed in to fill the space between now and the last time I spoke with you at the crowded Easter Egg hunt. Faces of the many joyful children and their excitement as they waited for event to begin flipped through my mind. As the sun highlighted a bit of gray in your hair, I wondered how many years it had been and I realized those laughing children but must be college age, young adults by now.

We fell into one of those good to see you, how long has it been, how is everyone, catch up conversations, while the forgotten video recorder continued recording. In addition to capturing the beautiful garden and your smiling face it recorded every word. When I returned home, I watched the video with delight then emailed you a copy requesting permission to post the video for our mutual friends.

While I do not offer professional videographers any competition, I am very delighted to have captured the unexpected fun of seeing you and the ensuing great catch up meeting on video. Now if I could only add the wonderful fragrance of the gardens to the digital chronicle the essence of the meeting would be complete.

Pros and Cons of Shooting Video With a DSLR Camera

*DSLR stands for Dig­i­tal Sin­gle Lens Reflex. It’s the cam­era that pho­tog­ra­phers use.

In 2008 Canon start­ing adding a video mode to their DSLR cam­eras. They had no idea the phe­nom­e­non that it would bring.

DSLRs have huge sen­sors (the mech­a­nism that con­verts light to video) and way more, cheaper, high qual­ity lenses (also referred to as “glass”).

These fac­tors give DSLR cam­eras very sharp imagery as well as a very shal­low depth of field. Depth of field or Dof, refers to the focus of the image or video. A deep Dof is when the fore­ground and the back­ground of an image are both in focus. You see this com­monly in land­scape shots.

Shal­low Dof is when one part of the image is in focus while the rest is not. For exam­ple, imag­ine a romance movie. About 3/4 of the way through the film, the man and woman run to one another and kiss in the rain. On a close-up of them kiss­ing, you’d see them in focus, with the back­ground out of focus. You see it all the time in the movies, almost always used dur­ing back and forth dia­logue when 2 actors are talk­ing. This is a very sought after look by video pro­fes­sion­als and before DSLR video was extremely expen­sive to achieve. DSLR cam­eras achieve this look for a fifth of the price.

I started my videog­ra­phy career with a Sony VX-2000. It’s an older lit­tle Sony pro­sumer standard-def cam­corder. After I mas­tered that I was ready to upgrade to a Hi-def cam­era, but I didn’t have much money and good cam­eras are very expen­sive. I saw the qual­ity that DSLRs are capa­ble of and I became very inter­ested. The Canon 60D was in my price range and I bought it. It came with a 18-135mm EF-S lens. It shot 1080i and 720p at 24, 30 and 60fps (frames per sec­ond). It was a good cam­era and I really liked it. How­ever I got the oppor­tu­nity to upgrade to the Mer­cedes Benz of DSLRs…. The Canon 5D Mark II. I also got it with a 24-105mm canon L-series lens. It shoots beau­ti­ful, crys­tal clear, film­like video and I love it. Now here are the pros and cons

What’s great about DSLRs for video, and the rea­son they are so pop­u­lar, is the film­like qual­ity with the shal­low depth of field you can obtain for a much, much lower price. For exam­ple, experts often com­pare the canon 5d mark II to the Red One cam­era, which costs $25k. Now of course the Red One is a nicer cam­era, it shoots at 2k res­o­lu­tion, but it’s $25,000, the canon 5d mark II is $2,500 and the qual­ity is com­pa­ra­ble. For Inter­net and DVD pur­poses, the qual­ity is neg­li­gi­ble. In the­atre it would be obvi­ous, but what your video looks like in movie the­atres is not rel­e­vant to most. Any­way the point is the qual­ity for the price is incredible.

Now here’s the cons. No mat­ter how awe­some the video qual­ity is, it doesn’t change the fact that DSLRs are built for still pho­tog­ra­phy and only recently started offer­ing video. This means that they have crude audio capa­bil­i­ties. No man­ual audio gain con­trols with­out hacks or patches, no xlr (high qual­ity audio input), the built in mic is too low qual­ity to use, also it’s small and with­out a han­dle so it’s dif­fi­cult to oper­ate smoothly and it doesn’t have a con­trolled zoom.

All these cons have workarounds but it’s a more dif­fi­cult process than with a reg­u­lar video cam­era and it costs money. Even with these costly extras DSLR cam­eras are still worth the money but the ease of use and time it takes to bal­ance out the short­com­ings depend entirely on you. You absolutely have to get a sta­bi­liz­ing rig for smooth shoot­ing off the shoul­der, oth­er­wise your footage will be too shaky. These rigs aver­age around $500 with the higher qual­ity ones around $2,000. You can do what some peo­ple do and build your own rig or order the com­po­nents sep­a­rately and assem­ble it your­self. I’m going to do an entire post ded­i­cated to choos­ing or build­ing a rig and once it’s com­plete I’ll insert a link to it here.

Because the DSLR has poor audio capa­bil­i­ties, what most peo­ple do is buy a portable audio recorder to cap­ture audio sep­a­rately from the cam­era. You plug your mic in use that to dig­i­tally record your audio. Thats a great way to get high qual­ity audio, the prob­lem is, since the video and audio are not being recorded by the same device, you’ll need to sync these in post. You can do this man­u­ally using the a clap­per or snap etc. but there is a much sim­pler solu­tion which is a pro­gram called plural eyes. Plural eyes will auto­mat­i­cally sync your video to your audio in your time­line. It does this by lin­ing up the sep­a­rately recorded audio wave­forms to the audio wave­forms recorded by your low qual­ity built in cam­era mic. It’s not always per­fect but if you’re get­ting decent audio from your cam­era then it works quickly and effec­tively. There’s also a sis­ter pro­gram called dual eyes that will auto­mat­i­cally sync all the video files to all the audio files out­side of your edit­ing application.

In con­clu­sion, DSLRs give you excel­lent qual­ity for the price. How­ever, you’ll need to decide for your­self whether or not the short­com­ings of shoot­ing with a pho­tog­ra­phy cam­era are accept­able to you as a video creator.

I hope this article outlining the pros and cons of shooting video with a DSLR has been helpful to you…

The Weather Cam

There could not be any nicer live streaming video cam than the Rocky Mountain Cam. When I am on the cam control site I find myself taking picture after picture because the view is so breath taking and constantly changing. The Rocky Mountain Longs Peak of which it is centered on is a world in itself. I am there when I am watching it, I begin to think that I am beginning to become familiar with then there is a change such as a rolling rain storm or even some snow which at times is very blizzard like shrouding this grandiose peak in clouds and swirling snow.

Watching the breaking weather I find the snow is what I like to see the most because it has shape and defines itself to the Rocky Mountain Cam – The Weather cam of which I can see the changes as they occur and the snow accumulates. I find myself moving the cam display to full screen and tuning in some hip hop jams to tune the snow to some sound giving it some solid 3D definition only to find myself being dismissed by someone else who enjoy either the beauty of what the mountain cam has to show or their curiosity has draw them to the enchanted mystic that emanates from that tiny little box.

The library of photos displayed on the web cam internet site was my first draw to the huge number of sunsets and the variety of them over time taken from the web cam. I have just now started to capture video using my Cam Studio program to use as backdrops in my video presentations. Let me tell you that a stormy sky out video is an attention getting presentation backdrop as well as a fading sunset video also used for a presentation backdrop for the educational video’s I do. I can actually say the attendance has grown by spicing up the presentation this way.

One of the most exciting things was watching the news and seeing the web cam being shown during a building storm or during an actual storm. I am sure this is quite a savings for the television station to be able to do this without having to send a crew out remotely. I can tell you for as much beauty there is seen from the web cam, there is also plenty of the typical Colorado plains weather seen from here for this cam location is situated out north of the metro Denver area and less than 5 miles due west of Denver International Airport. Links for the web cam site and a direct link are in the resource box below.

John T Adams in the simplest terms fancies himself as an internet marketing entrepreneur. With the Rocky Mountain Cam he has been empowered to share some of the most diverse views rarely seem from most cams and then the ability to capture your own video or photographs from the streaming video web cam.

How Shapes and Colours Will Help Your Child's Development.

Importance of colour in addition to shapes and sizes in developing childrens creative thinking.
Changing colours in our vision stimulate the body and mind and enrich mental activity.

The Universe is a magnetic field of positive and negative charges, constantly vibrating and producing electro-magnetic waves.

Each wave includes a various speed of vibration plus wavelength, Creating a electro magnetic sphere.
White light when observed through a prism or even water vapour splits in to the colours of the spectrum.
Value of colour throughout child development.

Various cycles of shifting colours affect our system as well as brain at varied periods of everyday life.
These can be reflected within our evolving colour personal preferences.

Children possess colour preferences based on individual personality and stage connected with growth.

A Survey on people with depressive disorders indicates us that the colours people today select to surround themselves with have a great impression their health along with emotional well-being.

At age 2 to 8 years spherical patterns and mild soft colours are considered good for nursery and bedroom’s,
small children between 7 and 11 years more bright colours together with shapes were introduced,
and soft greens and more mathematical patterns from 10 years till teenage years,
was discovered to generally be less distracting to the
emotional focus of each phase connected with growth.
Early development in children and colour.
Light colour tones of gentle creams, soothing pastels yield calming and trance-like areas for your baby.
Filling up blank regions in a Children’s home with the proper colours as well as shapes can dramatically boost the Baby’s growth during the different periods of progress.
A Kids emotional together with emotional advancement can be greatly increased with Wall Stickers and Decals.- Jonathon Ijams – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

A Infant’s environment has a huge impact on their mood and behavior, altering an empty wall by using wall decals stimulate the mind to a more significant level.
Colours and Shapes help kids develop their imagination and creativity when seen regularly in there surroundings, wall stickers can help stimulate their mental growth,
Enhancing your infant’s ability to learn and absorb information.
The first years of a Childs every day life is spent inside their home and their home surrounding equals a high percent of their visual knowledge, so it is very important to make a colorful and engaging home or nursery they are going to associate as a interesting as well as safe place.
The more positive the surroundings gets, the better they will sleep.
With entertaining wall decals, children will be capable of amuse themselves for longer,
so they wonâEUR(TM)t require regular attention and you can get more done throughout the house.

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Best Food and Sights in Memphis, Tennessee

The charming and historic city of Memphis, Tennessee, is a great city to see in two or three days, if that is all you have time for. There are blues bars, a few great museums, Graceland is nearby, and the trolley cars put you back in history!
Be sure to check out:
1) Graceland – the home of Elvis Presley, now an awesome museum.
2) Beale Street – where all the blues bars are, with live music you won’t believe!
3) The National Human Rights Museum – located right next to the infamous Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, visitors are free to pay their respects at the very spot where Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot. Inside the museum (located in the building directly opposite the Lorraine Motel), visitors can see the original bathroom where the assassin sat, and the window that he shot through, aiming at M.L.K Jr.. The museum has a vast amount of information pertaining to the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. and visitors can really brush up on their civil rights history.
4) Take a ride through town in one of the trolleys – these are some of the oldest in the country! It’s also a great way to see all of Memphis without even breaking a sweat!
5) Sun Studio – need I say more? How many incredible, famous musicians have recorded there?
6) Southern food! If you’re in Memphis, you can’t miss trying Memphis BBQ and fried catfish! Both AWESOME! Try “Central BBQ” and one of the blues bars for the Catfish, so you can enjoy yummy fish and sides with some live blues!

The Art of Subliminal Advertising

“I see what you did there.”

When a brand puts something out there that has a bit of a wink to it, consumers have a chance to get in on the joke. Sometimes, however, things are so clever that one wonders if the brand intended such a connection to be made…and those who get said über-clever connection are left wondering whether it was intentional or serendipitous.

The Aleve tie in to hit-TV game show Jeopardy is a great example. Take a look at this photo featuring New Jersey resident Jason Keller at the end of one of his many Jeopardy victories. The smiling Keller adds $25,000 to his growing pot and gets to stay for another try at winning even more money. What about the other two contestants? The connection from Aleve at first seems obvious: the analgesic is relieving their pain by providing some token “loser money.” But what else do you notice?

This isn’t just any pain reliever sponsoring Alex Trebek’s forum for geniuses and trivia masters. There is some subliminal reinforcement of the “Aleve” brandname. The winner gets to stay. Each loser must, ahem, leave. “I leave.” “Aleve.” Now look at the photo again, from left to right: I stay (to compete again), I leave (with dashed dreams), I leave (having to face friends and relatives after an abysmal performance).

Did Aleve intend this subtle and even comical brand reinforcement? Or is this just a “happy accident” waiting to be discovered by some viewers? Perhaps the brand will provide the answer to this post.

5 social media trends you need to know

Social media is here to stay. The last few years have proven that. And, there are no signs of slowing down any time soon. Facebook has more than 1 billion active users around the world and Twitter is not far behind.

Big brands are starting to realize that in order for them to stay relevant in today’s world, they have to be “socially” present. As caretakers of businesses, here are the top 5 social media trends that you need to know:

1. Visual Evolution is the King

There is a reason behind the sudden explosion of interest for Instagram. From a simple photo-filtering app, it turned into social media platform that attracted the eyes of Mark Zuckerburg. Facebook acquired Instagram for $1 billion. But, why?

Instagram depicts that stunning visual content is the king. No one wants to read through texts to be informed. Photos can do these things, anyway. This is also the reason why memes – pictures with humorous captions dominate today’s social networking sites.

2. Fusion of Search and Social

Brands with strong social media presence are doing great in search rankings. This is because search engines such as Google, Yahoo! and Bing are already indexing Facebook status updates, tweets and other social media updates.

Social media activities also corroborate success of organic ranking. Likes, shares, retweets and regrams are also influencing search ranking and traffic.

3. Social Media Marketing and Brand Management

While maintaining a visually stunning website, you also have to create and maintain a Facebook and Twitter page. These two social networking sites draw incredible traffic every single turn of the hour.

Integrate your website to your Facebook and Twitter pages. This way, any updates and promos that you will launch will automatically be posted in your social networks, and those who “liked” and “followed” you will be notified via news feeds.

These are also great opportunities to interact with your customers firsthand. Get to know their sentiments about your products and services. By being interactive and responsive, you build a strong relationship with them.

4. Mobile optimizations

Smartphones and tablets are now replacing laptops and personal computers. People want to be able to access their “social” life anytime, anywhere. This is why it is imperative for you to jump into the mobile optimization bandwagon. You get to be more accessible and you penetrate a large number of audience.

5. Big Data and Privacy

There are gazillions of data being generated from the social media. These can be used to improve customer experience and services. However, opportunists can also intrude your confidential information through hacking.

There are incredibly huge opportunities for companies to build a strong brand via social media. The key to unlocking these is to be the trendsetter.

The continuing Radioshack/Netflix debacle

This week is the first week of Radioshack’s free 6 months of Netflix promotion. In case you missed it, this promotion has been marred by everything from non-working redemption sites to felony level theft of services. Here is a recap of the main points:

Any purchase of a phone, tablet, laptop at Radioshack would give a code good for 6 months of Netflix service, this promo began on Sunday, February 23rd.
The initial code was redeemed at ThePromoCard. Calling it a website in training would be a great compliment. 48 hours later, users would receive the redeemable Netlifx subscription code.
Sometime after the promo went live, members at SlickDeals figured out how to get the subscription codes without having receipt codes using a simple website hack, resulting in stolen Netflix codes. Some users were able to steal decades of Netflix service

The full article outlining what happened can be seen here.

Since this fiasco of a promotion began at the beginning of this week, it would be fair to assume that a large, national corporation would have correctly addressed the issue and ironed out the details. Instead, there is still massive confusion within Radioshack stores, with customer support, and with angry consumers who have not received what was promised. Here are some of the continuing highlights:

Many of the online orders that initially qualified for the promotion under the original terms have been delivered, and many individuals have not yet received the emailed Netflix codes.
In store situations have varied by location. Some customers have shared that they were able to purchase an eligible phone of any price and receive the code on their receipt, even though the terms online have changed to require a $30 device purchase. I physically went into a Radioshack in Minnesota, and they had a sign stating that phones qualifying for the Netlifx code must be activated in store, but no minimum order amount was posted. Still other stores may have different rules in place.
Online customers have been given the corporate cop out by customer support. Many have been told they will receive codes within 48 hours, but this is well after the initial promotion that was supposed to be fulfilled within two days already.
Radioshack still hilariously refuses to acknowledge any issue. A quick look at their Facebook page shows that they have resorted to putting fingers in their ears and continuing to make marketing noise. They have posted more promotional shares, but no information on the offer or issues with it. However, a glance at the recent user posts and comments shows that customers are looking for their Netflix codes or answers to this issue.

Thousands of consumers are still left out by this promotion, and I find it impossible to believe that Radioshack still has not released any information at a company-wide level. The best part is that this promotion is scheduled to go until March 22nd, even though it has barely limped over the finish line of its first week. Hopefully the issue will be resolved, until then I will apparently be your only source for news on this issue.