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Video Ads at tottenham court road station

Video Ads at tottenham court road station
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Much much better than static paper ads, and it means that you could tie
in things like art exhibitions, or other multimedia really easily.

seaneeboy says:

Ooh, when did they go up? I was there on tuesday and they weren't up!

18th Aug 2005, 08:54

alfie says:

dunno! I was there yesterday.

18th Aug 2005, 08:59

kostika says:

OKay that totally rocks!

18th Aug 2005, 09:01

alfie says:

Finally we start to catch up with the rest of Europe :s

18th Aug 2005, 09:05

seaneeboy says:

They;ve got cool flatscreen things on the busses in italy which give you Metro style news, weather and your horoscope... and of course, the footie results :)

18th Aug 2005, 09:11

jezzers says:

They'e been there a while I think, I know the company I sometimes work for took all of them and made Chitty Chitty BB fly down the stairs.

We very nearly had Crosstrack, which are very high powered projectors that project 48 sheet size ads on the platforms where the ads are now. But the company making the projectors ran out of money I think, so it was all shelved. Shame as I saw a demo on an unused platform in Aldwych Station. Great possibilities.

18th Aug 2005, 09:14

jezzers says:

We have flat screens on busses here too? Just not all routes. Also the Docklands Light Railway has had ad screens for years now, not to mention some taxis have flat screens too. Also the Transvision in the major stations. Lots of digital ad sites in London...

18th Aug 2005, 09:17

alfie says:

cheers for the inside rundown jezz, god, I find out more here than on the BBC - so do you work for an outdoor company like maidenhead or something?

18th Aug 2005, 09:20

bronxelf says:

Are you thinking what I'm thinking?

Of course you are. How silly of me.

18th Aug 2005, 09:33

teflon says:

The flatscreens at TCR have been there for a wee while now - most companies are making good use of them, with animations which cross over between screens, as it were.
(oddly, it's the London Underground ads which are the least exciting of the lot)

The screens on buses annoy me a bit, though - all they seem to show is rubbish flash ads for colleges, and block the view out the front window, to make it harder to see where you're going. Escalator ads make use of the fact that you're just standing there for 30s, and if they're used in an innovative and engaging way are good.

18th Aug 2005, 09:33

jaggysnake says:

Would it not be extra useful if they could broadcast emegency messages to these screens? In the event of an evacuation etc. all the screens could display a warning message?

I realise the escalators probably wouldn't be in use, but people would still be able to see them using the stairs?

18th Aug 2005, 11:28

seaneeboy says:

Like, arrows pointing up, and the screen saying "Go this way" ?

18th Aug 2005, 11:29

jaggysnake says:

Yes! Or a generic message saying "This station is being evacuated, please use emergency exits" with arrows etc.

"Do not run"

Etc. etc.

18th Aug 2005, 11:40

kel says:

those screens make me feel sick if I'm walking upstairs. :(

18th Aug 2005, 11:58

kikuchan says:

They're ace aren't they? Very future-tastic.

18th Aug 2005, 15:24

alfie says:

Trust me Hazz, it's pretty dull really :)

19th Aug 2005, 01:08

alfie says:

haha! The video clip above isnt enough for you?

19th Aug 2005, 01:42

alfie says:

where are you then?

19th Aug 2005, 01:47

alfie says:

gah, just have isolated insomnia, Im off to sleep now though, read comics until my eyes glaze normally works for me.

19th Aug 2005, 02:01

jezzers says:

Nah don't work for Maiden, I started up the new media dept at the agency Dewynters who do all the west end theatre stuff. I'm freelance/have my own company now, but still do quite a bit of work for them, also do stuff for BBC interactive TV. So I used to do quite a bit of stuff for outdoor.

19th Aug 2005, 17:48