SOURCE: Shovio

January 25, 2010 08:25 ET

Shovio Switches On Virtual Studio for Want-to-Be Oprahs and Hope-to-Be Conan O'Briens

New Shocast Amateur Virtual Studio Enables Anyone to Broadcast and Host a Live Video Call-In Internet Talk Show

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - January 25, 2010) - Shovio, a technology and innovation leader in Internet broadcast talk shows, today announced its new Shocast Amateur Virtual Studio technology platform. Shocast Amateur Virtual Studio enables want-to-be Oprahs, hope-to-be Conan O'Briens, and anyone who wants to broadcast and host a live Internet talk show, to become a show host and broadcast a live video call-in show. Show hosts simply register and book a timeslot on, then invite guests and even the audience to dial-in via audio, or live-streamed video to participate in real-time on their show. Shocast is part of the Shovio Talk Back TV Network, so amateur hosts are featured in program line-ups alongside other amateurs. Hosts who generate the largest audience get primetime billing, and may even be invited to participate on Shovio's Professional Talk Back TV Network.

"Why wait for the call from Harpo Studios or Satellite Radio, when you can become a Shocaster and start building an audience today on Shovio's Talk Back TV Network," said JJ Astro, CEO of Shovio Inc. "Our new Shocast platform democratizes broadcasting, enabling anyone from college students, to bloggers and podcasters who want to channel their unique voice in a new direction, to become a seasoned Internet talk show regular."

Shocasters can register for free at, then book timeslots for individual shows in one or two hour increments at a cost of $2.50 per hour of "airtime." The only technical requirements to becoming a Shocaster are having a webcam, computer, and Internet connection. Easy to access and follow online guides demonstrate everything Shocasters need to know about hosting and broadcasting their own show, and opening the floor to interviews with invited guests and audience members.

About Shovio

Founded in 2009, New York City-based Shovio is a digital broadcasting network that created the first proprietary technology to enable live, interactive broadcasting with two-way video and audio interaction between host, interviewee and viewer. Shovio broadcasters can instantaneously integrate separate videos, images, and graphics content in picture-in-picture (PIP) format. The platform is supported with robust social networking features that maximize interactivity of the medium and connection with the audience. For more information on Shovio, visit

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