Skimo TV will allow you to watch an hour-long TV show in six minutes

Sometimes there just isn't enough time in the day to enjoy all the great TV shows, movies, and streaming media clips that are available. Luckily, there is a company that is aiming to change how we consume video by introducing a new technology that will essentially condense video content. 

Skimo TV is a startup founded by former Motorola employees Vasu Srinivasan and Dave Penny. Skimo TV is a video summarization technology engine that will allow videos to be processed and broken down into their core parts. This means that you will spend less time skimming videos and more time watching them. 

​Skimo is a unique engine that combs film and video content and extracts the most important parts. It does this by creating highlights, roughly two to three minutes, of long form videos. According to the Skimo TV page, it can take about 20 minutes of video and break it down into a sample video of two to three minutes in length. That means that you can theoretically watch some of your favorite hour-long TV shows in about six minutes. 

The service is also capable of handling video content in any language. It can do this because films, TV shows, and video content often have signatures indicating when an important scene is taking place. Skimo TV creates clips from these moments, producing detail rich videos. 

Although it might not be the most satisfying and immersive method, for those that are limited on time, Skimo could become one of the best ways to catch up on video content. 

Source: Skimo TV via Daily Mail UK | Image via Skimo TV and NBC

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To some extent I do this already. I don't watch anything live (meaning actual airing night or time). I DVR everything for 3 reasons...First & foremost I can't stand the stupid commercials, so I skip 'em. Secondly, by skipping the commercials I can watch an hour episode in about 40 minutes. Lastly, I can pause and rewatch segments I didn't get or slo-mo cool sequences.

We never thought that commercials were a big deal in the past, just time to run to the kitchen. But now we have been trained to be more & more ADD, and it will get worse. More pressure to work, produce, perform...less free time. I think this is the handwriting on the wall about the direction we are heading...

> you can theoretically watch some of your favorite hour-long TV shows in about six minutes

Don't kid yourself, if you actually want to watch your "favorite" hour-long TV show in 6 minutes, you can't claim it's your favorite show.

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That being said, maybe that'd be useful for some presentations. How smart is this technology?

Maybe it would be a good idea for shows like 24.
I liked it before, but now I dont really want to spend that long anymore to watch it.

When did watching a tv show you like, become a chore you wanted to skip through?

In fact if you find yourself using this app could be a good indication you are no longer watching tv recreationally.

Many producers do not get enough resources to produce 20+ episodes without having to sacrifice quality. This is why you see sitcoms (shorter episodes and cheap to produce) or very popular shows (they get enough funding) having 20+ episodes, while new shows or very high quality productions only have 10-13 episodes. It also depends on who airs it, as some networks have more resources to spend than others.

Wtf?! Yeah why watch a show when you can casually scan it. Maybe like what this guy did when "reading" his school books, you know scanned it. 400 pages of learning, scanned down to 4.

Might help with video preview on sites, but I really have no use for turning that 2hr film into a 12min video.

Can someone please summarise the text above. I lost attention about three minutes in. Damn those people who can watch and read for five minutes straight.

Holy Crap. The current media consumption is already leading to ADD.

This is not helping anyone. If you cannot concentrate to watch a 40 minute episode, then either your concentration is bad, or this is the show you should not be watching.

By concentrating the exciting bits only this will encourage this mentality of constant stimulation and will continue to lead to a new generation who cannot POOP or take ELEVATOR, without needing constant updates from their phone

Yea.... good luck with that app
Stupid
people skip through short YT clips to the best parts(which is easy enough to do without some extra app), people are not going to skip through their TV shows or movies ;P

dingl_ said,
Yea.... good luck with that app
Stupid
people skip through short YT clips to the best parts(which is easy enough to do without some extra app), people are not going to skip through their TV shows or movies ;P

Speak for yourself, I would. There's lots of time I just wanna catch up rather than spend hrs watching eps I've missed.

Not saying I'd use it all the time, but there are times where something like this would come in handy.

Ryoken said,

Speak for yourself, I would. There's lots of time I just wanna catch up rather than spend hrs watching eps I've missed.

Not saying I'd use it all the time, but there are times where something like this would come in handy.

All due respect but sounds like you are not very much into whatever you are watching if you are OK with skipping most of it. Why even watch it in the first place then? What is the point really?