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Today, we're introducing something new:, a site for one of a kind Las Vegas media content.

First off, who's we? is brought to you by Steve Friess and me. So, what the hell is it?

As part of Steve's job as a journalist, he frequently ends up with great content that can't be used in a story - maybe it's too long or doesn't fit the narrative arc. Sometimes these gems end up on The Strip Podcast but some of it never sees the light of day. is a way for us to share more of this content with you.

The first thing you'll notice is that it's not free. We want to be able to produce more of this content in the future and to help facilitate that, we're charging a nominal fee. In addition to the Web site, the content will also be available for sale inside of Vegas Mate, through a future update. The site is launching with a single item but eventually, this will expand to include additional videos, audio and more. Purchase is handled via PayPal.

We premiere with a Wynn Las Vegas tour featuring both the updated guest rooms and the Lakeside Grill, given by interior designer Roger Thomas and hosted by Steve. To get a sense of what you'd be paying for, there are two trailers available for viewing on the site.

Right now, this is a bit of an experiment and we want your feedback. Too long? Too short? Too expensive? Too boring? We want to know. There's an email link right there on the page or feel free to leave a comment here. There's also a support email address for any technical problems you might have.

As for the site itself, it's quite basic and intended just as a placeholder (don't judge!) A full site will come, in time.



Read archived comments (5 so far)
February 12, 2011 1:18 PM Posted by Brian Fey

I can already tell you, it would/will be 100% better if/when these can be purchased through iTunes, basically one tap purchase. Just my 1 cent.

February 12, 2011 2:15 PM Posted by Hunter

Having purchase be as low-friction as possible is a goal and one of the nice things about how the In-App Purchase method will work in Vegas Mate.

Thanks for your feedback.

February 16, 2011 8:17 AM Posted by Roger

Maybe put a clip of it on youtube. If you don't want to put the whole thing maybe just the best part.

February 16, 2011 9:04 AM Posted by Hunter

Steve posted some clips on YouTube:

plus, the linked site has two trailers you can watch for free.

February 25, 2011 5:36 PM Posted by GregoryZephyr

The first trailer was kinda hokey. I was expecting an Elvis picture to pop up. The second trailer was better and gives a vague idea of what you were trying to accomplish which I think is something of a design documentary. Still photos can be good for examining the details but hopefully you'll mix in some video as well. If Steve's in-person interviews were recorded on video (keep the audio separate) so at least we can see an introduction of who the person is, that would be good. Also, a wide shot of the exterior of the property or visual tour would be good.

I'm surprised, though, that you wouldn't focus more on the tourist aspects of Vegas such as a night-time narrated tour of the Strip or the most popular restaurants, etc. If I were thinking of visiting a city I have never been to before, I may consider paying a couple dollars for an hour narrated travel channel type documentary but that was targeted at specific interests. You could have different themes programs such as specifically for someone interested in gaming, or dining, or shows, or nightclubs, etc.