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Live 2000 is the UK's biggest home entertainment, Internet and new technology show. The show ran from 21-24 September 2000 at Earls Court, London.

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      01.10.2000 01:40

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      Having been to the live 1998 exhibition, i had great expectations for 2000. However on arriving, although initial glances were impressive, it failed to live upto 2 years ago. The floor sapce although set in Earls Court, was relatively small and lacked a proper atmosphere. This was because there was too little space to encorporate all the public. Although having said this, some of the stands such as the three kings dvd movie, dooyoo, ericsson and siemens stands were impressive. With a number of give aways, exciting competitions and very colourful and bright stands. I would have to advise booking the tickets in advance as this proved not only cheaper but far easier than having to queue up to purchase the tickets. Over all, I would have to recomend this event. However there could have been a number of alterations made to make the event even better

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      28.09.2000 17:56

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      I attend LIVE 2000 on Sunday on behalf of my company - World ONLINE...I worked the whole day, yep a sunday... And I really beleive this was a good communcation between us and our customers, the people I spoke to seemed to enjoy all the stands and good their were some really good stands, including OUR's....HAHAH, But no if you want to see the lastest and speak direct to the people that make it happen then LIVE 2000 was a good chance to do so...SO I would like to see a big standing for all the people who worked over the four days and all those many people that came to look..and lastly ALL WORLD ONLINE CUSTOMER to be and still thank you for attending our stand and giving us your feed back....

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      28.09.2000 17:48
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      Yawn... Got free tickets to Live 2000 as a friend works for Haymarket. I am soooo glad we didn't pay for them. Five of us went, two girls and three boys and My friend and I spent a total of three minutes there. What did I expect? Well a showcase of new computer games (specifically a chance to have a go on the new Play Station 2), lots of gadgets for us to play on and the boys to spend too much money on things they didn't need (admittedly so I could go guilt-free shopping next week). What did we see? Sony Stands as far as the eye could see and scantily clad women- how long does is this ridiculous 1070's cliche going to last? As an aside, am I over-estimating men and in thinking that when they go to an electronics/gadget event they are actually want to see the gadgets? Do advertisers really think that lowly of men? Jen and I went off to Dome on Earl's court road to join all the other women waiting for their men. We were all settling down for a few hours of coffee drinking, smoking and beer-drinking. What did we get? 3/4 of an hour with the disappointly early return of our men, all competing to tell us about the worse part of the exhibition- Winner- decibel competition for car stereos, apparently the guy lost power just as they were about to do their thing. Our guys waited displaying uncharacteristic patience, only to be disappointed in a comptition where lights went on to tell them who had the loudest stereo. Call me stupid, but I thought that from the moment we walked in one stereo would have been indistinguishable from another...they were all playing so loud! (and I'm the type who head-bangs to Guns-N-Roses when reminiscing my Uni days) Very Disappointing. I am now unable to reciprocate mass gadget spending in the high street, as apparently there was nothing to buy, and I have a car full of useless Sony Show-bags. Men were disappointed and didn't even get a chance to male-bond out of the
      clutches of the feminine coffee shop. Now, as for the prices of the coffee in London....

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      28.09.2000 06:37
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      I was visiting my brother down south at the weekend and when he asked if I fancied going to Live200 I thought why not. As far as I was led to believe, the show was all about new technology. This sounded like something that would be interesting to see, so off we went on the Saturday morning. The show was held in the Earls Court Centre which is literally straight across the road from Earls Court tube station, so getting there was certainly no problem. The entrance fee seemed a little bit steep at £12 for adults and £7 for kids, since there were six adults in our group the total came to £72. Before last week I had never heard of the Live event, so I didn't really have any pre-conceptions about what to expect. My brother, on the other hand, had been to the Live96 and Live98 events so he did have his expectations. He had told us about some of the things that he had seen showcased at past events, things like digital TV for instance. Many of the things he talked about from previous shows were at a pre-launch stage and were not readily available to the public. This was not the case at Live2000 though. I must say that I can't recall seeing anything that I had not seen before. Sure there were many examples of the latest products, but they were all simply the latest versions of existing products, a bit bigger better or faster. The only thing I can think of that was slightly innovative was digital radio, but since I don't listen to much radio anyway even that didn't interest me very much. There were large sections for the products that you would expect, things like mobile phones, sound systems, TVs and DVDs etc. Some of the in-car entertainment systems were worth having a look at, but you would probably need to win the lottery to be able to afford most of what was on show. There were also a few Internet sites with stalls. AOL, Freeserve and world-online to name a few, but again these were all existing services and nothing new. <br>One of the highlights for me was the dooyoo stall. I got to meet some of the staff and spent a bit of time chatting with Jules and Giles. I managed to scrounge a T-shirts each for my hubby and me. I also got a dooyoo hat and some lighters (yes I know - I really should give up smoking again). The dooyoo peeps told me that they had over four hundred new members signed up by Saturday morning, so we can look forward to loads of new people reading our opinions :) As some other people have said in their opinions, marketing people mostly manned the stalls. Pretty girls in skimpy clothes are OK if you are into that sort of thing - but they didn't do much for me personally! As far as getting information about products went, most of them didn't have the slightest idea what they were promoting. If it wasn't written on the leaflet they didn't know about it. Talking about leaflets, if you had taken all that were thrust into your hands you would need a forklift truck to carry them. If you ever do go to one of these events do yourself a favour and keep your hands in your pockets until you see something that you are genuinely interested in. My impression of the whole show was that it was just a big advertising event, and we had to pay £12 for the privilege of seeing the adverts. The price of food and drink was a bit hefty too at 95p for a can of coke and £1.50 for a small portion of chips. Don't get me wrong though, the show was definitely a good way to spend a few hours on a rainy day - the problem for me was that Saturday was a scorcher of a day and I was stuck inside. I spent about three hours at the show, which was plenty time to see everything. Would I go to the next one? Well, only if I could see some sort of list before hand of what would be on show. I think a few hours wandering round the high street stores would have let me see, technology wise, as much as I seen at Live2000 (but I wouldn't have got to meet Jules
      and Giles!!)

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        28.09.2000 04:11
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        After going to live 99 i could not wait for live 2000. i went on the saturday with a friend. it was great fun but i did find it a tiny bit small. There werenot enough stands really. The big companies had big stands and the freebies they were giving were great especially, alcatel, siemens and ericsson. I felt that the siemens stand was very fun with the laser game. the warner three kings preview was good. I booked tickets in advance and would advice this to anyone next year, it really is a lot cheaper. the dooyoo stand was really good giving away free t shirts and hats. that stand is the only way i would have ever have heard of dooyoo. all in all a good event but not the best i have ever been to.

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          26.09.2000 02:12
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          Live 2000 proved to be a fairly entertaining but at the same time for me, very tedious event. I did enjoy looking around.. the reason i went was because i was visiting my boyfriend and he was working on the gameplay stand so was dragged along. The atmosphere of the event was good, i was quite pleased it wasn't too crowded. I ended up walking around by myself for 6 hours while my partner was working so in that respect I became very bored of the whole event. I ended up walking around in different routes and finding out how much free stuff I could get, i think i obtained something from each stand. I must say the dooyoo guys were very friendly...free t-shirt for signing up was nice! I was quite impressed with the set out of each of the stands, obviously a lot of work gone into it..overall it was good, but the prices were too expensive for everything including entry. A maximum of 3 hours is all you really need so my 6 hours plus another hour and a half while they were taking things down made me a very tired and bored girly!

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          25.09.2000 22:18
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          I have to admit I was really looking forward to Live this year, all of the new advances in mobile phones, dvd and software. But when I got inside I was more and more disappointed the deeper into the stands I walked. As soon as you got in you were met with the Sony stand, this was definately the highlight of the day, the car seats with the PSone and tv monitors in the headrests really made me drool at the mouth. But after that things went down hill, Ericsson had a Bluetooth challenge, I had a go and couldn't hear anything in the little headset they gave me, but they definately had me distracted with all of the beautiful ladies on their stall,WHO'S YOUR DADDY!!!! Sorry back to live, BT Cellnet had a poor and rather slow demo of GPRS, which wasn't connected to a PDA so there really was no point of it being on display. Nokia were nowhere to be seen on the day, which was disappointing as I prefer their phones and hoped they would have had some funky freebies!! As for the DVD experience, I have never seen a film so plugged before in my life, Three Kings, instead of finding out about new innovations in DVD technology we all sat there for 15 minutes being brainwashed with the message BUY ME!!! I had the displeasure of sitting on the new 'Buttkicker' seats which were supposed to vibrate at the right moments to create an interactive experiance, basically I could have tuned the gas coming out of my own butt and achieved a better and more in time experience! I know I'm generally having a moan, but for £12 a ticket I have a right to!! The cars were the best thing there, I dribbled all over the Mitsubishi EVO with its Bad Boy system, mmmmmmm a DVD player in a car, and guys you have to agree that if you were to buy the car than it had to come with the beautiful lady in the tight leather outfit ggggrrrrrrrr!!! To wrap up what has generally been a big moan, sorry about that by the way, Live2000 had potential that was only 25% fulfilled, hopefully th
          ey will get it right next year!!

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            25.09.2000 21:54

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            Once I walked in and saw that Sony stand i new that this was going to be good! I have been twice before and didnt think that Live 2000 was as good as both of the times before that I have been. It was a lot smaller and there werent as many stands. I thought that there would be a lot more stands there in Live 2000, as a few years have past and as the event gets more and more popular. You would have thought that more companies would want to attend, but that wansnt the case. Overall I would defenatly go again as its worth it to see the technology that will be released in the close future from the leading manufacturers.

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            25.09.2000 16:29

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            Live 2000, the UK's biggest and bestest, one and only all singing, all dancing technology show. I went to Live 98 two years ago, it was amazing. You find out about all the latest innovations and up and coming products. This year was just as good plus it was really cheap to get in, I pre-booked my ticket and managed to save £4. I suppose the best things there are: The freebies - I got four t-shirts, 5 bags full off leaflets, brochures and stickers and about 30 ball poin pens. The atmosphere - Buzzing The scantilly clad women dancing on the DotMusic stand - They were gorgeous When it comes round again, I definately recomend it. Oh yeh, I also got my DooYoo T shirt there, its sweet.

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            25.09.2000 04:09
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            Went along to the show yesterday at Earls Court and thought that it was not quite as good as the first that I went to in '96; the Warner DVD demo was a big let down, alot of it not even the achieving the levels of quality that we expect from dvd; plenty of plasma screens about for various demos; but the absolute killer at the show for me personally had to be the 60inch widescreen rear projection set from Sharp. This set just blew away the rest of the competition; not even the Sony sets could match this wonder. The pictures are absolutely amazing on this set which uses some new technology that hasn't been applied to any other set; that's probably why I cant afford one right now. I asked the assistant if it was available, and he replied "Yes. For £48,000.00!" Take a while to save up for that then...

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            24.09.2000 21:39

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            I visited Live 2000 yesterday with my partner and 2 friends. I have to say that we were all disappointed by what we saw. The event was smaller than we were expecting. There were a large number of mobile phone companies there, but there were few audio and home-cinema stands, which were our main reasons for gong. We felt that the £12 entrance fee was poor value. However, the beer was nice, and not too badly priced at £2,65 a pint. There was a good range of car stereos and accessories on show, which were very impressive, so if you're a bit of a Kev who likes nothing better than to drive around town every night with an amplifier and sub-woofer in your boot that are worth more than the car itself, then this is the place for you!

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            24.09.2000 17:57
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            I guess i was a bit skepital about going here anyway but i went to keep my family happy and im glad i didn't pay the money to get me in here. I agree with a previous opinion about the show that most of the people on the stalls don't seem to know what they're talking about. Although the people at the dooyoo stall are very kind and polite and seem to be entertaining enough (although i have to write this as they bribed me with free stuff) joke! The event wasn't what i had planned I went to Live 98 and i remember likeing it a lot but this time it seems that the people are too intrested in the commercial benifits and not in having a bit of fun. Virgin again have seemed to add a bit of spice to the event. Offering the same deal as they did at V2000 you can borrow a mobile phone for the day and they'll give you credit and everything. I would leave going to this if i were you Ci

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            24.09.2000 17:50

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            We parked in Fulham and it cost 60p per hour, with a max stay of 8 hours. Tube stations are within walking distance of Earls Court. The ammenities at earls court are alright expect to pay between £1.10-£2.50 for a good sized cup of coffee, and there is no need to take your own food, prices started at £3.00 for a bowl of soup or a sandwhich and hot food is available upstairs with main meals starting at £6.95 though there were plenty of places to sit and eat your own. The show has a lot of home audio, which is alright if your into that kind of thing, and also a lot of car audio again if your into that kind of thing. The Internet played heavily at this years show and though it wasn't leading technology being shown all the sites were wired to the internet and offering free surfing to all and sundry I thought that I was going to a technology and gadget show there were so few gadgets I coud have counted them on one hand and a lot of major players in technology did not have a stand inc,. Nokia. If your expecting to visit the show and see the kind of products that you read about in T3 and the STUFF magazine, go-peds, hover-boards, spy equipment etc,. you'll be going to the wrong show. But if you want to catch up on products that you can buy in the high st shops and hifi boutiques or by surfing the web and you are looking for a day out then and it is a full fun day then I hope you will have fun. Hot Tip: Only accept information on those products that you are interested in, save your arms and the rainforest. The Hottest Tip: Go to the STUFF stand and check out the blonde girl and say Hi from Duncan the droolin idiot:) lol

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            24.09.2000 04:51
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            This technology show was good in someplaces, and then pretty poor in others. Plenty of technology (and babes) to look at, but some of the demonstrations were a bit crap, i.e. not set up properly. You'd expect Warner of all people to showcase a better system - their sound in their theatre was very poor (not 5.1!). I would say the best stands were the In-car Entertainment ones (a DVD in a car?!), the £40000 Sharp LCD TV, and by far the best was the gaming stand. On Saturday when I went there was the culmination of the UK video games championships. What must be seen are the 30 super-fast PCs linked up to play network. Great fun if you're in a group! In future years there should be better home cinema setups from the major companies. I was also hoping to see a few more celebrities :-). If I didn't get a free ticket then I wouldn't have paid the £12 to get in.

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            24.09.2000 02:57
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            Live 2000 is a massive exhibition of the technology we all wish we had. From digital cameras, to laptop computers, to hi-fi systems, it's all there... and those are just on the Sony stand just inside the door! The online pavilion was my main point of interest, being a bit of a net-head. It was there I signed up to dooyoo, in fact: you can meet the friendly dooyoo staff there and say hi! Dotmusic, AOL and Freeserve were the main presences in the Online Pavilion, with several smaller companies making an appearance. AOL's stand takes the form of a 'house' which has sections for different members of the family, and while not being much of an AOL-fan, I did enjoy the free biscuits. Stuff, What Hi-fi? and TheNet magazine were present, in appropriate sections. Other companies of note include BTCellnet, Gameplay (complete with live games tournaments) and the company that sells the wonderful invention of CD hangers, just in case you feel the need to hang your CDs in your wardrobe, or something... If you are into technology and gadgets, check out Live 2000. As I write this there is only one day left, but on the off chance that anyone reads this before then... I recommend it.

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