Knock Knock. Who is here? Wanda Sykes, host of a new syndicated series featuring Ring video doorbell footage.
A kind of dystopia America’s Funniest Home Videos, Nation Ring launches September 26 with clips shared by people from their home security cameras and video doorbells. It’s produced by MGM Television, which Amazon acquired last year, and will pull clips from Amazon-owned Ring devices.
The series, first reported by Deadline(Opens in a new window), will feature fish-eye recordings of “neighbors saving neighbors, marriage proposals, military reunions, and silly animals.” You know, the kind of lightweight content that often goes viral online(Opens in a new window)but rarely represents the dark side of video doorbells, such as police surveillance.
Ring requires law enforcement to present a search warrant to obtain data from a camera without the owner’s permission. It also shares data with cops in emergencies “involving imminent danger or death or serious physical injury to any person.”
In July, Ring provided police with non-consensual access to camera footage 11 times this year; he told Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) that he “has made a good faith determination that there is an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury to a person requiring the disclosure of information without delay.”
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There is no word yet on the format of Nation ring– or how people can submit clips – although it looks like the show will be more dancing delivery drivers and fewer true-crime documentaries, with ongoing commentary by The Upshaws Sykes star.
The show is produced by MGM Television and Big Fish Entertainment; the latter is a subsidiary of MGM(Opens in a new window) who produces A&E Live DPwhich broadcasts live police encounters.
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