Telepresence in the Media – A Collaborative List

December 28, 2012 by Christopher Isak 9 Comments »

Movies? TV? Books? Video Games? Telepresence is everywhere!

Have you ever been wondering if and where Telepresence technology is used in media? I have been paying close attention and noting down appearances of Telepresence technology in movies, TV, books or video games and researching on the internet for a while and wanted to share the list with all of you.

Naturally many movies were books in the beginning but surely not all of them. That is why I still include a category about Telepresence in books, in case there was no movie made or in case I just have not seen the movie to validate the appearance of Telepresence in it.

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The Future is Now: Michael J. Fox and Michael ‘Flea’ Balzary using Telepresence in “Back to the Future”

Also this list includes only Telepresence technologies that provide the ability to have visual communication (or video conference) with a person in a remote location and does not include Telepresence as in “being” somewhere apart from your physical body (e.g. The Matrix, Surrogates, Avatar, etc.).

Lastly before we start let me invite you for Telepresence spotting in the media. If you find something, that is not yet listed, please go ahead and drop it in the comments below and it will be added. That way we can all help to grow this list further.

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Secret Mission: Start the Cisco TelePresence Call



  • 24 (product placement by Cisco)
  • Big Bang Theory
  • Bubblegum Crisis
  • CSI: NY
  • Fringe
  • How I met your mother
  • Melissa & Joey
  • NCIS: Los Angeles (product placement by Cisco)
  • Rules of Engagement
  • Scrubs
  • Sleeper Cell
  • South Park
  • Star Trek
  • That ’70s Show
  • The Jetsons
  • The Simpsons
  • Two and a Half Men

Video Games:

  • Borderlands series
  • Command & Conquer series
  • Halo series
  • Half-Life 2: Episode 2
  • Resident Evil series
  • Splinter Cell: Conviction (product placement by Cisco)
  • The Witcher 2


  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Haunted from within

I hope you enjoyed our list of Telepresence in the media. If I spot something new, I will update the article as well and please feel encouraged to add comments below if you know other appearances that should be added to this list.

Updated: 06.05.2013

Cisco TelePresence in Michael Bay’s Transformers 3

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  • Noemi Bothner

    Thanks , I have just been looking for info approximately this subject for a while and yours is the best I’ve discovered till now.

    • Zulfiqar

      that’s a really cool tvriia thanks a lot! i like online conferences since i believe that it is really convenient and basically free (especially when you use skype). but with such information, i hope there would be more people considering such things.

  • Alex Dumpfree

    Telepresence Rocks! I just know it now. Great info post!

    • Takeria

      Many business porsens in sales or other sectors are hardly opposed to taking business trips. After all, travel is part of his core business. There is always the potential for an unproductive trip. In such a case, conferencing software should be used to meet potential clients over the Internet before ever stepping on to a plane. The goal of using video conferencing service should be not to try to eliminate trips, but rather to try and make them more productive. For little more than $500 a year, online meeting software can do just that. But as this trend continues to grow, web conferencing services may well become even more affordable.

  • Anne

    Does desktop videoconferencing count as telepresence? There’s a hilarious scene in “It’s Complicated” involving Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin.

    • Christopher Isak

      Hi Anne
      It definately counts! Let me add it now and thanks a lot for mentioning this one!

      Kind regards,

    • Abbey

      Hope cisco will bring more changes to the thipmhu techpark..Banglore is a great city for the IT and now with the help of cisco and NIIT i hope bhutan can learn a lot trough their noble ideas .

  • IMDB Fan

    Seems legit :)

  • Joshua Price

    The Good Wife had a worker in last season who was using the same robot that NCIS LA used this week.

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