Once again, I've been remiss in keeping up with all the information out there, but here are some of the more recent and interesting links.
Salon (subscription or watch an ad) has a story that explains the benefits of broadcatching quite well (Must-download TV). An excellent introduction to the subject. PVR Blog has some interesting comments on the article (BitTorrent and RSS):
Media demand is global but the content providers have yet to develop a business model to effectively provide that media to a global audience, and thus the lovers of the content have to "break laws" to watch their favorite shows. It is, as the hackneyed phrase goes, "a lose-lose" (in the sense that the content providers perceive that demand as theft and the content viewers often cannot get what they want when they want it legally.)
I agree. This should be
KTYP has produced an RSS feed for broadcast television (Bootleg RSS: TV Edition). Due to popular demand the feeds are not currently available, but should be back soon. This is a no-brainer for television broadcasters who have a clue.
The New York Times has an article on several of the movie download website (An Online Supplier for Your Desktop Cineplex). The article fails to note concepts like RSS support, P2P downloading or being able to shift from PC to television. In other words, the article is clueless.
Marc Canter has a couple of links to stories about TiVo and Strangeberry, a startup TiVo acquired earlier this year (TiVO and Strangeberry). Details aren't exactly clear, but there Strangeberry might include some broadcatching functionality. I would definitely be interested in learning more.
Poynter.org has a tantalizing reference to a recent study on the potential for video-via-internet, what the study calls "Internet Bypass" (The Changing Economics of Internet Video). via Technology360
Telepocalypse has a very interesting meditation on the future of TiVo that provides some insight into the future of broadcatching as well (Internet didn't kill the video star). Well worth reading.
The Internet Archive now has more than 300 feature films available (Internet Archive: Feature Films). Who will be the first to combine these with an RSS/Broadcatch feed for MythTV?
As usual Lucas Gonze has a number of interesting posts that concern broadcatching (vBlog Central to www: go away):
Over on the nascent vBlog Central video blog hosting service, a vogger can have anything they might dream of except to be watched, because entries don't have URLs. The HTML has a URL, but the video URL is not only obscured, it's a one-use ID designed to prevent direct linking.
This makes it impossible to use vBlog videos in playlists, to make mashups, to point into them using start and stop times (and thus make them accessible to search engines), and to take advantage of the lazy web. It seems perfectly reasonable for any one video blogger to embrace those restrictions, but to do it for many or most of them will damage video blogging as a whole.
Gonze also notes that CBS News
has adopted playlists for their news pieces (CBS News implements playlists
). Imagine if they used an opensystem that anyone could create playlists with and could include other news sources.
One other post from Gonze, but you really should subscribe to his RSS feed (TiVo-like system for aggregated web-based compressed audio data).
Finally, JD Lasica touches on some broadcatching issues in the Industry Standard (Ready for the visual Web?).