Archive for December, 2004

Blinkx, Yahoo for Video, and the WSJ

Saturday, December 18th, 2004

BlinkX, which launched last week, offers the closest approximation to “google for television” that’s been done so far. It’s based on what was Virage, and offers access to 42,000 hours of video from CNN, C-Span, NBC, the BBC, Fox, and ten other networks. One interesting thing: Blinkx tells the Wall Street Journal that “fair [...]

Lockergnome on VHS to DVD Conversion

Monday, December 13th, 2004

Lockergnome has a new tutorial out on converting VHS to DVD. It’s aimed at consumers who have technical skills, but it’s potentially interesting to amateur archivists. The growing availability of commodity hardware capable of digitizing streams should help drive down the price of migration, but the world is still waiting for a definitive cookbook of [...]

Reuters, CNN, and Rocketboom

Sunday, December 12th, 2004

Stu Gannes points out that Reuters is moving into broadcasting news video on the web in a big way, and is quickly adding improvements to its services.
Contrast that with CNN’s $12.95 per month service for access to its news. In the newspaper business, only the Wall Street Journal has been successful [...]

Mainstreaming BitTorrent

Sunday, December 12th, 2004

One of Yahoo’s top 25 most emailed stories today is about BitTorrent, and Hollywood’s response to it.
The speed at which television programs are being digitized and being made available via BitTorrent is astonishing. In 1996, few sound archivists would have been believed that most of the world’s commercially available recorded music would be digitized and [...]

IPTV Conference in March, in London

Monday, December 6th, 2004

InformITV is reporting on the IPTV Worldforum, which will be happening in London on March 8 & 9 next year.

More Google for Video

Wednesday, December 1st, 2004

CNET ran yet another piece on progress by Google, Microsoft and Yahoo towards creating multimedia search engines and making deals with content owners so that there is something to find.
Some extracts:
As nearly 30 million U.S. households get wired with broadband Internet, more people are getting comfortable using multimedia online, giving TV audiences [...]

Online Video and the Future of Broadcasting