Archive for October, 2004

How Does Ephemera Become Evidence?

Friday, October 29th, 2004

It seems unlikely the cameraman ever expected this footage to become evidence in the presidential campaign. As with the Edwards – Cheney meeting that didn’t happen until a video of the event was produced, access to old video footage initially judged unimportant has gone on to affect public discourse at a national level. Video Shows [...]

Visibility into the LC’s Off-air Archiving

Thursday, October 28th, 2004

The Copyright Office of the Library of Congress has published new regulations regarding its own off-air recording practices. A key point in the rules comes as a result of comments by the NAB. Specifically, the new regs require “the Library to maintain on its Web site, at, for audio recordings, or, for audiovisual [...]

NBC Chief on Copyright

Thursday, October 28th, 2004

Corante is reporting on NBC chief Robert Wright’s plea for more copyright protection. According to Broadcasting and Cable, Wright suggests: 1. Support a house Judiciary Committee package of antipiracy bills “currently in limbo”. 2. Find some compromise in the Senate Judiciary Committee on the so-called induce legislation targeted at peer-to-peer file sharing. 3. Support Attorney [...]

Signs of the Times

Tuesday, October 26th, 2004

The New York Times is running a popup survey asking users about their Internet video viewing habits. It looks very much like a prelude to more video on the NYT site. Now, if all the major publishers can be convinced to go with MPEG rather than Real…

GWU Report on Independent Political Videos

Thursday, October 21st, 2004

George Washington University’s Institute for Politics, Democracy & the Internet has a new report about the impact of political videos on the net, including a very interesting library of various ads. This collection differs from The Livingroom Candidate because it consists of items developed for the Web.

Dutch Public TV into the Public Domain?

Thursday, October 21st, 2004

Rick Prelinger forwarded this rather hopeful piece from about the determination of Dutch parliamentarians’ efforts to get public broadcasters in The Netherlands to release images made with public funds into the public domain. To the extent this is fallout from recent decisions at the BBC, it shows there is some potential to create a [...]

ViDe 2005, Digital Video Conference, March 28-31

Thursday, October 21st, 2004

From the announcement: “Over 200 educators, librarians, archivists, technologists and policymakers will gather in Atlanta, Georgia, March 28-31, 2005 to discuss a broad range of issues relating to the development and deployment of video-over-IP in higher education. The SURA/ViDe Conference is one of the largest, most comprehensive and most lively annual events in the field. [...]

Gates: Broadcasting Doomed

Monday, October 18th, 2004

Well, sort of. Informitv’s summary of Bill Gates’s comments on why and how broadcasting will change are provocative (Informitv’s headline is “Bill Gates predicts broadcasting will be irrelevant.”) Main points: linear schedules will go away, content producers will want to connect more directly with viewers, ad models will shift as content is narrowcasted, DRM is [...]

Mr. Stewart Goes to Washington

Saturday, October 16th, 2004

Jon Stewart’s appearance on Crossfire has been widely blogged, BitTorrented, and mirrored. Stewart’s plea that broadcasters take their responsibilities to provide news more seriously clearly resonated with the studio audience, and which is not evident from the transcript. There are lessons here for television archivists. Easily accessible archives of television news can inform public debate, [...]

Gallup Poll Daily Webcast

Monday, October 11th, 2004

The Washington Post reports on the Gallup Poll’s eight minute daily newscast about its latest polling date. It’s interesting to see more specialized news broadcasts making it onto the web – but who’s curating the archive of this?

State of the C-SPAN Archives

Monday, October 11th, 2004

Matthew May urges the administration at Purdue University to bring the C-SPAN archives back on campus in this editorial in the campus paper. It follows a similar piece that appeared last month. While the state of the C-SPAN archives is important, the fight over how to manage and fund them speaks to the challenge archivists [...]

Archive of Presidential Campaign Commercials

Wednesday, October 6th, 2004

It’s been up for a while, but the American Museum of the Moving Image’s collection of presidential campaign commercials, The Living Room Candidate, is a great example of the kind of archival television service useful for students, historians, and scholars. There’s a discussion of the relevant copyright issues at Ernie Miller’s site.

Slashdot: Roll Your Own Television Network Using Bittorrent

Wednesday, October 6th, 2004

The open source movement wants to build a new televsion broadcasting system, and it looks like it might not be that hard. There’s a long discussion at Slashdot about the feasibility of creating Internet-based television networks based on BitTorrent, with links back to two excellent and impassioned postings by Mark Pesce, along with additional comments [...]

New BBC Whitepaper on Television Archiving

Sunday, October 3rd, 2004

BBC R&D has a new whitepaper on television archiving, Archiving Interactive Digital Television, that focuses on “as-transmitted” i.e. off-air archiving. It describes an architecture for archiving MPEG-2 streams, and notes that little has been done towards archiving interactive content. The conclusion is spot on: Capturing MPEG-2 transport streams is technologically simple and can generally be [...]

Google for Video from IBM, BBC, CNN & Getty

Friday, October 1st, 2004

ZDnet reports on IBM’s Marvel, a search engine that may not be complete for 3-5 years, but which promises to be able to classify video and audio content for concept based searches. IBM is working with CNN, the BBC, and Getty on to create a vocabulary of search terms. Two thoughts on this: it would [...]

Consumer Video Subscription Services Over IP Networks Worth ~$5 bn in 2008?

Friday, October 1st, 2004

Given the horrors inflicted on scholarly users of archival television footage by trade associations run amuck, it’s sometimes tempting to discount market approaches to making old footage easily accessible. And seeing the wasteland of sports and porn, rather than news, become the driving forces in the market for IP TV may be cause for despair. [...]

Online Video and the Future of Broadcasting