Archive for October, 2005

Google and Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Provide Access to Historic Television Archives

Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

I hate to just reprint a press release, but this is really cool. I’m hoping the the Emmys — particularly the news broadcast segments — won’t be too far behind.

Microsoft, Norway’s State Television Archives, Liars, and Communists

Monday, October 17th, 2005

The Good: The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation is making 20,000 video clips and the output of 12 radio stations available online. The company is clearly exploring other options, but it’s starting with Microsoft. The Bad: NBC isn’t using open formats yet. The Ugly: Cory Doctorow’s thoughtful critique Norway’s public broadcaster sells out taxpayers to Microsoft: Look [...]

An Update from the EFF About the Broadcast Flag

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

This has been in my queue for a couple of days. The broadcast flag threatens to make archiving digital television very difficult, if not impossible. The EFF is asking for people to write to congress about this. ======== Stopping the Signal: Broadcast Flag Update #2 October 10, 2005 Not long ago we updated you on [...]

LofC Selects Media Matters’ SAMMA for AV Digitization

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

This is an important announcement, so I’m going to reprint the press release in its entirety. The Library of Congress’s selection of SAMMA not only makes it clear that Media Matters is the most important vendor in this market, but seems likely to give a big boost to JPEG 2000, which is favored by Media [...]

James Boyle on the Broadcasting and Webcasting Treaty

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

James Boyle had a great piece in the Financial Times about the webcast treaty, which will give archivists another layer of rights to contend with as they attempt to preserve and make accessible what is shown on television, whether it is via traditional broadcast networks or the Internet.

Rodney King Redux

Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

The beating by police of a 64-year old former schoolteacher has been all over the net recently, along with stories of intimidation of the AP camera crew. This event would never have “happened” if it weren’t caught on tape, and while the focus is now properly on New Orleans officials, it’s good to see the [...]

A Short Roundup of Recent News

Thursday, October 6th, 2005

The Archival TV / Intelligent Television conference last week has sparked numerous post-conference discussions. There will be a followup in January in Boston, and I hope to have some presentations from last week up Real Soon. Yesterday, Al Gore offered a provocative riff about the nature of television at the Media Center, which was transcribed [...]

Online Video and the Future of Broadcasting