Archive for January, 2006

More About the Economics of Open Content

Monday, January 30th, 2006

The videos from the Economics of Open Content meeting last week should be up soon. In the meantime, there have been a number of good summaries and trip reports. The Future of Book has some of the most extensive coverage. We also got a nice mention on BoingBoing, and a session description from Mary Hodder. [...]

Conference on the Economics of Open Content

Friday, January 20th, 2006

The conference next week on the economics of open content is still just below the radar, but if you’re reading this, it’d be great to see you there. We’ll be recording the proceedings, and making them publicly available. And we’ll see how far we can go towards some definitions of what open means, how content [...]

Andy Oram on the Problem with Webcasting

Sunday, January 15th, 2006

Andy Oram has an article up on on the O’Reilly site about the potential effects of the webcasting treaty. There’s a new restriction on content waiting in the wings–a “webcaster’s right” that allows websites to control the dissemination of content they put up. With this new privilege, they’ll be able to prevent retransmission even if [...]

Upcoming Events for 2006

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

It’s conference planning time; I’d be interested in hearing from people about other conferences that matter. Some events that look interesting include: 1/23-24, Boston, The Economics of Open Content (A follow on to the Future of Television conference in September) 1/31, New York, Digital Commerce Summit 1/24-26, Las Vegas, NATPE 2006 Conference & Exhibition 3/10-11, [...]

Dennis Haarsager on Public Broadcasting 2.0

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

Dennis Haarsager has a thoughtful paper up on the future of public broadcasting, shaped in part by his experiences with the Open Media Network, a DRM-based distribution scheme that a number of PBS stations are using.

1960s Sci-fi Collections

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

We Make Money Not Art links to two collections of clips from television sci-fi series made in the 1960s. The collection of clips from UFO has a discussion of futuristic fashions is particularly good. The collection of Ultraman clips is marred by YouTube’s giant logo. These images of the future provide a fantastic view into [...]

Comparing Online Video Services

Monday, January 9th, 2006

Michael Arrington’s comparison of the different FlickR clones covers CastPost, ClipShack, DailyMotion, Grouper, Revver, OurMedia, Vimeo, vSocial, and YouTube. The comments mention another couple of dozen, and another good compilation at twenty-fifth dimension. All in all, it looks like there are now at least 50 services that are offering some variation on this theme.

Broadcasting & Cable on the New Deal

Saturday, January 7th, 2006

Broadcasting & Cable has a good article by Ben Grossman that notes some hard facts about online video, e.g. NBC U, for example, says that it will only generate about $10 million from iTunes sales in 2006—or the rough equivalent of ad revenues for one typical Thursday night on NBC. And Apple says it has [...]

Yet More Speculation About GYM

Friday, January 6th, 2006

The NYT speculates about the video plans of Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft. So does NPR’s Rick Karr, who has been doing solid reporting on these issues for a while. Still nothing on the video.google.com or video.yahoo.com pages though.

Cringely, WSJ on Google’s TV Ad and Download Plans

Thursday, January 5th, 2006

Bob Cringely (Mark Stephens) isn’t always right, but he’s almost always provocative. He’s got a rant up about Google video that’s worth a read. Excerpt: Google is an advertising company…How often do you see an ad on TV for something you’re currently in the market for? I’m guessing almost never. But imagine if everyone watching [...]

Online Video and the Future of Broadcasting