Archive for July, 2006

Michael Geist on the CBC and DRM

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

Good posting on the CBC’s use of DRM: Inside the CBC, a new blog on the CBC, contains a discouraging post on the CBC Radio’s Internet streaming activities.  The posting includes background information on why the CBC streams with Windows media, explaining that it met the CBC’s four requirements, including the availability of digital rights [...]

Digital Archiving Revived With Archive-It 2.0, New Version of Web Archiving Service

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

There is a new version of Internet Archive’s Archive-It service, Archive-It 2.0: San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) July 26, 2006 — As information is increasingly digitally created, communicated and consumed, memory institutions such as archives, libraries and museums face a daunting task of preserving endless quantities of web material. Internet Archive has already recognized this challenge [...]

Azureus closes venture round

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

Via Digg: Azureus gets commercial funding Azureus received funding from BV Capital, which previously supported and peerflix. Azureus is working on a “content layer” where commercial downloads (think iTunes) will be available.

DRM now the ‘biggest issue’ in preserving information for the future

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

From Unmediated: DRM now the ‘biggest issue’ in preserving information for the future: The Guardian has an interview with Richard Masters, of the British Library’s digital objects management programme looking at the impact of technology on archiving. The usual worries about file formats, media incompatability and how to select what to preserve and what not [...]

Dabble Launches

Sunday, July 23rd, 2006

Dabble has launched. It’s something like for video, or a tv guide for all the different Internet video sites.

National Film Board of Canada puts 50 classic shorts online

Sunday, July 16th, 2006

Via “The National Film Board of Canada has put 50 of their brilliant animated short films on line for free viewing. The collection spans 60 years and includes Norman Mclaren’s groundbreaking experimental films from the 1950s and some of the most hilarious cartoons ever created (personal favorite, Richard Condie’s The Big Snit). The collection [...]

National Review writer surprised to nominated to CPB board

Friday, July 14th, 2006

From Romenesko: National Review writer surprised to nominated to CPB board: Los Angeles Times National Review Online contributor Warren Bell has described himself as “thoroughly conservative in ways that strike horror into the hearts of my Hollywood colleagues.” Recently nominated to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting board, Bell says he has no intention of letting [...]

Wikinews interviews Paul Gerhardt of the BBC Creative Archive

Tuesday, July 11th, 2006

Wikinews has an interview with Paul Gerhardt of the BBC Creative Archive. Two quotes are especially interesting: “We want people to make full use of this content, whether they cut and paste it or whether they share it, and we completely accept that we’ve got a bit of a contradiction at the moment by saying [...]

PR: BitTorrent Bulks Up Its Video Library

Tuesday, July 11th, 2006

BitTorrent’s library of licensed, copyrighted material is growing fast (disclosure: I am doing contract work for the company). Here’s a bit of yesterday’s news: BitTorrent Inks Deals With Hart Sharp Video, Image’s Egami Media, Koch and The Orchard SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 10, 2006–BitTorrent, Inc., home to the world’s leading peer-assisted file distribution platform, announced today [...]

BoingBoing: “Smart video makes fun of dumb MPAA warning”

Thursday, July 6th, 2006

BoingBoing Steve Anderson created a video that makes fun of the MPAA’s “You wouldn’t steal a handbag…” anti-piracy campaign, by focusing on the real pirates: the greedy creeps plundering everything that makes the US such a wonderful place. Link

Accel, Benchmark invest $15 million in Metacafe

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

Metacafe, yet another Flickr clone for video, but with good traffic stats, just raised a $15 million second round from Benchmark Capital and Accel Partners. The company is reported to broadcast about 300 million videos per month. Valuing startups on the last three months of traffic stats seems like a dubious investment practice. Unfunded video [...]

Online Video and the Future of Broadcasting