Archive for May, 2005

MPAA’s Glickman on the Broadcast Flag

Monday, May 30th, 2005

I’m a little late pointing this editorial by the MPAA’s CEO Dan Glickman, which concludes “In the end, it will be the consumers who suffer the most if the broadcast flag is not mandated for the digital era.” But consumers aren’t asking for the broadcast flag. Neither are independent video producers, librarians, or archivists. Glickman […]

The Next Bubble

Monday, May 23rd, 2005

Venture investing is often about fashion, and this clearly the season for television. One marker of that is press coverage. The latest Release 1.0 is all about television, with coverage of eight companies (including Akimbo, Brightcove, and TiVo). Last week, the Associated Press ran a much shorter but similar piece, complete with quotes from Gartner, […]

Senate Hearings Include Discussion of VNR Archive

Tuesday, May 17th, 2005

The Senate Commerce Committee hearing on S. 967 and pre-packaged news makes for interesting viewing. If you fast forward to 1:12:50, there is a discussion led by Senator Kerry with Commissioner Adelstein of the FCC about the possibility of creating a VNR archive — they seem to like the idea. Senator Kerry: Last question is […]

Peter Kaufman’s Talk at the Creative Archive

Wednesday, May 11th, 2005

For some good thinking about the role of archives in the production of documentaries, and how open production initiatives might do for moving images what open source has done for software, check out my friend Peter Kaufman’s talk at the BBC Creative Archive. This is the future of (high quality) television.

Authenticity, smchauthenticity: PR industry maven discusses video search, VNRs

Wednesday, May 11th, 2005

Ian Lipner has written a nice explanation of online video for PR professionals. He’s also written about VNRs; don’t miss the bit about pig farmers and bacon.

Playing Chicken Over the Broadcast Flag

Monday, May 9th, 2005

Last week’s court ruling against the broadcast flag is great news for archivists, librarians, the public, and technology companies. The fight against DRM on the public airwaves isn’t over though. Broadcasters will be pursuing legislative solutions — it is always easier and cheaper to buy congressional support than to change monopolistic business models — and […]

Mobuzz TV

Thursday, May 5th, 2005

MobuzzTV is another new production company cum broadcast network using the Internet to route around established channels of program distribution. Video programming isn’t only moving from RF to IP, but also from IP to RF. As with Rocketboom, the Mobuzz is doing a short (3 minute) daily show. It’s interesting to see people wrestle with […]

Interview with Google’s Director of Video

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005

Richard Koman has an interesting interview with Jennifer Feikin, Google’s director of video. As with Brightcove, Open Media Network, Lulop, and others, the plan is to create a new market for video content: The plan is to allow content owners to charge for their video content. When you upload content you’re asked to specify a […]

The Truth in Broadcasting Act

Monday, May 2nd, 2005

No, it’s not an oxymoron. Last week, Senators Kerry and Lautenberg introduced the Truth in Broadcasting Act, which is intended to “to protect the American people from covert propaganda produced by the government.” Written in response to the video news releases produced by PR firms for the Bush administration, the bill would require all broadcasts […]

Online Video and the Future of Broadcasting