Archive for April, 2005

CNBC Erases All of its Enron Footage?

Wednesday, April 27th, 2005

In the discussion with the director, Alex Gibney, following a showing at the San Francisco Film Festival of Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, it came out that CNBC claims to have erased all of its coverage of Enron. It would be good to verify whether this is the case, but if true, it […]

Open Media, with DRM?

Tuesday, April 26th, 2005

The newly-announced Open Media Network bills itself as the future of public tv and radio, and looks something like OurMedia – producers can upload content and have it hosted for free. A system that uses the Internet for distribution and allows creative workers to be compensated for their sound and moving image productions could be […]

Wow! FCC Tells Broadcaster to Label VNRs

Friday, April 15th, 2005

Amazing: sponsorship rules are getting re-examined and the FCC is warning broadcasters to identify the source of video news releases. Of course, the counterpart to this action should be an examination not only of broadcasters’ practices, but also of the government practices which the GAO called illegal.

MIC Vendor Directory

Friday, April 15th, 2005

In addition to creating a union catalog of moving images, MIC is also creating a vendor directory. Jane Johnson writes: Just a reminder: we are planning to build a MIC Vendor Directory listing individuals and organizations supplying professional services and products for archival moving image collections. If you are a vendor, service provider, or potential […]

Seriousmagic’s Vlogit!

Tuesday, April 12th, 2005

Seriousmagic’s Vlog it! looks very similar to Varasoftware’s Videocue, but for the PC. The ability to have a dynamic background is nice advantage, though I suspect that will soon to be included in Videocue. The items produced by Vlog it!, hosted at, don’t work for Mac users running Safari, and require Firefox users to […]

BBC Creative Archive Launches

Monday, April 11th, 2005

Informitv has a good article today on the launch of the BBC’s Creative Archive, which will provide materials for non-commercial use and serve as a model for other archives in the U.K. that wish to provide enhanced access to their holdings.

Client Side Tools for Video News Production

Thursday, April 7th, 2005

Along with the new hosting services from the Internet Archive, Ourmedia, and Google, and the server-side video searching and selection services from companies like Yahoo, BlinkX, Google, and Feedster, there is a growing crop of new production tools. Some, such as Vided, are server-based, and oriented towards assembly and transcoding. But the one that has […]

Google’s plans to host video, and what it might mean for TV

Wednesday, April 6th, 2005

Bandwidth and storage have dropped to the point where it’s possible to think about hosting video for free. Google plans to start doing so soon and the Internet Archive, which has been doing so for a couple of years, now has a spiffy new front end with Still image services such as Flickr and […]

Kuro5hin’s Paean to C-SPAN

Wednesday, April 6th, 2005

Kuro5hin has a nice write-up about C-SPAN today. C_SPAN’s American Political Archive provides access to past footage as well as to radio programs, and is quite interesting to browse, though unfortunately it’s using Real for encoding rather than an open standard.

IndTV Launches as

Tuesday, April 5th, 2005

IndTV is now calling itself, and planning an August 1 launch. From AP: Gore Launches TV Channel for Young Viewers Tue Apr 5, 8:11 AM ET By BETH FOUHY, Associated Press Writer SAN FRANCISCO – Al Gore has a plan for luring the Internet generation back to television: make it more participatory by having […]

Panorama Ephemera

Monday, April 4th, 2005

The New York Times reviews Panorama Ephemera. Congratulations Rick!

Online Video and the Future of Broadcasting