Dennis Haarsager's rolling environmental scan for electronic media. "Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us." --Jerry Garcia "Wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then." --Bob Seger
LiveStation is new software platform that enables live television channels and radio stations to be broadcast efficiently over the internet. ... [I]t is designed to provide live streaming, rather than video on demand... ¶ LiveStation is being developed by a London company called Skinkers, based on technology from Microsoft Research in Cambridge, England. ... The peer-to-peer system provides the basis of the Skinkers Live Delivery Network, an enterprise-class platform designed for the efficient delivery of real-time data. LiveStation is one of the first applications to be built on this software infrastructure. ...
Because of a large increase in the amount of comment spam posted on this blog -- most of it probably done by machines -- I've decided to turn on TypePad's authentication feature. I value legitimate comments, so regret to have to put you through this extra step.
Well, I just got around to testing this and, instead of having you identify a graphically displayed word, it makes you register. That's too much to ask, so I'm going back to the moderated version and just keep deleting the 10-15 spam comments per day. Arghh.
Here is Sondra Russell's latest New Media News Digest. She works for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and writes the following News Digest on an almost weekly basis. Used here with permission. Her email address is srussell [at] cpb [dot] org. --Dennis
> The top story this time is that the MacArthur foundation is exploring virtual worlds. Why is this story top news for public broadcasters? Because the MacArthur foundation is a major supporter of public broadcasting, and the foundation’s interest in Second Life might inspire a forward-thinking station to try something in the virtual world space as well.
> The think piece this time is that it’s time for some “summer reading”
. As things slow down at the office this month and next, I invite you to spend a little time exploring sites that are getting lots of media attention but that aren’t necessarily on your list of frequently visited. Two good sources: the 50 best web sites according to Time Magazine, and the Compete Attention 200. The former is an annual collection of outstanding sites in five different categories, ranging from Arts & Leisure to Web Services. The latter is a list of the top 200 sites that U. S. users are paying the most attention to this month. In the “no surprises here” category, they both feature a lot of social networking sites.
New Media News Digest, June 19th – July 12th, 2007
Foundation With Real Money Ventures Into Virtual World From the NYT: "For the first time, one of the nation’s largest foundations [The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation] is venturing into virtual worlds to play host to activities and discussions and explore the role that philanthropy might play.”
This special feature categorizes interesting sites into “Arts & Leisure”, “Audio & Video”, “News & Information”, “Social Networks”, and “Web Services”.
The Next Net: NBBC Becomes National Bye-Bye Company From Business 2.0: "The short-lived National Broadband Company (NBBC), NBC-Universal's attempt to create a TV syndication network for the Web is now being sucked into the NBC-Fox joint venture to create a YouTube competitor.Â Thus NBBC joins the deadpool
Sony Airs Paired-down Versions of Classic Shows from ClickZNews: "Sony Pictures Television is airing paired-down versions of its classic shows on MySpace. The name reflects the three- to five-minute length of each Web episode, which is edited down from half-hour and one-hour shows."
TiVo, Amazon to sell movies straight to TV sets From Reuters: "TiVo Inc. on Tuesday said many of its customers can now order pay-per-view movies and television shows from Amazon.com's download service directly from their TV, without a personal computer."
Judges clear way for higher Internet radio royalties From the LA Times: "A federal appeals court panel has declined to delay a substantial increase in royalties that Internet radio stations owe for playing music, clearing the way for the hike to begin on Sunday."
SoundExchange offers compromise to large webcasters SoundExchange, the group set up to collect royalties for performers and record companies, said it has reached out to the Digital Media Association (DiMA) and proposed a voluntary cap on the minimum fees for music played over the Web.
Lala's Free Streaming Goes Dark At first, the new service was slow but workable, and I gave Wilco's new Sky Blue Sky a spin. Very slick. Then came the day the music died. Users notices the disappearance first."
For legal advice relating to the July 15th effective date for the Copyright Royalty Board rate decision, broadcasters should consult their own communications law attorneys. Public radio managers should also consult information sent out late last week on the A-Reps list and to Station Resource Group members. Having said that, David Oxenford of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP has prepared a very useful overview of the situation. Link: Broadcast Law Blog. Thanks to Stephen Hill for the tip.
Also see John Paczkowski's, Web Broadcasters Postpone Plans for 'Milennium of Silence.'Link: Digital Daily (All Things Digital).
Updated 16 July 2007: More from Gordon Finlayson, Webcasters wake up Monday to an uncertain future. Link: DownloadSquad.
And from Eric Bangeman, SoundExchange offers temporary reprieve on 'Net radio royalty increase, Link: Ars Technica. --Dennis
I always look forward to Terry Heaton's wise essays in a series he entitles "TV News in a Postmodern World" (though I'll confess that I don't know what postmodern means in this context, and the points he makes are valid well beyond TV news). His new one, with the title above, is well worth your time. Link: Terry Heaton's PoMo Blog.
Nearly half (47%) of all adult Americans now have a high-speed
internet connection at home, according to a February 2007 survey
conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. The
percentage of Americans with broadband at home has grown from 42% in
early 2006 and 30% in early 2005. Among individuals who use the
internet at home, 70% have a high-speed connection while 23% use
¶ The 12% growth rate from 2006 to 2007 represents trails the 40%
increase in the 2005 to 2006 timeframe, when many people in the
middle-income and older age groups acquired home broadband connections. ...
... On the Internet, does live TV even matter any more? The TV schedule is
a product of the historical limitations of broadcast television, where
you have to broadcast the same shows to everyone at the same time. But
those limitations are falling away. Even in cable and satellite TV,
the growth of pay-per-view and on-demand channels proves that if you
give consumers more choices, they will grab them. The Internet is the
ultimate on-demand television system, where the choices of what to
watch and when have no practical limits. ...
A lot of us have held up WKRN, Nashville's ABC affiliate, as an example of a station that really got it. Former GM Mike Sechrist hired the best consultants -- Gordon Borrell, Terry Heaton and Michael Rosenblum -- and put together innovative local news and community-centric web entries. However, Mike and some of the other architects of this exemplary effort are now out, casting a shadow over these innovations. Michael Malone has the story. Link: Broadcasting & Cable. --Dennis