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Holmes Wilson Interviewed About Open-Source TV 37

flippy writes "Videoblogger Steve Garfield has a new interview with Holmes Wilson of Downhill Battle and Participatory Culture Foundation, talking about the F/OSS internet TV platform that Participatory Culture is developing and their recently released video publishing package, Broadcast Machine. Their RSS / BitTorrent / VLC application ("TiVo for the Internet") is expected to be released for Mac and Windows by the end of this month."
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Holmes Wilson Interviewed About Open-Source TV

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  • Just wait until the MPAA decides that this is somehow illegal, and tries to sue them out of business.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Everyone must still be on the Apple thread.

    So I wonder whether the remote possibility that we'll ever get useful IP multicast for video streams is going to be forgotten now that we have Bittorrent. I mean, at least BT is here and useful now.
    • No, it's just everyone trying to post a comment is getting 503'd. I think slashdot finally bit off more than it can chew in terms of visitors, the millions of rabid apple fanboys have managed to slashdot slashdot itself.
  • by Kwirl ( 877607 ) <> on Monday June 06, 2005 @02:53PM (#12739360)

    I love slashdot. comparing this service to or whatever...there should be a time-delay before posting is allowed.

    The first and obvious benefit of this service is that it lays a very solid groundwork for any future public defense of the bit torrent protocol. However, my initial happy world is crushed as I wonder what limits will be used to prevent us from basically hijacking cable programming to rebroadcast to the world free of charge?

    Quick, name the organization that is going to join the *IAA fight against piracy!

  • Intranet only? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Dare nMc ( 468959 )
    I am tempted to setup their Broadcast Machine on the company intranet, for the videos we share internally (I am at a remote location, with a T1 connection to the most viewers, who are all interconnected 100MB links)

    My question is, with the now torrentless operation of azures, protecting just the torrent file on the intranet, does the video immediatly become world accessable with the first viewing by any client, even if that is inside our VPN (with internet access)
  • I know that it's a term, but it doesn't make much sense like that. Perhaps "Peer-produced Television"?
  • "expected to be released for Mac and Windows"

    *sigh* What's the difference any more...

  • In the US, Public Access stations, for a number of years, have been giving people a voice within their own neighborhoods.

    Taking this model to the Internet, using technologies such as that mentioned in the article, will definitely enable much broader distribution channels (but not necessarily larger audiences).

    Now, of course, technology is just part of the solution. The real meat is in the content (same applies to podcasting, of course).

    One final thought - how long before we see Nielsen ratings for

  • <cheech-marin>Heyyyy, wassup, Holmes?</cheech-marin>
  • A little advice. (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Zangief ( 461457 ) on Monday June 06, 2005 @05:38PM (#12740964) Homepage Journal
    Do not call it "Open TV". Call it something else, even "Open Video Broadcasting System, that is in no way similar to TV".

    Because if they claim they have a TV system, soon the FCC will get regulation rights over it. It has just happened ot the guys of IP telephony...

    My 2 cents.
  • Copyright should be abolished. That's all I can say.

    Either that, or they should bring it back to the way it used to be, so that the rights of the public and the rights of the copyright holders are balanced. Things should go out of copyright after a good fifteen years or so.

    There are many reasons this is so. There have been many books published at the turn of the 1900's that you can buy today, brand new. Books with ingenius information about how various mechanical systems were constructed, etc. This i

  • by Animats ( 122034 ) on Monday June 06, 2005 @08:14PM (#12742375) Homepage
    Distribution is not the problem. Crappy content is the problem. There just isn't that much good amateur video around. In SF, you can go see this stuff at film festivals, and most of it is awful. Bay Aree Video Coalition and Artists Television Access have been providing facilities for making and editing video for decades now, and most of it still sucks. It is not a technology problem. It's a creative problem.

    There are already sites that will host your video for free, and cheap commercial hosting services that don't charge for bandwidth. If your stuff has any merit at all, it's not hard to get it hosted. Unless it's porno, you probably won't get that many viewers. The Internet Archive has vast amounts of video, but few people watch it.

    Bittorrent only works well because many of the users are pirating the same stuff, yielding economies of scale.

  • It would be great if there were a video version of blogging software. Something that would make it possible for non-techies to create their own video-blog with just a digital camera and access to the Internet. Most of the material would be drivel; but the stuff that would be good would be very good indeed.
  • I find the name broadcasting machine to be missleading

    You can get the same functionality out of this software as wordpress or any other blogging software.

    My definition of a program call Broadcasting machine would be something that includes: Video editing, Live video switches/faders and broadcast servers

    Thats what i esentially what i need need with our own project []

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