GenuineVC David Beisel's Perspective on Digital Change

April 15, 2005

Slashdot reports, “Video Distribution Platform Aiming to Kill TV.” The Participatory Culture Foundation (a new funded non-profit organization) is embarking on an open-source project to create a new platform for internet television and video.

While this effort may not kill television as we know it, my summary follows of it a simple equation: Bittorrent + RSS = Next Step in Video Publishing.

Take the power of distributing via Bittorrent technology, which disseminates the file-serving costs throughout the network, as opposed to on the back of the publisher. Then add the power of RSS in syndicating the content through a standard reception channel. The combination of these two creates a solid platform for true many-to-many video publishing. On the consuming end, while it’s not exactly as simple as turning on the TV and watching anything you could ever wish for, this project is taking a step in the right direction.

  • http://www.heliumknowledge.com/hk/bio.asp?user_id=128 Greg Gibson

    Add a personalized recommendation engine (a la TiVo) and a peer-filtering mechanism (so undiscovered producers can get visibility by the recommendation engine) and you’ll approach video nirvana.

  • http://www.heliumknowledge.com/hk/bio.asp?user_id=128 Greg Gibson

    Google announced a coming site where people can upload videos:

    http://www.internetweek.com/allStories/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=160403842

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