From Jim Gilliam's blog archivesFCC chairman chats up internet television
September 15, 2004 3:50 PM
Michael Powell, speaking to reporters earlier today: "Almost every major phone company I'm aware of has an initiative underway to begin to try to plug the hole with partnerships with satellite-delivered video but what they're really working on is broadband-delivered IP television. That's a major component that's moving fast."
TV over IP is already happening from the grassroots, but it's really messy. Gary Lerhaupt of Torrentocracy has software that works with MythTV (linux software for homebrew Tivos) and BitTorrent. He's quite committed to legal uses of this, and was very helpful getting Outfoxed up.
Every day, the latest commercial TV programs are digitized beautifully by underground groups that hang out on IRC channels like #tvtorrents. Azureus will monitor those RSS feeds for keywords and immediately download whatever you've asked it to. So the next day those shows are sitting on your hard drive looking great, albeit technically illegal. Although it seems rather moot since most of it's broadcast or cable television already paid for with a $50 cable bill or satellite subscription.
But there's still no slick way to suck this stuff into a person's TV set. My Tivo can see all the music and photos sitting on my hard drive, but it deliberately ignores all the video. The simplest way to get video onto a TV is with a TV-capable video card, which requires some proximity to the computer and getting up off the couch.
Once things shake out, internet television will strip the power away from distributors of content and put it into the creator's hands, as the internet has already done for text and audio.
FCC chairman chats up internet television (09.15.2004)
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