Monthly Archives: April 2008

VancouverIAM.com Locally-Created Internet TV and Online Video Journalism


VancouverIAM.com is
set to change the way internet TV and video journalism is created and the way Vancouverites
interact with and view their city. VancouverIAM.com is a unique online platform and
new destination for people who want to know what’s going on in Vancouver. It provides
Vancouverites with the tools and support to become video journalists, Internet TV
and film producers, and active commentators on local politics and everyday issues
about life in Vancouver. VancouverIAM.com is also providing specialized Internet TV
channels to a range of local organizations that already include Vancouver Film School,
Greenpeace Canada, Women in Film & Television Vancouver and the Vancouver Whitecaps
FC.

“VancouverIAM.com is changing the media landscape by promoting locally created and
locally focused Internet TV and video journalism,” said VancouerIAM.com creator George
Fleming. “With the IAM websites, user-generated content is taking a major step towards
challenging mainstream media. With low-cost HD video cameras and easy-to-use editing
software now widely available, mainstream media production values are now accessible
to anyone with a few hundred dollars and a computer.”

Two of VancouverIAM.com’s most unique components are its educational and mentoring
programs designed to support both amateur and professional video producers, while
also bringing Vancouver’s growing local Internet TV and indie film production community
together, and providing them with a place to showcase and promote their content.

VancouverIAM.com’s Video Journalism Program supports the development and production
of cutting-edge, local video journalism by local citizen reporters and film, new media
and journalism students. The IAM Network Fund assists media producers and students
in the creation of original Internet TV series.

“Citizen Journalists are the new recorders of history and their message matters,”
said Fleming. “VancouverIAM.com presents local stories and stories from locals in
a way that mainstream media and other online sites can not support. We want Vancouverites
to use VancouverIAM.com to discuss, debate and rant about local issues and explore
what their city has to offer in a whole new way.”

Over the next year, the IAM Network is planning to launch websites in cities across
North America, followed by key international locations. TorontoIAM.com and SeattleIAM.com
are both set to go live before the end of the June.

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Report: IP Multicast with Applications to IPTV and Mobile DVB-H

Research and Markets has announced the
addition of “IP
Multicast with Applications to IPTV and Mobile DVB-H
” to their offering.

This book provides a concise guide to current IP Multicast technology and its applications,
with a focus on IPTV and Digital Video Broadcast-Handheld applications—areas of tremendous
commercial interest. Traditional phone companies can use IP Multicast technology to
deliver video services over their networks; cell phone companies can use it to stream
video to handheld phones and PDAs; and many cable TV companies are considering upgrading
to IP technology. In addition to applications in industries seeking to provide high-quality
digital video and audio, there are numerous other practical uses: multi-site corporate
videoconferencing; broad distribution of financial data, stock quotes, and news bulletins;
database replication; software distribution; and content caching.

After an introduction that gets readers up to speed on the basics, IP Multicast with
Applications to IPTV and Mobile DVB-H:

  • Discusses multicast addressing for payload and payload forwarding
  • Covers routing in a variety of protocols, including PIM-SM, CBT, PIM-DM, DVMRP, and
    MOSPF
  • Discusses multicasting in IPv6 environments and Multicast Listener Discovery
  • Features examples of IP Multicast applications in the IPTV and mobile DVB-H environments
  • Includes reference RFCs and protocols placed in the proper context of a commercial-grade
    infrastructure for the delivery of robust, entertainment-quality linear and nonlinear
    video programming

This is a concise, compact reference for practitioners who seek a quick, practical
review of the topic with an emphasis on the major and most often used aspects of the
technology. It serves as a hands-on resource for engineers in the communications industry
or Internet design, content providers, and researchers. It’s also an excellent text
for college courses on IP Multicast and/or IPTV.

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Hamish on travels

Not much of interest at web2.0 conf in SF seams the dotcom boom is slowing – lots of big talk but not much innervation – still lots of money running around though…

Am a few hours north of SF, found a nice abandoned house overlooking the pacific surrounded by pine trees and redwoods, have been camping out there for the last few days – meet a nice Austrian cuppale in the VW camper van who I invited to stay – its sunny but windy.

The sea lians and deer are friendly, the volutes and eagles cureas – the is a beautiful turfed sapphire blue bird with a crest who comes and eats my bread creambs.

My solar editing system is giving me trubbale- think the sun is too strong here so editing going slow.

Next big stop Portland…

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Geo Trouble

Now, I know that Wales has its own version of the UK Channel 4, but it seems that Channel 4′s 4OD service has decided that I’m not living in the UK or Ireland.

Now, I did sleep rather well last night so could have missed the uprising in the street as my countrymen achieve independence and cast themselves adrift from the British Isles, but I doubt if this was the case.

A far more likely explanation is that Channel 4′s geo-targeting database has gone awry.

Now, I do run Tor, the geospoofing application, but I restarted my router and PC and switched off Tor and could still not gain access. http://www.ip-lookup.net/ clearly tells me that I’m in the UK, so either a cookie has blocked me or the problem is an ongoing one.

It made me ask – is there a better way to geo-restrict content, since all content providers seem to be under the misapprehension that restricting their content by territory is a good thing to do.

Current geo-restrictions tend to use a database lookup either using a downloaded database or a web service. There are problems with this. For example, my wife works for an American corporation therefore has a US IP address, which is great for watching Hulu, but not very good if you want to use her PC for the BBC iPlayer.

Also, the database is being continually changed, so it’s easy to come a cropper. The move from IPv4 to IPv6 is likely to make things even worse in the short term, although should improve matters in the longer terms.

Another issue with this approach is that major service providers such as AOL can assign their IPs to users from another country, thus causing content to be blocked locally.

Some other alternative are:

To trust the user (!)

To use a credit card as a key-in device

To use location based authentication on a mobile phone

To use the ISP to authenticate a location

Or, to give in and recognise that we live and operate in a global market and virtual barriers are as welcome as the return of the Berlin Wall.

Anyhow, enough on geo-targeting, I must dig my old TV set out of the storeroom so that I can watch Countdown on Channel 4!

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Free content delivery network from Volocix

Global on-demand video delivery, file download and website acceleration have been made available free of charge as part of the Velocix Accelerator digital delivery service.
The new service is aimed at the growing number of entrepreneurs and new start-up ventures, as well as larger organisations wishing to distribute rich media such as video, music, games and [...]

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