ETech – Taking Back TelevisionPosted: March 15, 2005
What is television? A collection of transports, a format involving synced picture and sound, an activity. Opening up distribution channels to any interested party is the goal. Original access issues: airwaves as public trust, multiplicity of voices–solutions public broadcasting, cable must carry laws, public access. low power licensees. Problems for emerging technologies: access to a dev environment, standards, cut cable operators in on revenues.
What’s the solution to this? An open media platform. 1) need a set-top box (it’s a low end PC, tuner card, NTSC output, software–linux, mozilla for middleware, Mplayer and Mplayer plug-in, digital content recorder). 2) need an electronic program guide (content and transport agnostic, user controlled, open to any interested party).
Problems with traditional iTV (because of latency, slow modem, weak browsers, interrupting “viewer experience”).
More information at posm.tv.