getting videoblogs to people on their couches

Ive been obsessed lately with how to reach people on their couches.
so i asked a guy i know to write us a description of the landscape we're in.
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Well, Obviously this is all very timely as the
BlogTorrent (formerly battle torrent) project is in
the works. The goals of this new software will be to
simplify the whole bittorrent experience. No ETA, yet.
It will be cross-platform (Mac & PC). It is set to
simplify the publishing, but consuming on TV is a
whole other thing.

The ideal, I believe, is a way to sit on the couch,
select from blogs the content you want to get, and
browse through stuff that you already downloaded.

To do this, there is also another niche of nerds and
that is the Home Theater PC or (HTPC). Think of these
guys as doing TiVO like stuff in all kinds of custom
and crazy ways with a computer. Some make custom
systems as contractors for home theaters.

The closest I've seen is that there is Linux software
that will let you control BitTorrent from your living
room, and browse blog content. But on the PC there are
several that let you simply browse blog content on TV
as well. I hope to be able with one of the
Windows-based software packages to load up a media
player on the TV when I spot video or audio in a blog
post.

The HTPC people are working from the other end of the
spectrum: media formats.

I've talked some with the WebJay (online media
playlists from blogs!) guy and he knows intimately
that the choice of media formats (Real, QT, Windows
Media, DiVX, Xvid, and all those others) is also a
problem for convergence of P2P media. It is hard to
find software that works with all of these formats,
and it is hard to connect. I think the WebJay guy is
the closest to solving the most far-reaching and
toughest problems.
(this is Lucas Gonze, who's on in our group..Jay)

So, my call to action, is for everyone to brush up on
their search engine skills, and dive in! If you're
technical enough to blog and post video, I imagine you
can contribute at least *something* to a lot of these
communities. Who knows? Experiment.

th0m


Jay Dedman
Manhattan Neighborhood Network
537 West 59th
NY NY 10019
212 757 2670 ext.312
www.mnn.org