IPTV

For the last few weeks it has really sunk in. A major shift in media is underway. News so far this week:

Apple announces that NBC is joining the downloading lineup on iTunes. Apple has sold 3 million videos since it launched the new iPod video player in October. The new NBC lineup will allow users to download 11 new shows such as Law & Order, The Office, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Just $1.99 a show. Shows from Sci-Fi Network and USA Network, both affiliated with NBC, also will be available.

CNN announces Pipeline. Up to 4 video streams of breaking news directly to you via IP. Subscription based @ $2.95/month. Unbundled cable has arrived.

Mediaweek is reporting that at the UBS 33rd Annual Global Media Conference in New York, Ross Levinsohn, president of Fox Interactive Media, said that the original Family Guy episodes will be distributed on, MySpace.com and IGN.com, as well as Fox.com next year.

I am sure I might be missing one or two announcements. They seem to be coming everyday now…

I was introduced to http://gbstv.info today by Todd over on the Yahoo Videoblogging forum. They have the seed of an idea here: The GBStv play list is built solely of user submitted videos. Users must first convert their submissions to Nullsoft’s .nsv streaming format via Shoutcast, and then upload them to the GBStv FTP server. Once uploaded, they are imported to the website where they await screening through a full content moderation system.

BTW, here is Nullsoft’s Video channel.

I had a dream last night. My 2006 iPod was a dockable remote control! It had a cradle that sat in my flat screen HDTV. I could use it like a portable Tivo and show my friends small videos on the go, or plug them in at their place….

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