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Review of internet TV and web video delivery in Australia August 2008

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  • Good morning everyone. Welcome to Internet TV! In today's show we’ll visit a few sites and look at a few tools that will help you dip into the massive amount of video material now available on the web.
  • Internet TV

    1. 1. Internet TV - Niche TV Video delivery on the web
    2. 2. Program guide <ul><li>YouTube </li></ul><ul><li>Hulu </li></ul><ul><li>Joost </li></ul><ul><li>Veoh </li></ul><ul><li>LiveStation </li></ul><ul><li>Miro </li></ul><ul><li>ABC VOD </li></ul><ul><li>ABC iView </li></ul><ul><li>ABC Fora , Fora TV </li></ul><ul><li>Library TV </li></ul>
    3. 3. Delivery models <ul><li>Free / Pay per clip per time / Ads </li></ul><ul><li>On demand / live </li></ul><ul><li>Download before view / streaming </li></ul><ul><li>Web based plug-ins / downloadable players </li></ul><ul><li>Central servers / peer to peer </li></ul>
    4. 4. How does peer to peer work?
    5. 5. Peer to peer <ul><li>Servers serve only a handful of clients </li></ul><ul><li>Each of the clients in turn send the video files to other clients </li></ul><ul><li>This moves the distribution costs from the channel owner to the user </li></ul><ul><li>Often tricky to control auto downloads in the players </li></ul><ul><li>Uploads may not be free! </li></ul><ul><li>Watch your Mb usage </li></ul>
    6. 6. Streaming <ul><li>Video sent in a continuous compressed stream </li></ul><ul><li>Needs a player , which decodes the signal and shows the video. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not have to wait to a download a large file </li></ul><ul><li>Start viewing as the file arrives. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Don’t be alarmed <ul><li>Online TV can be fun! </li></ul>
    8. 8. YouTube <ul><li>Still No 1 video sharing site </li></ul><ul><li>User generated short clips </li></ul><ul><li>Users upload, view and share </li></ul><ul><li>Video displayed in the web browser using Adobe Flash technology </li></ul><ul><li>Need to download and install a plug in for your browser to view </li></ul>
    9. 9. WARNING <ul><li>The following video contains strong language, violence and adult themes. </li></ul><ul><li>********************************* </li></ul>
    10. 10. Hulu <ul><li>Free, ad-supported streaming video of TV shows and movies </li></ul><ul><li>Uses flash format </li></ul><ul><li>View through your browser </li></ul><ul><li>Some shows in higher definition </li></ul><ul><li>NBC, FOX, and others </li></ul><ul><li>Currently offered only to users in USA </li></ul>
    11. 11. Joost <ul><li>Reviewed last year – less popular now </li></ul><ul><li>Navigation clumsy and slow </li></ul><ul><li>Video on demand - higher quality </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 features </li></ul><ul><li>Peer to peer / streaming technology </li></ul><ul><li>Ad supported </li></ul><ul><li>Download and install a viewing client </li></ul>
    12. 12. VeohTV - browser <ul><li>Two viewing options. </li></ul><ul><li>The site: streaming web video </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube like </li></ul><ul><li>Broader selection of network television content (Fox and CBS) </li></ul><ul><li>Also independent content (YouTube, Google Video) </li></ul><ul><li>Full episodes of shows up to 30 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Ad clips play before/during your chosen video </li></ul><ul><li>Ads on the web pages as well </li></ul>
    13. 13. VeohTV - player <ul><li>Peer-to-peer based software application </li></ul><ul><li>Higher quality </li></ul><ul><li>Like a digital video recorder </li></ul><ul><li>Videos can be downloaded and saved for later viewing </li></ul><ul><li>Subscribe to RSS feeds, publishers or channels and automatically receive new content </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 features </li></ul><ul><li>Easier navigation than Joost </li></ul>
    14. 14. LiveStation <ul><li>Peer-to-peer technology </li></ul><ul><li>Live TV </li></ul><ul><li>Al Jazeera BBC World Service </li></ul><ul><li>Can add channels from a directory </li></ul><ul><li>200MB per hour </li></ul><ul><li>Lower quality images </li></ul>
    15. 15. Miro <ul><li>Open-source Internet TV application </li></ul><ul><li>Media player and library </li></ul><ul><li>Download videos for later viewing </li></ul><ul><li>Content guide </li></ul><ul><li>Video search engine </li></ul><ul><li>RSS and automatic download </li></ul><ul><li>Podcast and BitTorrent clients (peer to peer) </li></ul><ul><li>Hard to stop it auto downloading </li></ul>
    16. 16. ABC VOD <ul><li>Lower bandwidth requirement </li></ul><ul><li>Some shows allow you to watch parts of the program </li></ul><ul><li>Extended interviews </li></ul>
    17. 17. ABC iView <ul><li>High bandwidth requirement </li></ul><ul><li>Needs cable/ADSL2 - 1.1 Mb/sec </li></ul><ul><li>Chews up the Mbs </li></ul><ul><li>Dr Who episode – 200+ Mb </li></ul>
    18. 18. ABC Fora / Fora TV <ul><li>Talks, addresses, presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries, institutes, book festivals </li></ul><ul><li>Indexed talks </li></ul><ul><li>Some also broadcast on ABC 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Ayaan Hirsi Ali </li></ul><ul><li>Jeffrey Sachs </li></ul>
    19. 19. Library TV <ul><li>National Library of Singapore ‘Go Media’ </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube based video site </li></ul><ul><li>Also instructional videos </li></ul><ul><li>http:// / </li></ul>
    20. 20. Internet TV Blogs etc <ul><li>NewTeeVee </li></ul><ul><li>Miro Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Last 100 </li></ul>
    21. 21. Summing up <ul><li>Generally content poor </li></ul><ul><li>Band width still an issue </li></ul><ul><li>Poor quality images </li></ul><ul><li>Slow / interrupted delivery </li></ul><ul><li>Some material restricted in Australia </li></ul><ul><li>Technologies will improve and converge </li></ul><ul><li>It can be fun </li></ul><ul><li>Niche channels for every taste </li></ul>