No Programme Left Behind: Liberating Television from the Tyranny of the Ephemeral   Tom Loosemore Saturday 5th July 2008
The Small Print: Warning:  this speaker may give the impression of vague technical plausibility. This is erroneous. In tru...
My House, North London
Alexandra Palace
 
 
Someone just broke TV
Bang to rights, Sir Tim…
How is TV broken?
99.9999% of TV is not longer with us
And even the 0.00001% that is available… can’t be found  can’t be shared can’t be linked to
“ Make All TV Ever  Available,  Findable &  Addressable.” The Organising Problem:
Digital TV Digital Satellite DVB-S  Digital Cable DVB-C  Digital Terrestrial DVB-T (aka Freeview) Digital Mobile DVB-H Dig...
Freeview: The UK’s best TV, free.
Pros : Rich AV Content  Accessible  Well structured Extremely Scalable Very High Availability Proven Cons   Documentation ...
DVB-T Broadcast Audio & Video API 2Mbs MPEG2 stream Widescreen Stereo View a single channel, or capture a multiplex Licenc...
BBC Broadcast Metadata API http://backstage.bbc.co.uk/data/BbcWebApi
 
Damn. Ok, at least publish the catalogue. open.bbc.co.uk/catalogue
“ Make All TV Ever  Available,  Findable &  Addressable.” OK. now back to that Organising Challenge:
My Danny O’Brien Moment
Dom & Nick Ludlam
Promise.tv : The last week’s TV, in a box.
Is a Record-everything PVR possible? Each Freeview channel is 2 Mbps MPEG2  Approx 2 GB per channel per hour 50 GB per cha...
OK, but…
“ Make All TV Ever  Available,  Findable &  Addressable.” Once again, that Organising Problem:
“ How about a year’s worth of TV?”  Real-time transcode MPEG2 to MPEG4  0.5 GB per channel per hour  12 GB per channel per...
BBCRedux.com
BBCMacro.com:  A year of BBC TV
Of course, it did the usual schedule stuff
But you could also search 20,000+ programmes
Download programme, Programme information,
Tags hacked via term extraction
Et voila: the collected works of Cruickshank
User Ratings; User Comments
People + Programmes = Social Scheduling
OK, but…
“ Make All TV Ever  Available,  Findable &  Addressable.” Back, for the final time, to that Organising Problem:
Need. More. Storage.
What if… ?
Some maths. Real-time transcode MPEG2 to MPEG4  An hour-long programme is 500MB 120TB stores all decent UK TV for a year S...
Some more maths. Assume each Impossibox had a 1TB disk Assume 100 bought each month That’s an additional 100TB storage eac...
How the Impossibox Network Seeds BBC One  Jun – Aug 2008 BBC Two  Jul – Sep 2008 BBC Four  Jul  – Dec 2008 ITV1   Aug – Oc...
How you watch any programme, ever BBC One  Jun – Aug 2008 BBC Two  May – Jul 2008 BBC Four  Jan – Jun 2008 ITV1   Oct– Dec...
 
… has built a couple of prototypes
Impossibox Spec TV Metadata TV   Platform (AMD 64)   TV Out Remote Control Freeview Tuner   1 TB Local Storage     OS  (De...
What Else Could It Do? The ma’ and pa’ of all social TV navigation? Integration with DSL router?  Popularity-based seeding...
Thank You Tom Loosemore [email_address]
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  • Hello My name tom loosemore I work for the BBC By day I try to drag the BBC’s 2,574 websites into the 21 st Century In exchange, I get some freedom to experiment with the future of tele. And today I’m going to explain Why I think TV is broken [pause] And I’m going to share Some ideas and prototypes The BBC has been developing In the hope that We might help mend it. But first, some necessary small print
  • OpenTech 2008 - The Child of Baird and Berners-Lee

    1. No Programme Left Behind: Liberating Television from the Tyranny of the Ephemeral Tom Loosemore Saturday 5th July 2008
    2. The Small Print: Warning: this speaker may give the impression of vague technical plausibility. This is erroneous. In truth, he’s one of those managerial bluffer types with ideas above his station. The last code he wrote was some catastrophically bad PHP back in 1999, leading an erstwhile colleague to revoke his access to CVS, stating ‘he knows just enough to be terribly dangerous’. Caveat Emptor .
    3. My House, North London
    4. Alexandra Palace
    5.  
    6.  
    7. Someone just broke TV
    8. Bang to rights, Sir Tim…
    9. How is TV broken?
    10. 99.9999% of TV is not longer with us
    11. And even the 0.00001% that is available… can’t be found can’t be shared can’t be linked to
    12. “ Make All TV Ever Available, Findable & Addressable.” The Organising Problem:
    13. Digital TV Digital Satellite DVB-S Digital Cable DVB-C Digital Terrestrial DVB-T (aka Freeview) Digital Mobile DVB-H Digital Radio Digital Audio Broadcast DAB Digital Radio Mondial DRM Internet Broadcast Live Unicast streaming Multicast streaming (bbc.co.uk/multicast) Digital Broadcasting in the UK
    14. Freeview: The UK’s best TV, free.
    15. Pros : Rich AV Content Accessible Well structured Extremely Scalable Very High Availability Proven Cons Documentation Licence Ephemeral How does Freeview stack up as an API?
    16. DVB-T Broadcast Audio & Video API 2Mbs MPEG2 stream Widescreen Stereo View a single channel, or capture a multiplex Licence: Some programmes with CC licence DVB-T Broadcast Metadata API “Next 8 days” programme info Title, description, genre, channel, start time etc. UIDs & series linking not implemented. Licence: OK Freeview is really a pair of linked APIs
    17. BBC Broadcast Metadata API http://backstage.bbc.co.uk/data/BbcWebApi
    18.  
    19. Damn. Ok, at least publish the catalogue. open.bbc.co.uk/catalogue
    20. “ Make All TV Ever Available, Findable & Addressable.” OK. now back to that Organising Challenge:
    21. My Danny O’Brien Moment
    22. Dom & Nick Ludlam
    23. Promise.tv : The last week’s TV, in a box.
    24. Is a Record-everything PVR possible? Each Freeview channel is 2 Mbps MPEG2 Approx 2 GB per channel per hour 50 GB per channel per day 1 TB stores 4 channels for 7 days 3 TB stores nearly all good UK TV for 7 days But box would need 12 tuner cards… or would it?
    25. OK, but…
    26. “ Make All TV Ever Available, Findable & Addressable.” Once again, that Organising Problem:
    27. “ How about a year’s worth of TV?” Real-time transcode MPEG2 to MPEG4 0.5 GB per channel per hour 12 GB per channel per day 1 TB stores a channel for 3 months 24 TB stores all BBC TV for a year Much too large to sit in living room 20,000 programmes - too many for ‘grid’ EPG… …and so to the Web!
    28. BBCRedux.com
    29. BBCMacro.com: A year of BBC TV
    30. Of course, it did the usual schedule stuff
    31. But you could also search 20,000+ programmes
    32. Download programme, Programme information,
    33. Tags hacked via term extraction
    34. Et voila: the collected works of Cruickshank
    35. User Ratings; User Comments
    36. People + Programmes = Social Scheduling
    37. OK, but…
    38. “ Make All TV Ever Available, Findable & Addressable.” Back, for the final time, to that Organising Problem:
    39. Need. More. Storage.
    40. What if… ?
    41. Some maths. Real-time transcode MPEG2 to MPEG4 An hour-long programme is 500MB 120TB stores all decent UK TV for a year So we need 10TB/month storage
    42. Some more maths. Assume each Impossibox had a 1TB disk Assume 100 bought each month That’s an additional 100TB storage each month But we only need 10TB each month 100 boxes/month = 10 copies of each programme And a very nicely seeded bittorrent cloud...
    43. How the Impossibox Network Seeds BBC One Jun – Aug 2008 BBC Two Jul – Sep 2008 BBC Four Jul – Dec 2008 ITV1 Aug – Oct 2008 Channel Four Sep – Nov 2008 BBC Two Sep – Nov 2008 Tracker server TV TV Metadata
    44. How you watch any programme, ever BBC One Jun – Aug 2008 BBC Two May – Jul 2008 BBC Four Jan – Jun 2008 ITV1 Oct– Dec 2008 Channel Five Feb – Apr 2008 BBC Two Mar – May 2008 TV Metadata Tracker server Tracker Data
    45.  
    46. … has built a couple of prototypes
    47. Impossibox Spec TV Metadata TV   Platform (AMD 64)   TV Out Remote Control Freeview Tuner   1 TB Local Storage     OS (Debian)   RSS in/out  Torrent Creator   Metadata db MythTV ++       Networked Storage         Tracker Server  
    48. What Else Could It Do? The ma’ and pa’ of all social TV navigation? Integration with DSL router? Popularity-based seeding? ISP-sensitive p2p? Targeted advertising? Encryption / PPV?
    49. Thank You Tom Loosemore [email_address]

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