INTERNET: French provider lets everyone create their own live TV channel

The number two french ISP, Free, launched a new service today which showcases the new revolution currently occurring online : after blogs and podcasting, here is personal TV

The service lets you broadcast directly on the TV screens of its million+ users, either on-demand or live, publicly or privately to group of friends/family. Everything is done with a remote control by plugging your camera directly onto the set-top-box.

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There also exists online services that let you broadcast live, with different levels of complexity and functionality :
Gaspanik (french), Mogulus (pro), Ustream (simple), Kyte (mobile), BlogTV, Stickam, operator11, Veodia, etc…

INTERNET: EPIC, revisited

There’s an updated version of EPIC (in which “Googlezon” takes over the media world in the twentyteens) available, the intriguing film about the future of news distribution.

If you missed it – it’s a must watch. It is well worth eight minutes of your time. The new version looks forward one more year, to 2015, and seems slightly less gloomy than the first.

I had a hunch that this little gem might be the product of an evening in the pub – and it turns out I was about right: “My co-author Matt Thompson and I were down in Miami for a weekend, and I had brought along a copy of a speech by [New York Times digital SVP] Martin Nisenholtz,” Robin Sloan said. “We disagreed over what Nisenholtz was trying to say, so we argued over it as we went from bar to bar on South Beach in Miami. I remember very vividly sitting in giant chairs shaped like high-heeled shoes, staring up at the ceiling, beer in hand as we plotted this stuff out.”

The ideas were developed over a number of weeks with help from colleagues at the Poynter Institute. There were plans for a detailed EPIC website with background information, discussion and even a blog, but Robin admits they never got around to that.

Robin and Matt have given the 2015 update a slightly more optimistic spin. “Too many people watched EPIC 2014 and came away thinking we hate the internet – which of course could not be farther from the truth!”

I’ve mirrored it here for you. I don’t think Robin will mind.

Watch EPIC 2015 (requires Flash Player).

INTERNET: P2P in 2014

Responses in reaction to the following statement were assembled from a select group of 1,286 Internet stakeholders in the fall 2004 Pew Internet & American Life “Experts Survey.”

“In 2014, it will still be the case that the vast majority of internet users will easily be able to copy and distribute digital products freely through anonymous peer-to-peer networks.”

Compiled reactions from the 1,286 respondents:
50% of internet experts agreed
23% disagreed
10% challenged the prediction
17% did not respond

See the full report at elon.edu for comments by a number of experts.

Here is a small selection :

Digital file sharers will always stay one step ahead of programmers, regardless of how advanced digital copyright protections become.

We’re headed toward digital prohibition.

There’s no stopping p2p.

I hope that this prediction turns out to be true, but I doubt it will be. There will be increasing pressure to “lock down” digital products and to eliminate anonymity. That’s what I expect.

Other legal forms of distribution like podcasting will make this statement appear as dated as Edsel.

The smart companies will work with this need for free information, not against it.