||Wednesday, March 23, 2005
In the good old days 199x - 2004 a typical CLEC with a 50 central
office (CO) HDSL build-out, the CLEC is able to break even with
just 20 business customers, show net EBITDA
(earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization)
of 20-plus percent over three years and become cash-positive in
less than two years.
With the recent UNEP ruling how will these xLECs navigate the vehement
tumultous telecom sea and steer their company/ship away from the
regulatory rocks so as not to shipwreck?
One solution is VNAP http://vnap.ws and
http://dv4.agileco.net/BizLocity Now Virtual Operators, xLECs, xSPs,
Mobile, Wireless and Cable MSOs, and others can leverage this Virtual
Network Infrastructure to redefine how services and products will
be created and offer and break the tyranny of the DS0 and and the
shackles of the unwilling partner.
I will have more to say about this at a later time.
Why The Long Tail of video is about to get longer. Broadband Directions:
New forces are at work which hold the potential to flood the market
with a torrent of new video content. This would dramatically lengthen
the long tail of video programming, as it would be defined today. In
addition, consumers will also have new ways to find, share and consume
While these disruptive influences are well-known, their
effects are not yet fully understood. Broadband and IP have opened up a
new path to deliver quality video directly to the end-consumer;
wireless connectivity and new devices are redefining how and where
video is consumed; production costs to create high-quality digital
programming are low and getting lower; video search engines from
Google, Yahoo and Blinkx, which extend existing internet usage
behaviors, are becoming more sophisticated and widely adopted; and most
importantly, traditional television advertisers are increasingly
shifting their mindsets (and their bucks) from big brand-building
campaigns to surgical, ROI-based online tactics prompted by consumers'
heightened disdain for commercial interruptions.
Examples of non-traditional publishers who are enticed by the
potential of direct-to-consumer video opportunities abound. Recently
I've seen video product demos on CNET and print reporters doing video
news and features on USAToday.com and NYTimes.com. TheKnot.com is
planning bridal related programming on its site. Last holiday season, I
watched Amazon's short films. Meanwhile, a resurgent AOL.com is
preparing a fall relaunch of its site with a video-centric strategy.
Plenty of more announcements are on the way.
Via CyberJournalist.net [unmediated]
||Tuesday, March 22, 2005
MSNBC: "HERE COME THE VLOGS".
MSNBC: Ready for your close-up? Here come the vlogs is a great snapshot of videoblogging by Michael Rogers. He namechecks all our favorites including Rocketboom, Ryanne, Jay, Human Dog, Steve Garfield, and Dylan. He also mentions the tools making it easier to find videoblogs, such as ANT and MeFeedia. And, inescapably, Serious Magic's Vlog It! software, which nobody I know actually uses.
Check out Rocketboom's aggregation of SXSWi video/audio/pics/text and the official video coverage of SXSW for all the geekery you'd ever want to munch on.
If you're just looking for fun, please immediately watch Dylan's latest vid, Toys of Our Lives,
where Dylan's dolls engage in sick and hilarious romantic shenanigans.
Then why not see me "shake my thing" (am I saying that right?) on 6th
Street in Austin for DanceFlash - it was like a mini-Burning Man.
Via Blogumentary [unmediated]
Blog, Vlog, Podcast, Mobcast.
So many new words, so little time.
Blog (web log), Vlog (video web log), Podcasting (including audio in
your RSS (really simple syndication) feed for download into an Apple
iPod or other MP3 player) and Mobcasting (mobile podcasting) an Andy Carvin
acronym which posits the use of smart phones to create podcasts -- are
all relatively new words that represent one extremely big idea --
unfettered plebeian access to the fifth estate.
Until a few years ago, governments (secular or non) had almost
complete control of information. That made (and continues to make)
information a form of currency -- like the military and other stores of
economic value. These "new words" are much more powerful than the
technologies they represent, they speak a new language of information
and, to be sure, currency.
The value you will place on this information is in direct
proportion to the use you have for it. Most people won't care about the
rantings of a technophile or a housewife lamenting her need for
appropriate child care -- or will they? Imagine a world where a group
of protesters use their cell phones to acquire and document their
experience with government forces and aggregate (and spin) that
audio/video experience on the web. How about a simple group of friends
witnessing a car accident or something worse.
We are at the dawn of a new era -- not the cliche version of
the phrase -- "new era" the home game! Imagine the power of an
individual when they are able to publish and internationally distribute
audio and video more efficiently than CNN or Fox News. That's not years
in the future ... it's already here. Want to believe? Check out some of
the websites like http://tv.oneworld.net
or http://www.audiolink.com or http://www.audiolink.com and just play the tape .. err ... file to the end.
||Monday, March 07, 2005
Ten To Watch in Mobile Content.
This is not a definitive list, just
a list of smart young blood in the mobile content sector. Notice that
except for one, none of them are CEOs (yet), but youâll hear a lot
from and about them in the next few years (that was the criteria). Just
a way of recognizing the people in the second wave of mobile content
(in no particular order):
Â»Â Greg Clayman, Vice President, Wireless Strategy and Operations, MTV Networks
Â»Â Rio Caraeff, mobile head at Universal Music
Â»Â Thomas Ryan, Senior VP, Mobile Development, EMI Music
Â»Â Mark Levy, VP content at InfoSpace Mobile
Â»Â Lucy Hood, VP, Content, News Corp
Â»Â Shawn Conahan (end of page), CEO, Intercasting Corp
Â»Â Adam Flick, Chief Marketing Officer, Airborne Entertainment
Â»Â Robert Tercek, Chief Strategy Office, mForma
Â»Â Manish Jha, Senior VP, ESPN Mobile
Â»Â Russell Beattie, Yahoo Mobile
realize this is a US-centric list, and if you want to add to my list of
the people influencing our fast growing sector, post them in the comments belowâ¦
||Saturday, March 05, 2005
||Tuesday, March 01, 2005
||Monday, February 28, 2005
||Sunday, February 27, 2005
Game Boy On Your iRiver iHP-140.
is an open source replacement firmware system for your Archos Jukebox,
iRiver and one or two other players. There's a new plugin for Rockbox
in development called Rockboy, which allows you to port the gnuboy
emulator over to your iRiver iHP-140 (only?) and play your favorite
GameBoy Color games. Rockbox only supports monochrome, so you're stuck
with that, and playback is pretty slow, but it's a neat concept
nonetheless and not faked like those Sonic-on-Archos
pics. Still, we're not sure when/if it'll be widely available, as it
appears they're still in the relatively early stages of Rockbox for
iRiver. More pictures after the jump. (Thanks, BiLo!)
Rockboy Plugin [Rockbox] [Gizmodo]
Is videologging the next big hype storm?.
last weekend's Northern Voice conference I was interested by a small
community of people who were doing video blogs. There was a session
there and the videos ran from the emotional (one guy gave his last will
and testament on camera before dying a month later) to artistic stuff,
to boring talking head stuff.
I linked to a few video blogging sites to get you started in case you're interested.
Michael Verdi seemed to get the best read on why vlogging is cool. Here, watch his "Vlog Anarchy" post. My favorite line comes right at the end:
"I'm making stuff up and putting it on the Internet and you can't do s**t about that." [Scobleizer: Microsoft Geek Blogger]
The latest Daily Podcast feed
is up. It contains a poem, discussion on jumping the shark,
information about NY Hotel Bars, Podcast safe music from Jersey and
more. So go over to my new audioblog experiment, "The Daily Podcast Feed" and listen to some of the podcasts in it!
All of the tools (GigaDial, Blogger, FeedBurner, WebJay, Smoothouse Webjay wizard, Fabricio's XSPF MusicPlayer
) I am using in my latest audioblog experiment are free and available
right now on the web. That fact opens the potential for a group
of pioneer podcast feed producers to evolve using a set of open free
Below is a list of descriptions of some of the tools I use to create "The Daily Podcast Feed":
GigaDial.net is a new approach to radio programming. You can use it to create and subscribe to podcast-powered stations composed of individual episodes from your favorite podcasters. Outputs RSS 2.0 XML feeds.
Free blogging authoring software. Enables the distribution of
Podcast feeds through the embeding of audio players and links to RSS
2.0 feeds using the weblog platformy. Outputs an ATOM XML feed that
can be inputted to other services such as FeedBurner.
Can converts a ATOM feed to RSS 2.0 XML file. Using it's SmartCast feature, FeedBurner will take the first anchor (<a>) tag that it finds in your posting content and convert the linked URL into an RSS 2.0 <enclosure>. Is the case of Audioblogging 2.0, the RSS 2.0 enclosure file type is also a RSS 2.0 file.
Feedburner turns the feed item into content
that future audioblogging 2.0/podcasting clients can potentially use to
produce "show channels".
Mother of all music playlist generators. It allows you to take a
RSS 2.0 file with mp3 enclosures and convert it to a XSPF playlist to
feed into Fabricio's XSPF MusicPlayer.
Smoothouse Webjay wizard
Assists in the generation of the correct HTML for linking/embedding a Webjay playlist in Fabricio's XSPF MusicPlayer.
Fabricio's XSPF MusicPlayer
XSPF Web Music Player is a flash-based web application that uses xspf playlist format to play mp3 songs. XSPF
is the XML Shareable Playlist Format. The software is written in
Actionscript 2. Player can be embedded into a weblog post using weblog
authoring software like Blogger.
Many of the tools above contain other features that do a lot more
then the features I described. My explanations focus on the features
used for creating "The Daily Podcast Feed" and what I call Audioblogging 2.0.
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