Friday, May 06, 2005

What do you want to watch?

Two TV tidbits via a colleague and a reader. The first is Japanese broadband provider USEN's Gyao internet TV service, which just launched a couple of weeks back. It's a free VOD service supported by advertising. For the non-Japanese literate, the buttons across the center of the screen are different program genres, and interestingly there is one (currently inactive) which says "video blogs." One to watch, clearly. The second comes from a hyper-value reader - the BBC is getting on the decentralized media bandwagon, launching an interactive service over digital satellite for independently produced content, part of an initiative called "Your Stories." Recall that the BBC undertook a P2P distribution trial last year with Kontiki, and you begin to see all sorts of possibilities.

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