Personal TV Networks

The video aggregator writeup, mentioned yesterday, is embedded in a new page that lets you add video file URLs to a public enclosure feed. It’s meant to be an example of the personal TV network idea that was the subject of this BloggerCon session.
This network is mostly a bootstrap because I’m inviting you to help with the content programming and expect to rely heavily on content created by others, such as can be found at the Internet Archive.
The design may be unintuitive to the blog savvy. I built in a throttle that lets at most N new items appear in the feed per day. The rest build up in a queue. This is to prevent runaway disk and bandwidth use in the event of a multitude of motivated content programmers or clever robot scripts. N is currently set to 1 but can be easily adjusted if the content flow is painfully slow.
If you have a moment and the URL for an interesting video clip, try adding to the schedule! Murphy willing, a new item will appear in the feed each night. When the item goes live on the feed, also Murphy willing, the item will appear, with details, on this weblog and be open for comment.

5 thoughts on “Personal TV Networks”

  1. Setting this up to grab only the video file, strips the video of all it’s related information that usually is displayed with it on a web page such as context and author information.


  2. It’s true. IMO, the TV is the right output device for video aggregation. On-screen credits can provide some of the lost context information, but to get Web-like context would require interactive TV equipment and it would alter the experience. I’m trying to get away from pointing and clicking. My theory is, a more tv-like experience will translate to more subscribers and better distribution. Is it worth the tradeoff?

    Aside from the viewing, we have some flexbility on how information is displayed on the Web component of this network. How can we make it more appealing for content creators?


  3. We’ve been discussing this issue over on the videoblogging mailinglist that’s hosted over here:

    You should join us.

    We are looking into SMIL to allow text and links to be embedded in the video’s, but are still talking about standards….

    There is also the issue of ‘stealing’ bandwith, if you show people’s video directly off their server.

    It’s like putting links to ‘their’ images on your web pages.

    The best way to make it more appealing to content creators is to remove the bandwidth cost issue from them and have some place to store these shared videos other than their own little web hosting accounts.


  4. I’ve had a site that does a similar thing for a couple years now. I hacked the Scoop collaborative engine to allow submissions of video content, it always anyone to submit content and the site’s users to vote on how prominently it appears. The community of the site is mainly around lefty type video and has been growing a bit lately.


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