I remember well the Streaming Video Days around 99/00, being myself employed at that time in a streaming media business which disappeared in the meantime. It took a bit more time than predicted, but video over the internet is slowly slowly gaining a foothold. Interestingly, but not unsurprisingly, it comes via the edges and small content producers and not via the big broadcasters (be it a big media company or Real).
Beginning Sept. 6, PBS will make available – exclusively over the Internet – broadcast television’s first entirely downloadable series, featuring PBS technology columnist and industry insider Robert X. Cringely’s interviews with personalities from the ever-changing world of technology. NerdTV will be available for download from www.pbs.org/nerdtv.
[…] The premier program will include a two-minute feature called „What the heck is NerdTV?“ The 13 one-hour shows will be made available on a weekly basis after the launch date and all previous episodes will continue to be available through the NerdTV Web site. NerdTV viewers are actually encouraged to download and copy the shows, share them with friends and even post them on their own Web sites – all legally.
Cindy Johanson, Senior Vice President, PBS Interactive Learning, said, „Bob Cringely’s NerdTV illustrates our unwavering commitment to bring audiences clever, on-demand, participatory programming.“ She added, „This ground-breaking series will be distributed under a Creative Commons license, so if viewers like what they see, they can redistribute the shows or even edit their own non-commercial version. Further, NerdTV offers a cost-effective production model that may transform how programming is made in the future.“