Aereo, a TV-on-the-go service that relies on small antennas, is getting a lot of legal attention. The bigger story should be how it is using economic breakthroughs in computing to offer a new form of TV.
Aereo, a technology that uses tiny antennas to let people watch TV on the go, has already generated a flurry of lawsuits. Now the man behind Aereo is suing a copycat service for using his name. The disputes highlight disruptions to the traditional TV industry.
Now that streaming broadcast startup Aereo is formally launching in New York, the litigation watch is on. From an operational perspective, the closest analogy to what Aereo is doing may be Slingbox’s model. And despite occasional threats, no broadcaster or content owner has ever sued Sling Media (now owned by EchoStar), a failure that ultimately could weaken any case brought against Aereo.
The talk of the town this morning is Aereo, a Internet-TV service backed by Barry Diller’s IAC/InterActiveCorp and formally unveiled Tuesday, that offers to stream broadcast TV signals to mobile phones, tablets and fixed connected devices for $12 a month. The service initially will only be available in New York City, but the company plans to expand to other markets as it grows. Probably not before taking a detour through federal court, however. Other efforts to stream broadcast signals, such as Ivi.tv, have been shut down over copyright issues, and yesterday, Aereo officials acknowledged they expect to face legal challenges. Can Aereo succeed in court where Ivi.tv failed? Aereo claims to have modeled the design of its system on Cablevision’s remote DVR service, which the courts have declared to be legal. I’ll have more on that in an upcoming Weekly Update. For now, though, Aereo should make an interesting test case for how to build potentially ruinous litigation into an startup launch plan.
Companies can now monitor in real time what people are saying about them on various BBC programs, thanks to a new cooperation between the broadcaster and media monitoring service Critical Mention. The service already indexes more than 30 hours of audio and video content per minute.
Get ready to rumble. The new National Broadband Plan has been released, and the griping has already begun. Expect the loudest gripes to come from broadcasters, who are being asked to give back spectrum to support wireless broadband. Meanwhile, at SXSW, Twitter CEO Evan Williams’ keynote literally put people to sleep.
Nothing will motivate you to achieve your goals like making other people aware of the specifics of what you’re aiming to accomplish. At least for me, the threat of public shame is a great tool you can use to prevent yourself from giving up on your dreams. Making others aware of your plans also has the added benefit of potentially providing you with great feedback about how you might best go about carrying through with them, too. The web is a great place to publicize your professional goals, especially if that’s where you do the bulk of your work. But just tweeting your aim doesn’t mean it’ll come through. As with most things, a plan will help increase your chances of success.
Step 1: Alert the People You Trust
If you’re worried about the feasibility of your goals, bouncing them off of your closest friends and relatives is a sure way of getting some invaluable early feedback. You probably have some good friends who aren’t afraid to make you look foolish (and, in fact, might relish the opportunity), so you don’t have to worry that they’ll pull punches to spare your feelings. Conversely, if you have a good idea, they won’t summarily cut you down, like some of your more trollish online contacts might. Read More about Achieve Your Goals by Putting Them Online
A few weeks ago I wrote about the beta of BoinxTV and provided a brief overview of the product. As a quick refresher, BoinxTV is a videocasting (video podcasting) tool designed for small production teams. It has a very flexible interface and enables you to quickly record, package and broadcast your video production. I would argue it is a great tool for those who do not have access to the resources of a major broadcasting network.
As of today, the product is shipping in two versions: a sponsored edition (SE) for $199, which inserts a five second ad into your production video or an ad-free edition for $499.
The final release also provides the ability to customize layers using the Quartz composer in OS X 10.5. And, if you need some assistance in creating a layer, Boinx is now offering services to help you do this. Just note that there is a fee for Boinx to do this — $999 per layer. Depending upon your needs, this might seem expensive or inexpensive.
You can learn more about BoinxTV 1.0 here. There is a five-day demo available as well. For all the functionality this product provides in a fairly easy-to-use interface, the value is there for your production needs.