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08/10/05
TV and Internet: Digital Convergence
Filed under: Entertainment, Computers & Internet
Posted by: site admin @ 5:39 pm

In a previous post, I mentioned Akimbo and TVexe for watching TV programs through the Internet. Since then, I have discovered more cool stuff.

MythTV

MythTV is a home-built, Linux-based, personal video recorder (PVR) system created by Isaac Richards.  If you don’t know what a PVR is, think TiVo.  Anyway, the web site includes documentation, code downloads, etc. for building your own PVR.  Unlike TiVo and Akimbo which require paid subscriptions to TV programming information, the MythTV gets this information for free over the Internet.  The O’Reilly web site has an article by Matthew Gast detailing his experience in building his own MythTV.

I’ve only just started reading through the documentation, but it looks like a kick-ass project, though it’s not for the computer novice.  It’s also not going to be cheap, since you need to build or customize a computer.  However, the possibilities with this are amazing.  I just wish I had some extra cash to get started!

DTV

Check out the DTV beta.  This looks similar to TVexe, allowing you to view TV over the Internet.  But there is a twist…you can also broadcast your own Internet TV channel!

Current TV

Current TV also allows user-provided video content.

So, it looks like some very cool digital convergence trends in video are in progress or on the way.

 –Tim

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