Why the Internet is silent & new Internet video app

If you read my link blog you’ll find out why the Internet is silent today (most music playing and Internet radio sites are taking the day off to protest far higher fees).

You’ll also find a variety of other interesting (or possibly not) things including links to my Steve Ballmer impression on the Jason Calacanis show tonight. Doing that freaked out Maryam and Patrick.

I should explain a little bit more about how Jason did his show. We were using a new Internet video app called Operator 11. What is it? Well, it’s like a videoconferencing application where multiple people can join in. You see a live chat between both participants and audience members. Anyone can be added into the conversation live. Jason was using it to produce his show. He could play clips, choose cameras, and choose which audience member gets to talk in the live show. You could watch it live, or later on like on Russell’s blog.

Sam Sethi on Twitter just told me there’s a competitor, called GlobalIPVideo, that is in alpha stage (Operator 11 crashed on us during the show, so these things are pretty brittle. Jason hinted that he was going to invest in Operator 11 to help them buy more servers and such).

Anyway, the video arena is just exploding. Tomorrow we’ll have up some videos of Jaman and Kyte that’ll show off other innovative video services.

This shows that live video streaming services veodia.com, Justin.tv, Ustream, and Blogtv.com are going to have competition and lots of it.

Comments

  1. Robert,

    Guess this is the path to hideousity and possibly rare riches. Soon these types of videos will be tying all our free time and Toro’s species will take over the world.

    At least there is the sensibility to call it an alpha stage production.

    Adam
    InfoMonger of Technology

  2. Robert,

    Guess this is the path to hideousity and possibly rare riches. Soon these types of videos will be tying all our free time and Toro’s species will take over the world.

    At least there is the sensibility to call it an alpha stage production.

    Adam
    InfoMonger of Technology

  3. Robert,

    Guess this is the path to hideousity and possibly rare riches. Soon these types of videos will be tying all our free time and Toro’s species will take over the world.

    At least there is the sensibility to call it an alpha stage production.

    Adam
    InfoMonger of Technology

  4. Bob, is there some kind of community college class you can attend that will teach you to adjust the gain on your camera mic before you start recording?

    Aren’t you supposed to be a professional at this?

  5. Bob, is there some kind of community college class you can attend that will teach you to adjust the gain on your camera mic before you start recording?

    Aren’t you supposed to be a professional at this?

  6. Bob, is there some kind of community college class you can attend that will teach you to adjust the gain on your camera mic before you start recording?

    Aren’t you supposed to be a professional at this?

  7. Anon: I thought I adjusted it properly before we started. Sorry. I was using my new MacBookPro and it got a bit off. The tools to adjust and track this stuff suck.

  8. Anon: I thought I adjusted it properly before we started. Sorry. I was using my new MacBookPro and it got a bit off. The tools to adjust and track this stuff suck.

  9. Anon: I thought I adjusted it properly before we started. Sorry. I was using my new MacBookPro and it got a bit off. The tools to adjust and track this stuff suck.

  10. Robert,
    So we are adding another NOISE CREATION OUTLET for the masses? Ah, damn, I know, I know, having three TV channels isn’t the right model either. Having 100 channels of nothing to watch isn’t so entertaining as well. But having thousands of thousands of channels of garbage…

    How will we find the diamonds in the rough? I look to you for the diamonds, not the fluff!

    After watching this video the most interesting quote was “… this is like public broadcasting on crack.” by Jason Calcanis.

  11. Robert,
    So we are adding another NOISE CREATION OUTLET for the masses? Ah, damn, I know, I know, having three TV channels isn’t the right model either. Having 100 channels of nothing to watch isn’t so entertaining as well. But having thousands of thousands of channels of garbage…

    How will we find the diamonds in the rough? I look to you for the diamonds, not the fluff!

    After watching this video the most interesting quote was “… this is like public broadcasting on crack.” by Jason Calcanis.

  12. Robert,
    So we are adding another NOISE CREATION OUTLET for the masses? Ah, damn, I know, I know, having three TV channels isn’t the right model either. Having 100 channels of nothing to watch isn’t so entertaining as well. But having thousands of thousands of channels of garbage…

    How will we find the diamonds in the rough? I look to you for the diamonds, not the fluff!

    After watching this video the most interesting quote was “… this is like public broadcasting on crack.” by Jason Calcanis.

  13. Better than Jason’s comment…
    Steve Gilmore “… middle of the show was the most painful thing I’ve ever witnessed.”

    But I will admit. The common man can use this technology to communicate to the world. Again, navigating through the noise is going to be the hardest part.

  14. Better than Jason’s comment…
    Steve Gilmore “… middle of the show was the most painful thing I’ve ever witnessed.”

    But I will admit. The common man can use this technology to communicate to the world. Again, navigating through the noise is going to be the hardest part.

  15. Better than Jason’s comment…
    Steve Gilmore “… middle of the show was the most painful thing I’ve ever witnessed.”

    But I will admit. The common man can use this technology to communicate to the world. Again, navigating through the noise is going to be the hardest part.

  16. I agree with Robert that live video is exciting and that people are entering the live streaming space.

    Having worked on live streaming for a while now (being launched for 90 day makes us a grizzled veteran in the live streaming world!), I know that we certainly encountered these issues at Ustream due to explosive growth. But scalability is a challenge for the entire industry. Even folks like Stickam who have been around for years still encounter issues.

    The good news is that with so much innovation in this area, the services are going to get better. Much better. Of course, I believe that Ustream will end up as the leader, but I’m biased!

    John Ham, Founder Ustream.TV

  17. I agree with Robert that live video is exciting and that people are entering the live streaming space.

    Having worked on live streaming for a while now (being launched for 90 day makes us a grizzled veteran in the live streaming world!), I know that we certainly encountered these issues at Ustream due to explosive growth. But scalability is a challenge for the entire industry. Even folks like Stickam who have been around for years still encounter issues.

    The good news is that with so much innovation in this area, the services are going to get better. Much better. Of course, I believe that Ustream will end up as the leader, but I’m biased!

    John Ham, Founder Ustream.TV

  18. I agree with Robert that live video is exciting and that people are entering the live streaming space.

    Having worked on live streaming for a while now (being launched for 90 day makes us a grizzled veteran in the live streaming world!), I know that we certainly encountered these issues at Ustream due to explosive growth. But scalability is a challenge for the entire industry. Even folks like Stickam who have been around for years still encounter issues.

    The good news is that with so much innovation in this area, the services are going to get better. Much better. Of course, I believe that Ustream will end up as the leader, but I’m biased!

    John Ham, Founder Ustream.TV

  19. I take the point about another time suck, but agree with you Robert that video is going to become more important. Now if only more of us had access to true broadband connections to use it! Maybe more content/product will drive more access outside of major metro areas – I can hope. I’m only 40 minutes (on a good day) from a major airport and the only option I currently have for “broadband” is satellite. At least it’s an always on connection, but I wouldn’t want to regularly download video of any length.

  20. I take the point about another time suck, but agree with you Robert that video is going to become more important. Now if only more of us had access to true broadband connections to use it! Maybe more content/product will drive more access outside of major metro areas – I can hope. I’m only 40 minutes (on a good day) from a major airport and the only option I currently have for “broadband” is satellite. At least it’s an always on connection, but I wouldn’t want to regularly download video of any length.

  21. I take the point about another time suck, but agree with you Robert that video is going to become more important. Now if only more of us had access to true broadband connections to use it! Maybe more content/product will drive more access outside of major metro areas – I can hope. I’m only 40 minutes (on a good day) from a major airport and the only option I currently have for “broadband” is satellite. At least it’s an always on connection, but I wouldn’t want to regularly download video of any length.