Do I sense a war brewing. Their are going to be a lot of pissed of people if they cannot download the last episode of lost or a syndicated television show. Think about this for a second, when I was living overseas the television selections was horrendous, you had this pathetic star network and a bunch of third rate crap stations. TV was horrible. My time overseas also broke me of my habit of watching to much TV because the majority of it was terrible. But for those that are living as expats the ability to get cool shows via BitTorrent is awesome. Now I understand the studios have a issue with this and I understand that they don’t want people sharing movies. So here is a idea.
The studios need to realize their audience is global and unless all of the people on the globe can go to new movies or pay for them online when they are released the horns come out and people go and download the shows and movies so they can see it instead of having to wait 6 months to year before something is released in their home country. News travels the globe in microseconds not weeks and people are dialed in to what is happening on a global scale. If the MPAA and the studios would figure this out instead of using their old techniques old media distribution which encourages people to download the content on the net. [The Register]
Well someone has figured out how to allow people to subscribe to their favorite TV shows via RSS and then when someone puts up the program on the Net you get the file automatically through BitTorrent. This is important, who important well lets put it this way you have just cut out all of the middle men that planned to get into this type of distribution. I am sure it will only be a mater of time before the MPAA and all of the studios come after these folks with a vengeance. But the genie is out of the bottle and once that happens you can never go back.
But here is the important part my good readers and I am going to quote a paragraph out of the business week article.
“So, is it the triumph for the Internet that it appears to be?
Maybe not. Man likes to interfere with evolution and this situation is apparently no different. Tellywood is not about to let a silly little thing like the Internet force it to evolve as well. In their commitment to extinction, Tellywood isn’t just looking to interfere with such innovation on its own, its powerful lobbies have managed to mate with two other dinosaurs for help: the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Congress. Fortunately, there’s still time to act. In addition to boycotting content and technologies that promote the adoption of Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) technology (as I proposed here), here’s what you can do about it (and do about it now because there’s a December 1, 2005 deadline).” [Business Week] [TvTad]
A article in Fortune on BitTorrent got me to thinking today, when I started podcasting a year ago I thought that I would be able to allocate about 50 gigs a month to the project. As I look back at it, that was a pretty narrow view. Last month I moved over 4 terabytes of podcast traffic. Not bad for a Geek from Hawaii, but as I look down the road two years I start to become very concerned. My concern and realization is two fold, over at PodcasterNews.com we have been talking with national content delivery companies and man bandwidth in the commercial world is very expensive!
Most of us podcasters have become complacent in our bandwidth concerns because of the god send of podcasting, “libsyn.com” their deal is so amazing that I am not sure how they are doing it. But as the long tail of podcasting starts to invade the other 98% of the world that is not listening to podcast we are going to be in big trouble.
In the past year we have been resting on our laurels, when we should have been working like dogs and integrating BitTorrent in all of the podcatcher clients so that the integration was seamless and brainless. When Apple jumped on the podcasting band wagon we should have beat them from head to toe to insure that iTunes had BitTorrent built in transparently. This includes Yahoo and anyone else that jumps on the bandwagon.
As good as the deal is we have with Libsyn at the moment, I think we are in real bandwidth trouble and don’t even realize it. Now that Apple has added Video to the mix you are going to see a massive number of people producing videocast, and you thought the amount of bandwidth you are using was bad now… Just wait…
We need to fix this and like yesterday. Those creating podcatcher applications need to come together and work out a plan to make BitTorrent the podcast file delivery vehicle of choice but it has to be simple. We need to get our act together and put up some centralized BitTorrent trackers for Podcasters. Maybe I am wrong, but today I have experienced my own paradigm shift and will be making some recommendations to our team at RawVoice it pains me to have to pay the type of dollars we are looking at.
How many podcasters would be still podcasting if they had to pay more than .50 cents but less than a $1.00 per Gig if libsyn.com went away tomorrow. [Fortune]