June 25, 2007
Volume 18, Issue 3
P4P Working Group Names Co-Chairs
At its formative meeting this week, held in conjunction with NXTcomm and the NY P2P 2.0 Meet-Up, participants in the new DCIA-sponsored P4P Working Group (P4PWG) elected Doug Pasko, Principal Member of Technical Staff, Verizon Communications, and Laird Popkin, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Pando Networks as the working group’s Co-Chairs.
The purpose of the P4PWG is to encourage mechanisms for peer-to-peer (P2P) content acceleration and Internet service provider (ISP) network optimization that will enhance broadband customer experience. The group’s initial focus is on advancing simulation research being conducted in this area, called "P4P," which is now in development at a leading US university. The P4PWG intends to publish its mission statement, objectives, and strategy outline next week.
Meanwhile, interested and qualified P2P software distributors and ISPs are invited to participate in the P4PWG. Please call 410-476-7965 or e-mail P4PWG@dcia.info to sign-up or for more information.
BitTorrent SDK for Next-Gen Devices
BitTorrent, the global standard for high-quality content delivery on the Internet and recipient of the 2007 DCIA Innovator’s Award, this week released its Software Development Kit (SDK) for consumer electronics (CE) devices. The goal of BitTorrent’s Software Licensing and related Device Certification Program (DCP) is to ensure a superior entertainment experience for users of a growing array of CE products integrating BitTorrent’s technology. BitTorrent is enabling hardware manufacturers to bundle, optimize, embed, or develop integrated content delivery services for products such as Network-Attached Storage (NAS) devices, set-top boxes, digital media adapters, and routers.
Buffalo, Inc., a global leader in the design, development, and manufacturing of wireless and wired networking, storage, and memory solutions, is the latest to announce it will integrate BitTorrent functionality into its next generation of NAS devices, which will ship globally. As part of the collaboration, Buffalo will also participate in BitTorrent’s DCP, which provides seamless compatibility between hardware and the expanding number of BitTorrent-based consumer and commercial-grade services, as well as marketing and branding opportunities. BitTorrent has already teamed with chipmakers Marvell Semiconductors and iAdea/Star Semiconductor; and hardware manufacturers ASUSTeK, Netgear, Planex Communications, and QNAP Systems.
"We see BitTorrent as broadband’s next ‘killer app’ and integrating this functionality more deeply into our product line ensures our customers will be investing in value-added products offering the best digital entertainment experience," said Morikazu Sano, Assistant General Manager, Global Marketing at Buffalo. "To gain BitTorrent Certified status for our NAS devices informs our customers that we are committed to providing them with a high-performance and simple user experience for accessing and enjoying rich content on the Internet."
The BitTorrent Device Software business is one of three lines of business being operated by BitTorrent, which launched its consumer entertainment network in February 2007 featuring titles from over 40 major content partners such as 20th Century Fox, MGM, MTV Networks, and Paramount Pictures. BitTorrent will also soon be launching its commercial content delivery platform, BitTorrent DNA. BitTorrent’s Device Software business, supported by its SDK and DCP, bolsters the worldwide installed base of over 150 million BitTorrent clients by helping users identify hardware products that deliver the best performance and consumer experience.
"Given that BitTorrent is already the standard for rich content delivery on the web, the growing ecosystem reinforces our vision to provide a very fast, intuitive, and seamless way for consumers to enjoy movies, music, and games," said Ashwin Navin, President & Co-Founder of BitTorrent. "Whether it’s a NAS device from Buffalo, a set-top-box, a wireless router, or any other partner product, ‘BitTorrent Certified’ universally stands for a better digital entertainment experience."
The BitTorrent SDK is generally available now for hardware developers to license.
Report from CEO Marty Lafferty
Congratulations to the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) and the United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) for their groundbreaking NXTcomm this week in Chicago, IL.
Nxtcomm is the new industry event uniting the premier information and communications technology suppliers with the world’s leading communications and entertainment companies. More than 450 exhibitors and 20,000 delegates attended.
We are especially grateful to Matt Canard, VP of Marketing, Widevine; Christopher Levy, CEO, BUYDRM; Frank Childs, VP of Business Development, PeerApp; and Dr. Nimrod Kozlovski, VP of Strategy & Legal Affairs, Oversi; for their participation in our Digital Hollywood at NXTcomm Next Generation P2P panel.
Matt outlined Widevine’s content security offerings for video networks that embed advertising in order to monetize distribution, and explained how the need for these solutions is expanding as P2P continues to grow. Network neutrality will become an increasingly important issue in relation to P2P, and more fundamentally, the structures for revenue-sharing in new largely ad-supported P2P systems.
Content owners should be encouraged to digitize their archival assets, which may have had less commercial value in existing channels than they will in P2P, and experiment in exploring new business models. The industry must move to secure content, but not to tether content to one place, and not wait for standards to be artificially imposed from sources external to marketplace behavior. ISPs need to "get to PCs" and expand into P2P.
Christopher described the ways in which BUYDRM’s digital rights management (DRM) solutions now serve as viable tools in P2P environments for enabling ad-supported as well as paid download and subscription models, for example by supporting interactive ad-linking of P2P users to content rights-holder websites. Using DRM in P2P applications can also enable content providers to shadow content and offer it for sale directly via P2P. Content owners to date have made DRM unpopular due to draconian implementations.
Interoperability is needed. Open cross-licensing is a necessity. Waiting for standards to be established will not be a winning strategy. ISPs and P2P companies need to work together to solve current problems and enhance performance at the consumer level.
Frank explained how PeerApp solves network efficiency problems arising with the continued growth of P2P. PeerApp’s caching and content acceleration solutions have been well received among ISPs internationally and are now also gaining acceptance in the US, especially as additional applications are bundled with P2P technologies to competitively enrich the media experience. Internet service providers (ISPs) have to step-up to meet the demand for these increasingly popular services.
Two models are emerging: one using open P2P for viral marketing of video content with light-DRM; and the other using hybrid next-generation peer-assisted bundled-applications to create innovative services. The greatest remaining challenge lies in monetizing open P2P, where light-DRM and differentiation need to be married along with superior quality of service (QoS) in order to be successful.
Light-DRM is a very good approach for now, certainly preferable to heavy-handed litigation and enforcement actions in a distribution channel as new as this. ISPs need to become involved and incentives need to be established for the channel to commercially develop. At this juncture, open P2P works wonderfully, but because of overly restrictive initial deployments of DRM, commercial P2P is not sufficiently user-friendly to achieve its enormous potential.
ISPs need to work with P2P software distributors to find ways to balance network loads – filling valleys and managing peaks. "Competing-with-free" requires providing a better user experience. Internet 2, a very high-speed P2P system in use among academic institutions, has many lessons to offer.
Nimrod frankly acknowledged that unmanaged P2P-protocol traffic is creating problems for ISPs, primarily because of its volume and resultant network congestion. ISPs must optimize their networks to accommodate P2P and satisfy consumer demand, and Oversi offers solutions to help ISPs adapt to new P2P-based business models, such as CPA and CPC-based advertising (as opposed to outdated CPM models).
The reason that ISPs currently shape, or partially block P2P traffic, is that business models are not yet clear. While new blockbusters aren’t likely to be the first entertainment category to be monetized on P2P, the technology is ideally suited to generate new revenue for long-tail content thanks to its extremely low per-unit delivery cost. In the new P2P world, content needs to be allowed to travel and to develop communities among supportive fans with different forms of monetization established and optimized based on measuring and responding to patterns of consumption.
Authorized P2P software solutions need to be much more user-friendly: pre-installed and as easy as one-click to use. P2P ad-supported distribution will provide valuable demographic, indexing, and reference data.
ISPs basically have three choices: buy more bandwidth, which expanding P2P usage will consume; limit P2P, which will work against the needs and demands of customers; or work to understand and improve the performance of P2P, which will support leveraging this technology for the ISP position in the distribution chain.
The net neutrality discussion is fraught with contradictions and mostly a red herring at this point. P2P, in the fullness of time, will give content of all genres deeper and broader opportunities for monetization.
Audience Q&A centered on discussion of content-tracking in P2P environments and several additional ideas for innovative P2P-based business models. Share wisely, and take care.
AT&T Launches Video Share
Excerpted from MultiChannel News Report by Steve Donohue
Allowing its wireless-phone customers to share live videos while talking on the phone, AT&T launched its new AT&T Video Share service this week in Atlanta, Dallas, and San Antonio. CEO Randall Stephenson unveiled the Video Share product at the NXTcomm telephone-industry convention Tuesday morning.
The service, which runs on 3G (third-generation) mobile phones, will expand in late July throughout 160 US markets within AT&T’s 3G footprint, Stephenson said.
Stephenson added that the Video Share service will eventually be accessible through mobile phones, PCs, and TVs. Since it relies on Internet-protocol technology, Video Share will eventually allow mobile-phone users to send live videos to U-verse TV subscribers, he said.
AT&T is offering Video Share service packages ranging from $4.99 monthly, which includes 25 minutes of Video Share usage time, to $9.99 for 60 minutes. Subscribers can also opt to pay 35 cents per minute for the service.
Pando Networks’ P2P Streaming Service
Pando Networks, creators of the Internet’s fastest growing managed P2P content delivery platform, launched a new service this week to enable commercial content owners and media companies to stream and download full-screen HD-quality video to unlimited audiences, with their existing content delivery networks (CDNs), at a fraction of the cost of using CDNs alone. The service, Pando Publisher, garnered Pando Networks this year’s TechCrunch Top Connected Innovator Award, presented at the Supernova 2007 conference in San Francisco, CA.
Pando Publisher peer-assisted content delivery and management service includes a web-based media console for publishing, tracking, and monetizing high-quality streaming and downloaded video, and a powerful CDN Peering technology that enables publishers to reduce their bandwidth costs by up to 99% without configuration or changes to existing CDNs. Pando intelligently offloads bandwidth from CDN web servers to available viewers, accelerating delivery and reducing costs as content becomes more popular.
The service also features unique built-in dynamic online and offline video ad insertion tools, detailed user and usage reporting and robust API for seamless integration into existing video management and CDN consoles.
Unlike P2P video aggregation services such as Joost, Pando Publisher enables publishers to distribute their own content, on their own sites, to their own consumers. Pando’s award-winning client has already been installed by 8.5 million people in its first year of commercial availability. Now, some of the first customers using Pando Publisher service include Blip.tv, Revver, and Next New Networks.
"We’re excited to bring the speed, efficiency and ease of Pando to streaming video and thrilled to be recognized as a top innovator in our industry," said Robert Levitan, Pando Networks’ CEO. "P2P radically changes the economics of online media distribution. Now Pando can help content companies offer consumers breathtaking HD video experiences online."
End of the Peer Show
Excerpted from Broadband TV News Report by Julian Clover
P2P technology is a key element in the delivery of online video. Broadband is regularly cited as the savior of cable. Although competitors have now caught up with their own triple-play packages, cable’s ability to quickly roll-out high-speed Internet was able to cement the customer relationship begun with the introduction of telephony.
According to Andrew Parker, CTO of Cambridge-based CacheLogic, "P2P was seen as broadcast economics for the Internet, but what you’re really doing is transferring your distribution costs to the world’s ISPs."
Parker was one of the founders of Zeus Technology, the server infrastructure company that powers many websites. CacheLogic was established as a consultancy, until a chance conversation with Telewest revealed a problem in need of a genuine solution, as soon as an STM1 transmission network was provisioned it became full. Former Telewest chief executive Tony Illsley is now CacheLogic’s chairman.
CacheLogic’s CDN technology combines P2P networking with a network infrastructure alongside content management. Parker describes the technology as a hybrid between a content delivery network (CDN) and traditional P2P. The system has already been picked up by Red Bee Media as part of its Sherpa navigation. It was also used by NTL as part of a technical trial involving BitTorrent.
P2P is now an established part of online delivery and is an important component in the BBC iPlayer, the online catch-up TV service, due to finally be given its launch date in the next few weeks.
Parker is meanwhile looking at the next project that could revolve around cross-platform digital rights management (DRM). "Adobe has come along and said that Flash is now ubiquitous; does that create an opportunity for us?" he asked. Flash-based screens are used by YouTube and other sites. Video often pops up online when browsing through a wide variety of sites and more often than not this is powered by the Adobe technology.
Even before P2P has genuinely established itself, the delivery mechanisms are already on the move.
P2P Comes to Aid Relief
Excerpted from Digital Trends News Report by Christopher Nickson
There’s a new P2P network coming. But it won’t be for file sharing. The new iCare network, invented by a pair of UC Berkeley students, will make for a much faster flow of disaster relief in the United States.
Anand Kulkarni and Ephrat Bitton, both working on their PhDs, were inspired to act by Hurricane Katrina and its nightmare aftermath. Communications were virtually impossible, and the logistics of relief became a nightmare in New Orleans.
Under their iCare system, which is currently in development, it would become much easier to pair needs and supplies so survivors of disasters can start to reassemble their lives.
Survivors would list their needs, using cell-phones or computers in aid centers. The system would then automatically send their requests to companies or organizations with the supplies to fill them. Maps showing the locations of victims are built into the system.
Of course, that’s only half the battle – the other part is delivery. However, iCare will have an algorithm program to find free space on trucks owned by companies that have signed up, and which will be going into the affected areas. Not only that, the program will be able to plot the fastest route for the driver to drop off the supplies where needed.
"There’s a massive desire on the part of the public to help after disasters, and they just need a good way to transform that desire into something tangible for the victims," said Kulkarni.
The plan isn’t for iCare to go it alone, but to coordinate with existing agencies that provide aid relief.
Atzmi for Personal Growth
After a year of development in Israel, Australia and the USA, Atzmi’s beta site has launched. Atzmi is a very sophisticated database, a life enhancement tool that addresses your individual personality, challenges your perception of it, and suggests ways to improve. This project will remain in development through the end of September during which it will be optimized to the needs of users.
Focus on your hopes, dreams, and aspirations instead of dwelling on your fears and frustrations to discover how truly great you can be.
Take the Atzmi Test, discover your true inner self and learn how to achieve your life’s highest potential: to know is to grow. Receive a personalized analysis of your Atzmi Test results - including your strengths and challenges - as well as daily and weekly messages automatically delivered to your e-mail box, providing insights and practical techniques for attaining a more fulfilling and purposeful life.
Need more personalized direction and guidance? Atzmi-certified coaches will respond to your questions, issues, and concerns, and work with you on a one-to-one basis to develop the positive patterns of thought, emotion, and behavior that will bring you success in your life.
Chewing the Babelgum
Excerpted from PSFK Report
While everyone’s attention has been focused on Joost, another P2PTV provider called Babelgum has quietly launched with less fanfare.
The key difference seems to be that while Joost focuses on prime content, Babelgum hopes to capture the long-tail with more niche content.
While the comparison reviews so far seem to favor Joost, Silvio Scaglia, the Italian media magnate behind Babelgum, believes that his tortoise to Joost’s hare will catch-up in the long run.
In this interview, Scaglia states, "Before we share the pie, we must create the pie," meaning that both Joost and Babelgum must work together to develop the P2PTV industry before they can reap their benefits.
VeohTV Sets Sights on Joost
Excerpted from CinemaBlend Technology Report by Steve West
Veoh Networks has launched the beta version of its VeohTV, a desktop video service designed to give users access to all the video on the Internet. Veoh has its sights set on Joost as the main competition and maintains that the open policy on video access, along with some DVR like functionality, will give it the edge to oust Joost. The Michael Eisner backed company is most famous for the WebTV era in the 90’s where a set-top box was created essentially for grandmas to keep in touch with the family via e-mail. It sounded like a good business model, but ultimately flopped. VeohTV, and its promises, may provide a lasting service through the web.
Like Joost, VeohTV has deals with content providers like Fox and ABC, but rather than being limited to certain "channels," the service is open to all video on the Internet. The system comes with a remote to give the unsavvy web peruser a feeling of comfort in bringing together services like YouTube, MySpace, and other video content providers.
Custom widgets enhance the experience by giving the user access to Amazon, eBay, or Gmail. For instance, if you were watching a video on shark attacks the widget would bring up books from Amazon to the side of the viewing area where you could get more info on sharks.
"Unlike Joost, which is a closed system with content from a limited number of sources, VeohTV supports open Internet standards, and has access to virtually all of the video content on the Internet, on demand," said Veoh CEO Dmitry Shapiro.
VeohTV will allow you to set favorites as well. So if you enjoy "Ask Ninja," you can be sure to have it ready to access immediately. In the same vein there are DVR functions where you can download videos to watch later. Unlike Joost, VeohTV does not host the content on its own servers. Essentially the service is an Internet video aggregator with licensed content enhanced options.
OverDrive & Nettwerk Music Group
OverDrive, a digital media provider for libraries, and Nettwerk Music Group have announced a partnership so that music lovers will soon be able to download and fill their MP3 players with tunes – using their library cards.
Depending upon the territory within which the OverDrive partner library lies, titles from artists including Barenaked Ladies, Sarah McLachlan and Delerium will be available to lend from their websites.
More than 5,000 libraries in OverDrive’s network provide download audio books, eBooks, music, and video that library patrons can browse on the Internet, check out, and download to portable devices.
Titles are automatically returned when the lending period is over, eliminating overdue fines. The agreement will initially add about 130 Nettwerk albums to the more than 100,000 audio book, eBook, music, and video titles OverDrive offers, including over 5,000 music titles.
LimeWire Based P2P to Rank Songs
MP3 Rocket is proud to announce the release of its new P2P software version 5.0. The new version 5.0 now allows customers to vote on their favorite songs, videos, and pictures.
MP3Rocket was built from a popular branch of LimeWire’s open source code. With this release it is the first time in history that any P2P network has allowed customers to vote and view the content that they enjoy most.
Paschal Rousseau, Customer Support Manager with MP3 Rocket, thinks that the new voting feature will be as big as American Idol in the P2P Gnutella world.
"When people can vote online for what they want the world will change. Digital freedom is a shot that has already been heard around the world. Distributed computing should be a basic right of all mankind. In my opinion, file sharing is a freedom that is here to stay, a freedom that no bureaucrat will ever be able to stuff back into the bottle."
Damaka Adds P2P Collaborative Features
Damaka, a fast-growing communications and collaboration software company, launched an array of collaborative features that complements its existing feature-rich suite. Damaka raises the bar of collaborative communications by enabling the industry’s first SIP based P2P Application Sharing, File Sharing, and Album Sharing, as well as Ad Hoc Conferencing, Video Profiles, and Calendar.
This positions Damaka’s Personal Softswitch product as an enterprise class feature-rich collaboration suite maintaining its lead in the marketplace.
Unlike a costly traditional client-server based offering in the market for Application Sharing, Damaka provides corporate users a very cost effective alternative solution with all its sharing and collaborative features that are based on direct peering technology with complete encryption. Now, corporate users can share any of their documents, like PowerPoint presentations, Excel spreadsheets, etc. with their colleagues at no extra cost.
Damaka’s standards-based secure direct-peering unified communication application is well positioned to serve an ever-expanding range of market segments – enterprises and ISPs.
Swarmcast Launches Autobahn
Excerpted from Monsters & Critics Report by Steve Ragan
Apple’s iTunes lovers are about to get an all important speed boost. Swarmcast is a small company known for its advances in streaming video. In 1999, Justin Chapweske developed the first P2P delivery system that later saw some of its functionsused in programs such as BitTorrent and Gnutella. The latest release announced by Swarmcast is Autobhan, an application that will improve speeds when downloading video from the iTunes store.
"For streaming and downloads, Autobahn optimizes your incoming bandwidth, providing faster downloads and more reliable streaming. Unlike some download applications, Autobahn does not use P2P transfers and does not use any upstream bandwidth," the company said, describing how the application works.
Instead, the company uses multi-source streaming. Downloads rely on a single server to send the information over a network and to your computer. Autobahn uses the multi-source streaming to pull information from several servers at once, removing the likelihood of delays and congestion on the network.
Swarmcast said the technology would help viewers download movies, music, even television episodes to their computers ten times faster than they are used too. That is a serious claim, but not without some level of truth. Many experts agree that such services are needed to account for the increase of streaming media, while connections are still strictly controlled.
"The resounding success of the Apple iTunes store shows the power of giving consumers what they want, when they want it, wherever they want to go. Our mission is to make downloads through iTunes even faster, while introducing some new tricks and functionality enabled by Autobahn. Right off the bat, you’ll be able to monitor the download speeds you’ve achieved with Autobahn. Just check out the performance indicator that pops up from the Autobahn icon in your system tray," reads the product launch blog.
P2P Remains Dominant Protocol
Excerpted from Slyck.com Report by Thomas Mennecke
Last week, a press release was issued by Ellacotya that suggested something quite startling - Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (HTTP), aka web traffic, had for the first time in four years overtaken P2P traffic. The results were surprising, as BitTorrent alone has dominated the Internet with some estimates suggesting it can consume up to 60% of an ISP’s traffic.
Yet within a few hours, Ellacotya’s findings were quickly becoming headline news. Could it be true that YouTube, with its enormous popularity, had finally led web traffic back to its previous glory?
Up-and-coming P2P data caching firm, Oversi, refuted Ellacotya’s claim.
Oversi, which just received an 8 million dollar capital investment from Cisco, is an Israel-based company that specializes in caching P2P traffic. This file-sharing friendly approach to managing bandwidth allows consumers to enjoy the technological advances of the Internet while also considering the needs of non-P2P Internet users. Oversi’s technology accomplishes this by caching the most heavily requested P2P queries and keeping the requested traffic inside an ISP’s network. Great success.
To get a more rounded picture of HTTP vs. P2P landscape, Eitan Efron, the VP of Marketing at Oversi gave us his perspective on the issue. As many already suspect, Oversi’s perspective revealed that HTTP wasn’t outpacing P2P, and in fact P2P was on the rise.
"In some regions (e.g., the US) and specific ISPs, the HTTP and P2P have equaled on average and both stand at around 35-40%," Eitan told Slyck.com. "But this circumstance is true for ISPs that heavily use traffic shapers and enforce heavy throttling of P2P or for the few ISPs that charge by bandwidth. It is interesting to note that even in these specific cases that P2P traffic continues to be on the rise."
Eitan articulated a significant point that others who picked up on Ellacotya’s research didn’t report. Because Ellacotya’s business focuses on traffic shaping (i.e., P2P blocking), Eitan feels its study would naturally contain less P2P traffic.
"As you can understand, this report was done by a company that is selling traffic shapers that are used for heavy P2P throttling. They measured traffic patterns at their points of presence (POPs), so the numbers are obvious."
Reversing the study of Ellacotya, Eitan contends that in fact P2P traffic remains the dominant protocol of the Internet.
"We find the actual P2P numbers to be much higher – at least 50-60% of total traffic – in most regions, and ISPs in some cases experience P2P traffic at levels of 80%," Eitan told Slyck.
"Another reason for the difference in numbers relates to the traffic you monitor and where you measure the traffic. Most ISPs that use traffic shapers use them on a limited portion of their network. Most use traffic shaping to reduce their international bandwidth at these lines. And due to the heavy rate limiting, the portion of P2P is lower than the overall numbers. But the international/ interconnect lines are only a portion of the entire bandwidth within the ISP. If you take the portion of P2P in internal traffic and the peering points to other ISPs – points of little/low pain – you will find totally different numbers. Here is where you will find much larger portions of P2P."
How to Lose the P2P Race
Excerpted from Agoravox Report
"P2P video only accounts for about 10% of file-swapping right now, but it’s growing at triple-digit rates," said Eric Garland.
Quoted in Investors.com, he’s the CEO of web-tracking research firm BigChampagne, and, he added, "More than 9 million people log onto a P2P network worldwide each day, and that grows each year despite intense efforts by the entertainment industry to shut down the unauthorized ones."
He went on, "It’s going to get even tougher to stop the flow. In addition to P2P networks, numerous websites have surfaced that offer enough video content to fill a movie rental store.
"These websites essentially are search engines like Google, but focused on video. They don’t host the content but provide an Internet link that connects users to wherever the content is located, on a central server or someone’s personal computer."
Investors.com also said, according to analysts, the corpulent entertainment industry "will never be able to stop the flow of unauthorized copyrighted content across the web," and "rather than trying to stanch the flow, the entertainment industry should do a better job at cashing in on the trend."
"You can throw a police force at it, but it will still exist," said Stan Rogow, "a producer and writer with a string of Hollywood shows and movies to his credit," adding, "It’s just a new method of distribution."
The entertainment cartels claim they have hundreds of sites distributing "legal" music and movies. In fact, there’s only a handful, and not one of them is successful.
iTunes is going great guns! - you say. But in truth, compared to what’s happening in the real, independent online world, iTunes doesn’t even register.
There is, however, an ever-increasing number of brand new sites going online, as a result of the efforts of independent innovators and creators hoisting non-broadcast flags.
MyBloop is one. "Users can upload, and share, an unlimited number of files, listen to music, create playlists, back up files – and there’s nothing to download or install," according to one of the founders. Britain’s TV Links is another. And in Toronto, Canada, TV Kalendar has just opened, to organize TV show torrents and episode information.
Coming Events of Interest
Web Video Summit – June 27th–28th in San Jose, CA. This workshop is about video distributed over the Internet, bringing together the pioneers of an exploding industry. They’ll explain what you need to know about shooting, editing and encoding, distributing and promoting your work, and claiming your rewards. Real choices, working techniques, and field-hardened creators.
Edinburgh Television Festival – August 24th-26th in Edinburgh, Scotland. Janus Friis, Co-Founder of P2PTV service Joost, will deliver the inaugural Futureview Lecture at this year’s festival. The aim of this year’s event is to assemble a cast list from the hottest shows, the most exciting new technologies, and the biggest TV controversies of the year.
International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) – September 6th-11th in Amsterdam, Holland. IBC is committed to providing the world’s best event for everyone involved in the creation, management, and delivery of content for the entertainment industry, including DCIA Members. Run by the industry for the industry, convention organizers are drawn from participating companies.
PT/EXPO COMM – October 23rd-27th at the China International Exhibition Center in Beijing, China. The largest telecommunications/IT industry event in the world’s fastest growing telecom sector. PT/EXPO COMM offers DCIA participants from all over the world a high profile promotional platform in a sales environment that is rich in capital investment.
P2P Advertising Upfront – Sponsored by the DCIA October 26th in New York, NY and October 29th in Los Angeles, CA in conjunction with Digital Hollywood Fall. The industry’s first bicoastal marketplace focused on the unique global advertising, sponsorship, and cross-promotional opportunities available in the steadily growing universe of open and closed P2P, file-sharing, P2PTV, and social networks, as well as peer-assisted content delivery networks (CDNs).