Community Media: Selected Clippings – 02/12/07

Maine Attorney General Rowe Announces “Consumer Matters” Television Show
by Patriot
All American Patriots

Maine Attorney General Steven Rowe today announced that his office will launch a television program called “Consumer Matters” in an effort to better educate the people of Maine on how they can protect themselves in the marketplace. “The more information available to consumers, the better able they are to avoid getting hurt by unscrupulous practices, fraud and scams. “Consumer Matters” will act as another resource to help consumers protect themselves” Rowe stated. The show will air twice a week, at 7:30 PM Thursdays and Fridays at 11:30 AM, on Time Warner local access stations. —>

McCauley Edges Closer To Running For Mayor
The Hartford Courant

WEST HARTFORD — The Rev. J. Stan McCauley, head of Hartford Public Access Television, came one step closer Sunday to declaring his candidacy for mayor of Hartford. McCauley, who until Sunday was deciding whether to wait four years before running, announced during a conservative panel discussion Sunday that he would in fact be running in the November election. McCauley said he plans to file his candidacy papers on Feb. 26. —>,0,4856799.story?coll=hc-headlines-local

Cable Providers Wants To Slash Public Access
Group Fights To Keep Local Programming On Air

OMAHA, Neb. — A fight is brewing in Omaha over public access television. Cable providers are in favor of a proposal to cut the number of public access channels from six to three. According to Cox Communications spokeswoman Kristin Peck, there is only enough public access programming to fill just over one channel. Peck said that only 1 percent of Cox viewers watch public access TV, and Cox would like to consolidate the six channels to three to offer more advanced services. But Independent Television Omaha, an advocacy group, said public access programming provides valuable information. —>

Customers critical of Cox HD; company says more is coming
Availability part of debate over public access
By Rob O’Dell
Arizona Daily Star

Cox Communications often portrays its cable franchise negotiations with Tucson as a simple trade-off: less public access channels for more high-definition offerings. Company executives contend cutting public access channels will open up bandwidth for more high-def (HD) channels in the next few years. But many Cox customers are criticizing the company for not practicing now what it is preaching for the future. —>

Manatee schools trying to get TV station
Station would offer glimpse at schools
By Tiffany Lankes
Herald Tribune

MANATEE COUNTY — At Rowlett Elementary School, students arrive a half-hour early to focus cameras and rehearse lines for a live televised newscast, “Good Morning Rowlett.” Students also help produce a twice-weekly talk show and create short features for the Sarasota Film Festival. But beyond that, much of their work gets little exposure outside the classroom. That’s something the district hopes to change by acquiring its own cable television station to air student productions. —>


Netroots conference presentation on Integrating with Alternative Media
By noemie maxwell

—> The pressure to constrict and control alternative media forms — as fast as they evolve — is also relentless. Most of us are aware of the attacks on net neutrality, attempts to defund public access television, intimidation of journalists, and continual technology constrictions on copying and duplication of content (see, for example, How the Net turns Code into Politics on Reclaim the Media). Collaboration across alternative media is critical to keep the means of expression open. —>

DivX: Technology or Community?
by Davis Freeberg
Seeking Alpha

—> Greenhall was responding to investor concerns over DivX potentially being replaced by a technologically superior codec, when he told investors that DivX wasn’t really a codec company. …
If you compare the video quality on DivX’s Stage6 with the quality from YouTube or .wmv downloads, you’ll see how much of an advantage that DivX really has. How is it then that they aren’t a codec company and why is this important for investors to understand? It’s important because if you build a business around technology, then as soon as superior technology is developed, it puts your product at risk, but if you build your business around community, then each user that you reach with the DivX language represents a deepening of the moat that protects DivX’s brand.

Building a Business Around Community
The codec itself is really a means to an end. It’s the way that DivX is able to transport their technology into the digital home. In order to understand DivX’s core business, you have to step back and take a more simplistic view about what it is that the company actually sells.

To say that they are a codec company is like saying that they are in the business of selling zeroes and ones, while technically true, it’s not what they are really selling. What DivX is really providing is a way for consumers to create, share, transfer and consume digital video in their homes. Consumers don’t care if their TV comes from DivX, .wmv or mpeg2, they care about being able to enjoy a high quality experience, while watching their videos within their own entertainment eco-system.

compiled by Rob McCausland
Director of Information & Organizing Services
Alliance for Community Media

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