Community Media: Selected Clippings – 08/28/07

WIMN’s Voices: A Group Blog on Women, Media, AND…
Conversation with an Independent Video Mentor: Part Two
by Stephanie Mackley
WIMN – Women in Media & News

In this conversation, Jeanne and I talk about how independent video and Public Access Television can change our local communities and why women can enjoy a unique freedom in the video world.   —>

Verizon deal nears for Sherborn
Dover-Sherborn Press (MA)

—>  Sherborn Resident Elliot Taylor asked if Verizon subscribers would also have available to them the same local access cable programming content that Comcast subscribers do.  Solomon said that they would, but maybe not immediately. “The town is requiring that all PEG access channels and programming be provided to subscribers. That’s one of the last substantive issues we’re working on. There may be a time period between the beginning of service and PEG access programming.”   —>

City fleet to switch to ethanol blend [Uniform Video Service Local Franchise Agreement]
by Cathy Nelson Price (MI)

—>    The council also approved the mandated Uniform Video Service Local Franchise Agreement (the State of Michigan’s Public Act 480 of 2006), which effectively wipes out the existing franchise arrangement between the City of Midland and Charter Communications. Currently, the city charges Charter a franchise fee of 5 percent of the cable provider’s gross yearly revenues for right of way. Charter up until now also has provided services for public/educational/governmental programming “in kind” — that is, with no money changing hands. Under the new agreement, a monetary value would have to be determined for the “in kind” services, which the city then would pay back to Charter (or Charter would withhold) out of the franchise fee.

Unlike some municipalities for whom cable franchise fees are an integral part of the operating budget, Midland channels its revenues into a separate account assigned to cable programming and services, including cable in the classroom, MPS-TV 17 and the MGTV Message Board.  Negotiations with Charter to determine that value currently are being handled by City Attorney James Branson. A determination is expected by close of business Wednesday, when the act takes effect.

City disconnecting from Wi-Fi vision
by Jon Van
Chicago Tribune (IL)

Chicago is curtailing its digital dreams, deciding to back away from municipal Wi-Fi service after failing to reach agreement with either of two companies that sought to build a wireless Internet network in the city.   —>,1,5694863.story?ctrack=1&cset=true

High Def Delivery
by Alexandra Berzon

It’s only nine years old, but already Akamai has become the crotchety old grandfather of content delivery networks, ferociously trying to bat away younger generations of companies that offer services for storing and sending media around the Internet.  And grandpapa is facing some seriously lofty expectations these days, given the expected growth of online gaming and video in the next few years.

Already, Akamai holds something between 60 and 80 percent of the content delivery market, serving up content for more than 2,500 companies. But it also has a host of younger, cheaper and more nimble CDN companies nipping at its heels, along with oldies like Amazon undercutting the space with less expensive products. Fear of a price war has sent investors into a frenzy, with the stock dropping around 30 percent in the few weeks after Akamai’s second quarter earnings statement. Investors also reacted last week when rival Limelight Networks announced that it–not Akamai–had scored a large-scale cross-licensing deal with Microsoft.

In response, Akamai is trying to distinguish itself by touting its technology’s ability to deliver larger and higher quality video files, particularly high definition content. It claims it has the only content delivery network capable of meeting the technical requirements of HD.  Red Herring recently sat down with John Healy, Akamai’s director of digital media, to discuss high definition, competing with the newbies, and what’s next in digital media.   —>

Optimum Lightpath Launches Broadcast Video Transport Over Metro Ethernet
Newest Addition to Optimum Lightpath’s Metro Ethernet Intelligent Transport Services Built Specifically For Broadcast Quality Video Supporting a Variety of Media Applications
PR Newswire

Optimum Lightpath, the next- generation business broadband service provider of Cablevision Systems Corporation , today announced the launch and availability of Broadcast Video Transport (BVT), the newest addition to Optimum Lightpath’s award-winning Metro Ethernet Intelligent Transport Services portfolio.

Optimum Lightpath’s BVT addresses the needs of the media sectors, including production facilities, broadcasters, television stations, content distributors and enterprises that have high-resolution broadcast quality video requirements. The service supports compressed, uncompressed, analog, digital, and high-definition video applications that require “Broadcast Quality,” given its sensitivity to packet loss, transit delay and jitter.   —>

Google Expert Says TV Is Dying
by Chuck Huckaby
Work at Home Business Opportunities

—>   This Google expert says traditional TV is about dead.  I think he’s living in his own little cyber world however because what he says presumes the easy access to high speed internet. You can’t download video or audio quickly on dial up!

Given what’s on network TV, it seems to be killing itself without the internet’s help. I routinely select DVD’s for our family to watch. Most shows are just too brainless.  This raises the question, having a limited channels with comparatively high ad revenue financed the creation of shows requiring high tech special effects and “stars”. Will the “democratization” of TV entertainment mean we’re only watching stuff that’s the entertainment equivalent of what people already post to You Tube?   —>

Television: Our Emotional Second Life
by Michael Kokernak
Online Video Insider

OUR INDUSTRY — HAVING been blinded by the bright lights and public relations spin of multiple companies such as Google, eBay and Joost — is at a crossroads. Today it seems we look no further than the Internet to solve the structural issues of the television platform (which had found its birth within a treasured natural resource called the spectrum). Recently we have heard rumbling that Google has also wished to have wholesale access to the spectrum for any intended service. Thankfully, this idea was shelved — for now — by the Federal Communications Commission.

Are we capable of risking more of the same from these newly minted media companies by streaming more Internet over our treasured resource? Bashing Google has become a popular sport, but it is not really about Google’s strength. Rather, it is that Google has become the poster child for what is the most visible representative of an increasingly vanilla flavor — and the world is again about to change. With the Feb. 17, 2009 digital conversion approaching, could the valuable open spectrum ultimately be used to turbo-charge digital television? Who’s to say? But we should pause to recognize the influence television continues to play in our lives and the ways it can continue to shape technology.

The television platform is looked at by uncultured Internet interlopers as a dumb box in need of proper burial — a technology that is missing that dot-com sizzle. Last I checked, us Americans love our dumb box. Internet folks prophesize that the time is coming for TV to drop into the La Brea Tar Pits, yet if you look closely at it, you see our old friend, the “dinosaur,” changing and adapting to its new environment.   —>

Global Findings Show Decline of TV as Primary Media Device
by Jack Loechner
Center for Media Research

A new IBM online consumer study, a component of the upcoming report “The end of advertising as we know it” planned for the fall, shows that among consumer respondents, 19 percent stated spending six hours or more per day on personal Internet usage, versus nine percent of respondents who reported the same levels of TV viewing. 66 percent reported viewing between one to four hours of TV per day, versus 60 percent who reported the same levels of personal Internet usage.

When it comes to mobile and Internet entertainment, consumers are seeking consolidated, trustworthy content, recognition and community. Despite natural lags among marketers, advertising revenues will follow consumers’ habits, concludes the report.  To effectively respond to this power shift, the study sees:

* Advertising agencies going beyond traditional creative roles to become brokers of consumer insights
* Cable companies evolving to home media portals
* roadcasters and publishers racing toward new media formats
* Marketers forced to experiment and make advertising more compelling  —>

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

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