June 30, 2003
The TVBrick Revolution

Imagine you could buy a cheap set-top box that would instantly convert any TV signal to a streaming video transmission. Imagine the "Napster" of TV Broadcasting. Imagine your mate overseas "beaming" any TV channel you miss from home and that's unavailable via satellite. The future is here; the TV Brick is about to be launched:

Primarily targetted towards Japanese families living in France (seeing that popular Japanese channels like Yomiuri TV and NHK Sogo are unavailable outside Japan), the idea is that is you plug one of these boxes to a TV antenna and a broadband connection in Japan, and the other to a broadband plug and a TV in France; instant "magic" happens and all the goodness of Japanese TV is in your livingroom.

Based on open source technologies (and the OpenBrick platform); obviously the crowds are going to go berserk creating open source TiVo like / file sharing applications etc....

(via digi.no)

Update: Trond suggests one TV Brick at each university in the world; possibly hooking those boxes on to the educational internet backbones and thereby spreading the goodness, the knowledge (and the trash) of all TV channels instantly, for free, world-wide...

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Neat stuff. But I'm thinking with a TV tuner card like my ATI All-in-Wonder, a reasonably fast processor, and Nullsoft's NTV software, you could put together some pretty robust software that does precicely this and more.

Posted by: Jordan on June 30, 2003 04:28 PM

Hem. My link got stripped out. The link to NTV is http://www.nullsoft.com/ntv/ -- and for reference, NTV is the marriage of Nullsoft Streaming Video (NSV) and SHOUTcast:

http://www.nullsoft.com/nsv/
http://www.shoutcast.com/

Posted by: Jordan on June 30, 2003 04:31 PM
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