|WarXchild Says |
Netscape founders Mike Homer and Marc Andreessen have launched an online network for the distribution and viewing of public television, radio and grassroots media.
Dubbed the Open Media Network, the free service focuses on giving traditional public broadcasters and independent filmmakers a way to distribute their work online. However, the technology will also enable the average computer user to publish their files as well.
Using the combined technologies of TiVo and BitTorrent file-sharing, users drop their work into a peer to peer network.
The network then creates a program directory in which viewers can find and subscribe to downloads of specific shows. Chairman Mike Homer said that the Foundation will create a more consumer-friendly service in the future, admitting that there is currently no easy way for consumers to publish and view content.
"It has not been a consumer phenomenon" said Homer. "ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been an early adopter phenomenon."
Currently the service is free for both publishers and viewers. The first content made available on the network will include New YorkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s WYNC public radio, human rights-themed video alerts from Witness.org, and independent films from Cinequest.