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the black box

By Jay Dedman | Jay Dedman <jay@...> |
September 2, 2004 | Post #1050 | Topic #1050

so we have a new member of the group. Dan Melinger. met him this week during the http://konscious.tv shoot at my station. he is filling in so many blanks for me. Dan has a black box that hooks up his Tv and his computer. he uses uses RSS/bit torrent technology to download video feeds all the time. then in the morning, he watches ON HIS these shows, movies or whatever video he subscribes to. he says the quality is pretty good depending on the original. a 2 hour hollywood film is about 2GB. Dan says its no different than TIVO...you watch what you want, when you want it. My feeling is that this is awesome...and its important for more people to start making video to be seen. whatever your flavor may be. the delivery system is pretty much here. Dan made his black box himself and uses a PC. I asked him to write up a brief description. Im going to hopefully videoblog his set-up soon so we can see it. _________ Jay here's a good overview of the rss+bittorrent technology: http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/bitTorrent The application with which I've had the most success is the one mentioned on the page above, Radio Userland. However, it's built for much more than just this purpose and seems too clunky for solely the above purpose. There's also a sample RSS feed that I've tried out (at legaltorrents.com) and here are some more: http://sailes.co.uk/rss.php I've also tried an app called Buttress (http://www.sailes.co.uk/buttress/screen.php) and a plugin for the Bittorrent client Azureus (http://azureus.sourceforge.net/plugin_details.php?plugin=rssfeed) with mixed results. There are a few more apps for downloading bittorrent enclosures and launching them listed here: http://www.unmediated.org/archives/000721.html Then, I'm running SageTV on my Windows XP-based set-top-box. The .torrent enclosures are automatically downloaded and launched in a bittorrent client. Then the downloaded video files are placed into a folder on my STB that SageTV looks at for video files. Using my remote control, I can browse those downloaded files. BTW, I just joined your group! Size and quality varies - depends on the media - for video I've d/l'ed media from 100K to 5GB, how much time varies too - depends on your bandwidth and how popular the media is. That's a cool thing about bittorrent. It flips the rules of downloading large files on their head - the more people are downloading, the faster the download. For not-so-popular media, the downloads may crawl or may go fast. For popular media, they can go pretty fast - like over 100Kbps. Maintaining drive space has been a bit tough for me. Essentially sageTV deletes its old recordings that I've watched automatically but I do need to do housecleaning of bt d/l's from time to time. The box connects to my tv via an s-video port built into my motherboard, which is on the back of the box and cable tv gets in via an s-video port on my capture and mpeg encoder/decoder card. make some sense? dan -- Jay Dedman Manhattan Neighborhood Network 537 West 59th NY NY 10019 212 757 2670 ext.312 http://www.mnn.org