The Tale of the Torrent

Guinevere Orvis writes about getting an old tyme media corporation to move in ways it’s not used to.

“I expect it would take a pretty big fight to get shows shared that are co-owned by multiple companies or which have extensive licensing contracts, like NHL games. There needs to be a fundamental shift in thinking about digital distribution before all of these stakeholders realize it’s a good idea and that’s one of the reasons that our experiment is so important. There will be no precedent, no metrics and no business model will ever develop if broadcasters don’t start somewhere.”


  1. Ouimet
    Posted March 29, 2008 at 9:43 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    “There is likely one person being the driving force behind this effort by the CBC. Her name is Wendy Mesley. She has been with the CBC for 25 years, but has always pushed for a more progressive and modern CBC. Kudos to her.”

    Oh, those crazy kids.

  2. Aigle
    Posted March 29, 2008 at 9:27 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Links from mininova and NewTeeVee. This may be interesting to watch play out. Perhaps a better choice would have been jPod to get more interest

    (yes..”save jPod)

  3. Anonymous
    Posted March 27, 2008 at 6:16 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Bit torrent is great for sharing large high quality video files on the web. But it is too complicated to download the files for most internet users. The CBCs heart is in the right place, but instead they should focus on putting stuff out on sites like google video, which allow for long playtimes, are easier to find and can be played right away. The image quality sucks, but the content can be seen without having to download any software.

    – Downloaded of The Next PM on Mininova: 3,847.

    – Downloads of “Hilarous Jamaican Pot Smuggling Attempt from 1979” from The Hour youtube site since March 14th: 65,073.

    p.s. the smuggling attempt is very ‘hilarious’.

  4. Anonymous
    Posted March 27, 2008 at 8:14 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    I’m sure that if the CBC offered fair compensation for content they could sort all this out very quickly. The problem comes when they want creators to do the dance for free.

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