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NewsForge: Building a Linux Video Jukebox for an Anime Convention

Nov 23, 2005, 08:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Amy R. Zunk)

"How do you run video to four different video rooms at an anime convention without having a staff member change tapes or DVDs at regular intervals? How do you run a video room where viewers can choose what to watch and when to watch it? You hire an open source developer to code a video keg and video jukebox.

"Roy Harms, the CEO of METROCON, Tampa, Fla.'s largest anime convention, was trying to figure out a way to play non-stop anime, Japanese live action films, and other videos of interest in four video rooms at the convention. He wanted an inexpensive solution that was stable, and that wouldn't require a staff member to change out videotapes or DVDs at the end of every program. And he needed something that could play for three days straight with no interruptions..."

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