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SF Gate: Open-Source TV Broadcasters should jump on the open source bandwagon, pronto

Jan 08, 2000, 16:12 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Hal Plotkin)

[ Thanks to George Mitchell for this link. ]

"The digital broadcasting industry now emerging relies heavily on proprietary software made by just three companies: Microsoft, Apple Computer, and RealNetworks. By controlling the software used for broadcasting over the Internet, those firms have positioned themselves to control all online broadcasts."

"Microsoft, Apple and RealNetworks don't control the Internet's pipes. But they do control the technology used to deliver moving images through those pipes. If given a chance, it's likely those firms will exploit their advantage the same way the Big Three broadcasters did during the decades when they had a stranglehold on the airwaves."

"There's only one thing on the horizon I can see that could possibly preserve a diverse online broadcasting industry: the open source software movement."

"Alarmingly, it's quite possible, even likely, that only one streaming media format will endure over the long run, just as there is only one dominant format for video recorders. If that happens, we may well look back at all the broadcasting outlets we had in the 1960's with nostalgia.

"That's why the broadcasting industry and the open source movement need to start smooching it up big time real soon."

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