NerdTV is pretty much as I described it back in 2002: a downloadable video show that features long-form interviews with notable nerds. I was definitely ahead of the curve with that download feature. What has changed about the show is just the episode length, which is now about an hour up from 20 or so minutes, and the bandwidth required, now 183 kilobits-per-second up from 128. Pilot after pilot showed that 20 minutes simply wasn't enough time while an hour feels about right. And the extra bandwidth was always needed for the 320-by-240 video window, only now it is finally cheap enough that I can afford it.
NerdTV is still encoded in MPEG-4 and still uses an applet player, only the applet is now Open Source, not from IBM, and comes with the assistance of mediaframe.org.
Sunday, July 10, 2005
Robert X. Cringely is going to create a video blog and podcast. It launches on September 6.