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RSS and Atom Feed Auto-Discovery for Internet TV

Blogs, Internet radio shows, and Internet TV shows all syndicate themselves using RSS or Atom feeds. But how do you tell the difference between the different kinds of feeds‽

How do you know if a feed is for an Internet TV show (all full of videos), or for an Internet radio show (containing only audio), or if the feed is for a news site (and only contains text news articles) without having to actually download, read and understand the feed‽ Sure if you are a human you may be able to figure it out (based on what's on the webpage that links to the feed); but what about machines‽ What about browsers, search engines, web crawlers, and other kinds of software‽ How will they be able to figure it out‽

Luckily HTML already provides a solution to this. We (Internet TV show makers) just have to use it. Here's how.

Feed Auto-Discovery

Before getting into the solution though it's important to understand how feed syndication is currently done. (This requires some knowledge of HTML. If you do NOT understand HTML, then you may want to get whomever made your Internet TV software to look at this article to make sure that your Internet TV software gets this added.)

So first a little background information. (Note, if you already know how feed auto-discovery is done you can just skip to the next section.)

Long ago the only way you could find RSS feeds was by manually searching through a blog or news site (or whatever) and try to find the feed link. Sometimes they were easy to find; but all too often they weren't. (People put them in different places on the page. Some people linked them in with text. Some people linked them in with images. And people used different kinds of text and images to link them in. Not to mention the whole usability problem with RSS and Atom not being handled by the browser in a useful way.)

Now, in addition to this (at that time) most machines (like browsers, search engines, web crawlers, and other kinds of software) could NOT find these RSS feed links. This impact of this problem is probably far worse than you may realize.

At one point Matt Griffith had an idea that was refined by Mark Pilgrim. This idea was called RSS auto-discovery. And it looks something like this....

<link rel="alternate"
      type="application/rss+xml"
      href="http://example.com/feed" 
      title="Example" 
/>

Code like this is put in the <head> of the home page of one's blog, news site, etc. And it makes it so that it is easy to find RSS (and Atom) feeds of a site.

And if you wanted to use RSS auto-discovery on another page on the same site, other than the home page, then you might use code like the following....

<link rel="home"
      type="application/rss+xml"
      href="http://example.com/feed" 
      title="Example" 
/>

(Note that the rel attribute has changed. Where it was rel="alternate" in the previous example, here it is rel="home".)

RSS Feed auto-discovery worked great! Now it was relatively trival for both humans and machines to find RSS (and later Atom) feeds.

For humans, there were bookmarklets to automagically find these RSS and Atom feeds, with a single click. (Later on native browser support was added, which made things even easier.) And for machines, it finally became simple to find RSS and Atom feeds.

Feed Confusion

But as time went on, RSS and Atom feeds found uses amoung other things besides just text-dominated blogs and news sites. We started seeing RSS and Atom feeds being used to syndicate Internet radio shows (also known as podcasts). And saw RSS and Atom feeds being used to syndicate Internet TV shows (also know as vlogs, vidcasts, vodcasts, videoblogs, etc).

Even with feed auto-discovery, we had a new problem.

People typically handle the different kind of feeds differently. (Typically, people use one program to read their blog and news feeds. Another program to listen to their Internet radio feeds. And yet another program to watch their Internet TV feeds.) What's needed is a way for both humans and machines to be able to tell the different kinds of feeds apart.

HTML and TV

Although most people probably don't know it, HTML actually has some facilities for dealing with TV. (Remember, Internet TV is a form of TV; so these facilities are useful and relevant for us Internet TV makers.)

In particular the HTML <link> element has a way of "saying" that what it links to is meant for TV. (Which is great since RSS and Atom feed auto-discovery is done with the HTML <link> element.) This is done with the media attribute of the HTML <link> element.

Internet TV Feeds

The easiest thing to do at this point is to just show the two previous examples transformed into Internet TV feeds. The first example is below.

<link media="tv"
      rel="alternate"
      type="application/rss+xml"
      href="http://example.com/feed" 
      title="Example" 
/>

And here's the second example.

<link media="tv"
      rel="home"
      type="application/rss+xml"
      href="http://example.com/feed" 
      title="Example" 
/>

Note that the only change is the addition of media="tv". That's it. That's how easy it is to mark your feed as an Internet TV feed.

Extra Info for Software Engineers

If you are just creating your own Internet TV show (and NOT writing software), then you do NOT have to read this last section. This is just here to help people who create machines (like browsers, search engines, web crawlers, etc) to write their software.

If you are writing software then you should note the following points.

  1. You can tell which <link> elements point to feeds by the MIME type given in the type attribute. (Note, we're talking about any kind of feed in this point. Not just Internet TV feeds.)

    (Refer to #3 for a list of feed MIME types. Also, make note of #7 when trying to get the MIME type from the type attribute of the <link> element.)

  2. There are 2 things that mark a <link> element as pointing to an Internet TV feed.

    (A): it has a feed MIME type. (Refer to #3 for a list of the different feed MIME types. Also pay attention to #7 when trying to figure out the MIME type for a <link>.)

    And (B): it has tv as a media descriptor. (Make note of #6 when trying to figure out the media descriptor(s) given by the media attribute of the <link> element.)

  3. There are 2 different MIME types you should be watching for. (One is for RSS and the other is for Atom.) They are:
    • application/rss+xml
    • application/atom+xml

    Currently (at the time of writing this article), these are the only feed MIME types.

  4. The rel attribute (of the HTML <link> element) has NO importance in terms of finding feeds. (Whether it be an Internet TV feed, or any other kinds of feed.)

    People tend to think that it must be rel="alternate". But this is wrong! (It could be that, but it doesn't have to be. It could be rel="home", rel="apple orange banana", or anything else.)

    Refer to Section 6.12 of the HTML 4.01 specification for more information on the meanings of these different relations.

  5. The rel attribute can contain more than one relation. For example, instead of just having:

    rel="alternate"
            

    We could have:

    rel="alternate example something"
            

    (Basically, the rel attribute contains a space separated list of link types.)

  6. The media attribute can contain more than one media descriptor. For example, instead of just having:

    media="tv"
            

    We could have:

    media="screen, tv, 3d-glasses, print and resolution > 90dpi"
            

    Both of these have tv as a media descriptor.

    Refer to Section 6.13 of the HTML 4.01 specification for more info on media descriptors.

  7. The type attribute of the HTML <link> element contains a content type and not just a MIME type. Therefore a type like the following:

    type="application/rss+xml"
            

    Has the exact same MIME type as the type below:

    type="application/rss+xml; a=b; c=d;efghi=&quot;Hello World!&quot;"
            

    Both of these have the RSS MIME type of application/rss+xml.

    Refer to Section 14.17 of RFC 2616 for more information on content types.

  8. There is an HTTP header with equivalent semantics to the HTTP <link> element. It is the HTTP Link header. For example:

    HTTP/1.1 200 OK
    Link: <http://example.com/feed>; rel=alternate; type="application/rss+xml"; media=tv
            

    For more information on the HTTP Link header refer to section 19.6.2.4 of RFC 2068.

Summary

So, for anyone who skipped reading the article, and just wanted to read the summary, all you need to do to mark your feed as an Internet TV feed is to add the following attribute to your feed <link>'s:

media="tv"

As in:

<link media="tv"
      rel="banana"
      type="application/rss+xml"
      href="http://example.com/feed" 
      title="Example" 
/>

It's that simple!

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published on Sunday April 2, 2006 @ 2:04PM

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Why Ogg Theora Matters for Internet TV

If you are making an Internet TV show, then you should be supporting the Ogg Theora video format.

As an Internet TV producer you want to support the formats that will let people view your show. So you think: "you want iPod users to be able to view your show, so you need to support .m4v's". You think: "you want PSP users to be able to view your show, so you need to support .mp4's". You think: "you want Windows users (without anything else installed) to be able to watch you show, so you need to support .wmv's". Etc.

But you should be forward thinking too. And do the right thing to help everyone making and watching Internet TV shows, including yourself, by supporting the Ogg Theora video format.

No Tax on Internet TV

All these formats (except for Ogg Theora) are encumbered by patents or have licensing costs associates with them. Costs that me, you, tool creators, and our audience will have to pay, either directly or in-directly. (This means that watchers and makers of Internet TV will have to pay money to some person or company just to watch and make Internet TV shows that have absolutely nothing to do with that person or company.) This just makes things more expensive for everyone since we are essentially being "taxed". And it's ridiculous to just accept this tax when there's no reason we have to.

Ogg Theora was created by a grass roots effort (spearheaded by the Xiph.org Foundation) to combat all the patent and licensing absurdness video formats have been seeing. Ogg Theora is NOT encumbered by patents. Ogg Theora makes it so there is absolutely no licensing costs of any kind! Ogg Theora is completely Free for everyone (and will always stay that way).

Ogg Theora History

On the web we have 3 image formats to work with: GIF's, JPEG's, and PNG's. But did you know that the PNG image format is a rather recent creation. The PNG format was created because at the end of December 1994 one company started making people, who handled GIF's, pay them money because they claimed that patents they had gave them ownership over the GIF image format. (An image format which they had absolutely nothing to do with.) The PNG file format was created by a grass roots effort to combat this. And make a Free image format for everyone to use (without fear of being sued by someone claiming patent infringement).

Later on, the Internet faced another patent crisis; but this time with the MP3 audio format. Ogg Vorbis, a sister format to the Ogg Theora video format, and whose history the Ogg Theora video format is tied to, was created by similar motivations as the PNG format.

The Ogg Vorbis audio format was the answer to the MP3 patent crisis. Although MP3's ushered in the age of audio on the Internet, there were problems with it. There were and still are people who are going around suing anyone who is doing anything with MP3's (who doesn't pay them money), because they claim that patents they have gives them ownership over the MP3 audio format. (I'll avoid talking about all the patent law problems we currently have and the unethical practices and just refer you to the No Software Patents! website if you want more information.) Ogg Vorbis was created as an answer to this problem. Ogg Vorbis is an audio format (like MP3's); but one which isn't going to get you sued if you use it.

Like MP3's, all the video formats of the day were encumbered and plagued by patents. And people were and still are rightly concerned about getting sued and forcibly having to pay fees/taxes. Ogg Theora is an answer to this. Ogg Theora is completely Free for everyone to use!

The Theora codec was based on the VP3 codec generously donated by On2 Technologies to the Xiph.org Foundation. The good people at the Xiph Foundation then turned this into the Free video format known as Ogg Theora.

More on Ogg Theora

This article only scratches the surface of Ogg Theora. You can get more information via the following links.

And if your interested in Ogg Theora, you may find Matroska and Dirac interesting too.

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published on Tuesday March 14, 2006 @ 12:42PM

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What is a Vlog? What is a Vodcast?

Everyone and their pet dog seems to be making up their own name for Internet Television. We have vlog, vodcast, vidlog, vidcast, videoblog, vodblog, video podcast, vcatch, and many many many more. Every combination of the prefixes v, vid, video, and vod with affixes log, blog, cast, and catch seems to be in use by someone. (And somehow the word podcast got in there too.) It would be nice if we could all agree on one name. But anyways....

With both the vlog and the vodcast, "v" is for video. Which may give you a sense of what this is all about; but really doesn't tell the story. The story involves going back to the origins of blogging, the web, and even the Internet itself. And while we won't go all the way back in huge amounts of detail (since doing so would make this article way too long and you probably wouldn't read it), we'll tell enough so that after reading this you'll know what they are and where these words came from. And see why they're just both Internet TV.

So let's tell the tale of vlogs and vodcasts.

In the Beginning

In the beginning there was text. That's it. No pictures; no sound; no video All the Internet had back then was just text. Now people wanted pictures, sound, and video. But they couldn't have it yet. Technology still needed to advance more.

So we had text.... But it was much plainer than you think. You didn't have colors. You couldn't make your text bold, italicized or underlined. All you had were plain old letters and a handful of symbols.

Believe it or not though, back then, times were exciting since this was all new stuff. It was a real technological marvel. But from our standards today, it all seems pretty dull.

The World Wide Web

Did you know that "Web" is short for "World Wide Web"? But nobody calls it that anymore. That's why most website addresses start with "www". ("www" is short for "world wide web".)

The thing that made the Web really popular was that viewing images was easy. On the Web, you click the link to the image, and it just shows up on the screen. Yeah, I know, that doesn't seem very impressive to you. But you wouldn't believe the type of labor people used to have to go through just to download and view an image. (I'll avoid the subject of what images people were looking at.)

Now We Have Blogs

Long story short, the web evolved and evolved, having one technological and social advancement after another, and out from this came blogs (among alot of other things). But no one called them blogs. They really didn't have a name back then. Although some people called them web journals, web diaries, and web logs. Eventually, some people started writing "web log" as "weblog". And then someone thought "weblog" was originally a combination of the words "we blog" (instead of "web log")... and started calling these things blogs.

So now we have blogs. With images and text. But no sound or video. People wanted sound and video. But they couldn't have it yet. Technology still needed to advance more.

We Want Vlogs

Now people wanted sound and video on their blogs (and on the rest of the Web), but they couldn't have it yet. All they could have was images and text.

Web users, bloggers, developers, and futurists have actually been talking and thinking about video blogging for quite a long time. There's actually a very very old and large community behind this that calls these things video blogs; but often shortens it to vlog or vidlog. (I think some of them get offended when they hear people call these things vodcasts or even worse video podcasts. I think many of them feel that these new comers are trying to take credit for all this and act like they just invented it all by themselves.)

On the Internet, No One Can Hear Your Scream

So at this point in our little story we had the Internet and the Web. We had text and we had images. But we did't really have sound or video yet.

And then, through the marvels of technology, the MP3 was born. And then we had sound.

And music on the Internet exploded. And this leads us to the next evolution in blogging.

Now We Have Audio Blogs

So now that the MP3 gave us sound, we finally had audio blogs. (This is what Apple Computer later convinced everyone to call podcasts.) Although, back then, most people simply called audio blogs just blogs. After all, we didn't give web pages a special name when they got images. So what was the point of giving blogs with audio a special name.

Broadband Internet

Did you know that broadband Internet is actually the wrong name for DSL Internet and cable Internet. ("Broadband" is actually the wrong word to use. "Broadband" means something else.) It should actually be called high throughput Internet. I guess it doesn't really roll off your tongue though.

So everyone got Broadband Internet, and now you can watch video... well almost. We can watch short little clips. (I'll avoid discussing what videos people were watching.) We still need some more technological advancements. But despite our current limitations, we were able to have our next evolutionary step in blogging.

Now We Have Vlogs

So in a pretty simple evolutionary step, once we had an easy time viewing even short videos on the Internet we had vlogging. And in fact, with a few technological tricks, we got around this limitation of only being able to watch short videos. (We can now watch full length videos too.)

Let's Call Them Podcasts

So we have text, images, sound, and video. We had audio blogs and video blogs. But while all this was happening, MP3's and Internet music were having their own technological and social evolutions.

Eventually, Apple Computer decided to make their own MP3 player called the iPod. And in an impressive feat of marketing, they convinced people to call audio blogging podcasting. Renaming audio blogging after their MP3 player. Good for Apple Computer; but they stepped on alot of people's toes when they did this (and some other stuff). Remember, audio blogging was already a very old idea. And even video blogging was already around at this time.

Let's Call Them Vodcasts

So all these newcomers now know audio blogging only as podcasting. And, at this point in our story, like those that came before them, this podcast-generation now had their eye on video.

So given that most of them knew nothing about the vlog heritage, they sought out to coin their own name for the video version of podcasting. And some of them came up with what I consider to be a very clever name: "vodcasting". ("VOD" is an initialization for "Video On Demand".)

Oh, and just a note, Apple Computer doesn't seem to like the name vodcast. Remember, they want you to use names that name things after their product -- the iPod. They want you to call it a video podcast. I think vodcast is sticking with these podcasters though. (And still, the majority of people in this game still call this video blogging.)

It's all Television

So now we know what a vlog is; and we know what a vodcast is. And we know where these names came from. But didn't we say this was all just Internet television

Although this vlog/vodcast thing may seem all new, it really isn't. It's really just an evolution of something that's been around for quite a long time. It's just the next evolution of television.

What is television‽ Television is a telecommunication system for distributing and viewing moving pictures and sound over a distance. Television didn't stop being called television when cable television started replacing terrestrial television. Television didn't stop being called television when satellite television was created. And television shouldn't stop being called television, just because it's coming from the Internet.

Oh, and by the way, eventually you'll be watching all this on your big screen TV, instead of your computer. So maybe then more people will be inclined to call this Internet TV.

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published on Monday February 6, 2006 @ 2:00AM

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Finding and Interviewing Camera Operators for Internet TV Shows

If like me you're not a camera operator and need to hire one for your Internet TV show, you might have some apprehension towards the task. But don't worry; I've already gone through this process. And hopefully I can help you get rid of some of your trepidation by sharing my experience.

(And just a note. This article is long. But I've summarized everything at the end of the article in point form.)

As you may (or may not) have guessed, hiring a camera operator for an Internet TV show is exactly the same as hiring a camera operator for a plain old TV show. Which probably doesn't give you any more insight than it gave me (when I came to that realization).

Although I've done alot of interviewing, it's always been for jobs I've done myself and have alot of knowledge and experience about. Interviewing someone for a job you've never done yourself can be challenging. Luckily I have a friend who used to work in the film industry (mostly doing directing) who gave me some tips. And even though you probably don't have a friend like that too, you still have me :-) (And can ask me [and others] questions on the Make Television message boards for anything this article doesn't answer.)

Where Do You Find Camera Operators

The first question that may come to your mind is, where do you find camera operators in the first place? Luckly I didn't have to go into this completely blind. Like I already mentioned, I have a friend who used to work in the film industry who gave me some tips.

He suggested posting a classified ad to get a camera operator. And also suggested 2 places to post that classified ad. #1 was the Vancouver craigslist. (I live in Vancouver.) And #2 was the classified section of some of the smaller local newspapers here. I actually didn't even bother with the local newspapers, and only posted in the crew gigs section of the Vancouver craigslist. (And by the way, if you don't live in Vancouver, you can find one for your city on the craigslist city listing.)

I actually got a very good set of responses to my camera operator classified ad. There's some talented camera operators on the Vancouver craigslist.

But before you can post your own camera operator classified ad, you have to first write it. So let's look at that.

Writing Your Camera Operator Classified Ad

The next thing you need to figure out is, what is your camera operator classified ad going to look like. Here's some tips.

  • Be honest.

    Don't lie and and try not to exaggerate (too much). If this is the first Television show you're making, just tell them that. If you don't have tons of cash, don't make it seem like you're loaded. If you don't think you can give them consistent work (and this is a one-time-job or a job that will have a highly irregular schedule), tell them that too.

  • Tell them about what you are doing.

    Tell them that you are making an Internet TV show. And give them a little info about the show you are making. Some camera operators may be interesting in working on your show because of what your show is about.

  • Tell them about their compensation

    Compensation is another way of saying, what are you going to give the camera operator for working on your project. Money? Experience that they can pad their resume with? Candy? Or what? (And how much?)

    What the compensation should be is the topic of the next section. But regardless of what it is, be explicit about it, and put it in your classified ad.

How Much Do Camera Operators Cost

If you are just starting off, money may be tight and paying thousands of dollars for a camera operator my not seem very appealing to you (or even possible). (Just so you don't get too scared and discouraged from creating your own Internet TV show, let me say right now that not all camera operators cost thousands of dollars; that's a very high-end price.) You may be hoping that you can get a talented but inexperienced camera operator to work on your show for free just so they can pad their resume. (Someone willing to work for free because he or she needs to put more work experience on their resume.) And maybe you can find one. But more likely than not, you won't. So expect to have to pay them something.

Now, although some camera operators and camera operator teams can incur a cost in the thousands of dollars (for a day's work). You can find some for only hundreds of dollars (for a day's work).

One thing you can take advantage of is that many camera operators have their own professional cameras (worth tens of thousands of dollars). So you can combine your budget for camera and camera operator into one. What I did was specify (in the classified ad) a certain amount of money for both camera operator and camera.

In my classified ad, what I put was that if the camera operator had a good enough camera they would get the total amount of cash that I listed; but if not the total amount would be split between them and the camera rental cost.

You're probably thinking, so what's the exact amount you put in your classified ad? I'll tell you that, but you need to keep in mind that in your area prices will likely be different. (In your area you'll have different costs of living, etc.) The amount I'm giving is for Vancouver in Canadian dollars and for 2006. I offered $400 CAD per episode -- for a day's work -- as long as the camera operator had a "good enough" camera. Else, the $400 CAD would be split between the camera operator and the cost of the camera rental.

This is probably as low a price as you can get away with. And remember, in your area, prices will likely be different than this. So build this into your budget.

Dealing with Camera Operator Applicants

After you've finished writing your camera operator classified ad and posted it to the craigslist (or wherever you posted it to) you'll probably get a good number of people applying for the position. Far more than you likely have time to interview.

Depending on how much time you have to spend on the interview process, you should send a short response to either some or all the applicants who applied so they know what's going on. Why would you want to do this‽ You'd want to do this because it's polite, professional, and you'd probably appreciate it if you were in their position.

You might be thinking, but what do I say to them. Here's some things you can say:

  1. Thank them for their interest in your project and their application, of course.
  2. If you know you'll want to interview them for sure, then tell them approximately when you'll be scheduling interviews. Else, if you aren't sure yet, you might want to tell them you'll be contacting all qualified applicants; and tell them approximately when that will be.
  3. If they didn't already send it to you, ask them for their resume. (They might give you a link to it on the web, or just attach it to the message they sent you.)
  4. Aiso, if they didn't already send it to you, ask them for their portfolio. (Most likely they'll give a URL to this. Although many people still don't have an online portfolio, so you might have to wait until the interview to see it.)

Preparing for Interviews

Once you figure out who'd you'd like to bring in for interviews there's some things you'll need to do.

The first thing you should do is prepare a list of questions to ask during the interview. This is a very important step. Just trying to wing the interviews will give you bad results. It's better if all the applicants answer the same set of questions. (It will make your final decision an easier one.) Of course, in the course of each interview, feel free to ask non-prepared questions too.

You should also get each applicant to bring their portfolio with them. That way you can watch it and discuss it together. For me, I asked them to being it in DVD format. We then watched it together on my laptop (which can view DVD's) and discussed it during the interview.

The next thing to do is schedule the interviews. Depending on how many people you want to interview and how much time you have to dedicate to this you may want to book off days to weeks for for this. After you've booked off the time, basically, contact each person you want to bring in for an interview, and let them know the times and days that are available for interviews, and ask them to choose one. (And remember to ask them to bring their portfolio with them.)

One thing to keep in mind is that you should expect interviews to take between 1/2 hour to 1 hour. (The majority of the interviews I did last a full hour.) So be prepared for that. Also, when you schedule the interviews, don't make them back to back. Maybe leave at least an hour between interviews.

Summary

So here's a summary of how you find and interview camera operators for your Internet TV show:

  1. Write a classified ad for your camera operator position. (And be honest when you write it.)
    • In the classified ad, say that you are making an Internet TV show.
    • In the classified ad, say what your show is about.
    • In the classified ad, say how much you will pay.
  2. Post your classified ad on your local craigslist.
  3. Write a short response to the applicants to (first thank them for their interest in your project and their application and to) let them know approximately when you will be contacting applicants to schedule interviews.
  4. Write up your questions before the interview.
  5. Schedule the interviews.
    • Expect each interview to last about 1 hour.
    • Tell the applicants to bring their portfolio with them.
  6. Do the interviews!

After the interviews are done there are a few things you should keep in mind. Who you choose depends on the nature of the show you are creating. You should also try to pick someone you think you and your team can get along with. And of course, you should feel confident in their abilities, talent, and skills.

Next Blog Entry

In my next blog entry at Make Television I'll a take little break from the experience-oriented articles, and delve into the whole vlog and vodcast thing and how it relates to Internet television. So either bookmark this site's URL -- http://maketelevision.com/ -- or subscribe to our RSS feed -- http://maketelevision.com/feed -- to keep in touch and up to date.

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published on Tuesday January 31, 2006 @ 8:44PM

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Making a Television Show for Internet TV

Want to make your own television show? Don't know where to start? Don't know what to do? Don't know what's the difference between Internet TV and plain old TV?

You're in the right place to get some info. This blog and site -- Make Television -- is about making Internet TV. Coming from someone making television shows for Internet TV for the first time. (So I'm a newbie at this, probably just like you.) We'll also have other television makers on here too.

You can learn from our mistakes, so you'll know what to avoid and not have to go through them too. And learn from the things we did right, so you benefit from our experience. And we'll get other Internet TV makers on here to share their experience. (You can also get help on our message boards.)

I'll take you through the steps of producing Internet television. Explaining the problems I went through and how I solved them. From hiring the crew -- camera operators, sound people, the director, etc. Getting locations (and having an idea of when and how much you'll have to pay to get locations). What technology to use (and what not to use). The business. How to promote your show. Advertising. And more. And also how to make a living off all this.

What is Internet TV

First, let's get one misconception out of the way. Internet TV is TV that comes over the Internet. It does NOT mean you are going to watch TV on your computer. (Although you can if you want.) You can watch Internet TV on your big screen television set (like you do with plain old TV).

What can you expect from Internet TV?

  • What you want when you want to watch it.
  • Hundred of Thousands of shows.
  • New opportunities for would be television and movie producers.
  • The cost of producing shows and movies decreasing.

Next Blog Entry

In my next blog entry at Make Television I'll share my experiences with hiring a camera operator. Where I was able to find them. How much it cost me. What equipment I needed; and whether I rented or purchased the equipment. (And yes, what kind of camera you use does matter, and can have a huge impact on the quality of your show.) And give some tips (based on what I've learnt) on selecting a good one. So either bookmark this site's URL -- http://maketelevision.com/ -- or subscribe to our RSS feed -- http://maketelevision.com/feed -- to keep in touch and up to date.

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published on Friday January 27, 2006 @ 3:18PM

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