Tuesday, February 28, 2006

BBC Short Films, from British Filmmakers

The BBC's short film Network is a really great place to find interesting media to stream and watch on our TV's via the use of the TVersity UPnP Media Server and a UPnP Media Player.

Here are some examples, which can be fed directly into TVersities GUI:-

There are many more available over at the BBC Short Film Network which is a showcase and community for up-and-coming UK filmmakers. The following genre range is:-

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Democracy, Free and Open Source

Here is an interesting piece of new software which like Veoh provides a method to access Video Streams of interest from your PC, downloading them were necessary for later viewing. (Perhaps using TVersity?) I am going to download Democracy and try it out as it looks to compliment the current version of TVersity very well.

Anything, which assists in the finding, downloading and/or streaming of Internet Video to My TV via TVersity and my SL300i, gets my vote. I particularly like the fact that democracy is opensource software. I will explain how I get on with Democracy in a future post!

Monday, February 20, 2006

BFM TV 24/7 News in French (Watch Now)

BFM TV is a 24/7 French news channel broadcasting at 448 Kbps in Windows Media Video format.

This is a good quality 4:3 aspect video stream, which works perfectly via the TVersity UPnP Media Server. TVersity transcodes the stream to mpeg1 so that my Philips SL300i UPnP Media player is able to provide the stream on my TV and not my PC.

BFM TV est un canal de nouvelles français 24 heures sur 24 qui est émis à 448 Kbps dans le format de Windows media Video.

C'est un jet visuel de bonne qualité 4:3, qui fonctionne parfaitement par l'intermédiaire du UPnP Media serveur TVersity. TVersity transcode le jet à mpeg1 de sorte que mon Philips SL300i UPnP Media Player puisse fournir le jet sur ma TV et non mon PC.

BFM TV Home web site

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Mobuzz , the European Version of RocketBoom?

Mobuzz is an interesting website providing access to daily Videoblogs in either English or Spanish.

Mobuzz Videoblogs appear to be specifically targeted at the mobile phone, but I also believe that they are something that can be equally and perhaps even more enjoyed, watching at home in a comfortable armchair, when were able.

Karina Stenquist (Above) is the current presenter of the English version and Iria Gallardo (Below) is the current presenter of Spanish version of the show respectively.

The format of these shows are very similar to Rocketboom, where each show is approx 3 minutes in length.

I am really looking forward to the next release of a UPnP Media Server TVersity, as this is going to make it easier to add Videoblog RSS feeds to the Philips SL300i Streamium interface, then to browse and watch these shows on my normal TV, off the Internet.

I have added the shows feeds to my RSS Feed section for my own convenience. You can read more about Mobuzz on their about page

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Songbird 0.1 Proof-of-Concept has been released!

Quote from Songbird.....Songbird is a Web player built from Firefox's browser engine. Songbird is open source, will run on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux and supports user contributed, cross-platform extensions.

Hmm, seems interesting with it's integration with the web and Media services such as Webjay. Think I might just download it and compare with other media manager/players I have tried out etc.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Gradually learning how to Add Media RSS Feeds to my Blog.

Currently trying to work out the best way to add Media RSS Feeds for different categories, formats, etc. It’s taking time to understand and develop how I should approach and do this, however I will get there eventually.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006


Video Bomb filters up the hottest videos on the internet: people submit links to the 'Incoming!' page and you bomb the best ones. If a video gets a lot of bombs quickly, it makes it to the front page.

BBC, Technology, Locking down our digital future

Well, it looks like the power of the people may just be awaking the sleeping giants to their predicament? What is worrying is the reaction; It seems that those in the know and with money want an Internet lock down!

Sunday, February 05, 2006

First post to my own blog

I am going to use this blog to record those things that are of interest to me in the freely available Audio/Visual Internet world.

I therefore believe that a large portion of this blog will be dedicated to those Audio/Video URL's which I can stream via my PC to my Television and Hi-Fi using a simple small and compact UPnP Media Render. (URL’s that worked well and were of interest on the day I posted in my blog.)

As the months pass in 2006 and beyond and blog develops, who knows where it will lead both myself and those who may wish to follow my own somewhat personal journey?

My current A/V UPnP Renderer is a Philips SL300i which I generally utilise with the Tversity UPnP Media Server running on my Internet connected Win XP PC. This combination enables me to watch Internet TV not on My PC, but My TV.