Newsletter May 2002, Issue 55
Published by Sonaris Consulting, Felix Bopp, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

- Conference Highlights: A) Streaming Media: IWA / Intervox, ntl:home B) TV meets the Web: Submarine, BBC, Windows Media Platform 'Corona'
- Who owns digital property?
- Internet2
- Conferences & Events

Conference Highlights

A) Streaming Media

IWA / Intervox
Peggy Miles, Vice Chair, IWA / CEO, Intervox: "Major concerns slowing down deployment are lack of billing and implementation of ip-multicasting, insecurity over rights issues, and sustaining revenue models. In light of these challenges, it's apparent enterprise and select entertainment sites are making a go with it, enough to sustain their businesses and grow at a modest rate.
Interesting to watch - is the growth of subscription based entertainment services, in particular Real One with 600,000 consumers paying about $ 9.95 a month, and with CNN and ABC also offering their news and others special interest offering independent at about $ 5.00 per month.
There is a lot of talk about the deployment of webcasting over mobile environments and the interest is from the carriers. What hasn't been determined is the exact business models that will enable webcasting over wireless or mobile environments, because it is too soon to tell.
However, if morpheus, kazaa and other p2p downloading systems are an indicator, people will demand access to content, the same way. The challenge for carriers and mobile streaming services is to make it as easy to use and have the same selection as the illegal downloading sites. If that can happen, convenience, ease of use, selection, and micropayments - the market will evolve in a robust manner whether music, movies, games or sending photos of your friends. But, if one of these elements is delayed, it will be a challenge for the growth of webcasting over mobile and wireless environments."

ntl:home is the residential division of the UK's largest cable company and offers digital TV, telephony and internet services to 2.84 million customers and pass 9 million homes. ntl:home have 845,000 internet customers and lead the UK broadband internet market with over 200,000 customers. 6 million homes are now broadband ready.
Chris Bunyan, Head of Internet Services, Content:
- Content relationships are assuming increasing importance for BSPs (Broadband Service Provider). - There are strong synergies for BSPs and content companies in working together.
- The Building and Differentiating Phases are merging - as the market picks up this process will increase.
- Broadband content companies should begin building relationships with distribution and marketing partners well before the market hits one million broadband customers.
ichoose.TV has a carriage agreement with NTL to be on their broadband Internet service. ichoose.TV is a free, independent, Internet television network, allowing you to watch what you want, when you want, at the click of a mouse. As well as offering a broad range of programming to viewers who are fed up with conventional TV programming schedules, ichoose.TV produces original and exclusive content using new technology to customise programmes. You can use their video-on-demand service for music, short films, reviews, sports, news, animation, games, information, comedy, alternative comedy, fashion, the natural world and more.

B) TV meets the Web

Presented by Femke Wolting, Founder.
Submarine was founded in 2000. With Submarine Femke Wolting produced various cross-media productions such as, a youth program on television and Internet, and documentaries for Dutch national broadcasting networks such as MTV Voorbij, a documentary about the art of music videos. From 1995-1999, she was staff member of VPRO-Digital, a research department focusing on the effect of information and communication technology on production, distribution and consumption of media within the context of a Dutch public broadcasting organisation. is an online channel for and about digital media culture in its broadest sense. From design to Internet, from short digital films to animations and interactive graphic novels, provides a showcase for formats targeted at a young, critical audience with a global perspective.

The UK is probably the most advanced iTV market in Europe. Frank Boyd, as Director of Creative Services in the BBC's Innovation and Learning Department, is watching its development closely: "I think that the overall rate of growth in uptake for digital will slow down slightly. There will be a steady but not spectacular growth in the number of broadband-to-PC subscribers, although PC usage in the home is probably already near maximum penetration. I suspect that British Telecom may cut the cost of domestic ADSL subscriptions in the next few months. The early adopters of digital TV (DTV) also have, by and large, already adopted. It's hard to see what new applications will attract more subscribers unless there is a very significant demand for the free to air channels. I doubt that even the launch of the new BBC services will offset the cost of upgrading or replacing analogue sets for many of the consumers who have not already converted to digital.
The BBC is in a unique position (and has a unique obligation) to develop services across all digital platforms because of its funding and because it has a mandate from government to develop digital services. The signs are that the organisation will maintain its reputation as a quality producer of content across a wide range of platforms and that it has a pretty good understanding of a mediascape that continues to change rapidly and radically. It has developed one of the most successful websites in Europe, it has pioneered innovative programmes and applications for interactive television and is rolling out a pretty convincing slate of new services on digital platforms. It is altering one of its key mission statements from 'inform, educate and entertain' to 'inform, educate, entertain, connect'.

Windows Media Platform 'Corona'
Presented by Erik Huggers, European Business Manager for the Microsoft Windows Digital Media Division.
"Corona" improves Internet streaming by introducing Fast Stream, which gives an instant-on, always-on experience, bringing home-theater-like audio and video quality to broadband PC users.
The new WMA Professional codec enables Web-based delivery of 6-channel surround sound with full-spectrum, full resolution audio (24 bit / 96 kHz sampling). A new version of the Windows Media Video (WMV) codec provides a 20% efficiency boost compared with the previous version and now introduces the ability to provide HDTV-like video quality at file sizes half that of today's DVDs, for local playback on the PC.
'Corona' beta version in 2002, commercial version beginning 2003. More at:


Sonaris supports IWA - the International Webcasting Association -


Who owns digital property?

The IPR-Helpdesk
The IPR-Helpdesk was launched in 1998 as a European Commission pilot project aiming to assist potential and current contractors taking part in Community funded research and development projects with IPR issues. The Commission subcontracted this activity to an external entity for a three-year period, ending in August 2001.
The IPR-Helpdesk is now providing services once more, this time under a different contractual form with the Commission. The new project started officially on 1st January 2002.
The Consortium now running the IPR-Helpdesk decided to enhance its services by, among other things, creating a new website. The website will be progressively developed and completely operational by the end of June 2002. The Consortium running the project is made up of the following partners: Universidad de Alicante (Coordinator) and Universidad de Alicante, Queen Mary & Westfield College, Facultés Universitaires Notre Dame de la Paix, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität (Content providers).



Internet2 is a consortium being led by over 190 universities working in partnership with industry and government to develop and deploy advanced network applications and technologies, accelerating the creation of tomorrow's Internet. Internet2 is recreating the partnership among academia, industry and government that fostered today's Internet in its infancy. The primary goals of Internet2 are to:
a) Create a leading edge network capability for the national research community
b) Enable revolutionary Internet applications
c) Ensure the rapid transfer of new network services and applications to the broader Internet community.

Internet2 Newswire:
New Intercontinental Internet Performance Records Set in Internet2 Land Speed Record Competition
Washington, DC-May 7, 2002 - An international team set a new record for Internet performance by transferring the equivalent of an entire compact disc's contents across more than 7608 miles (12,272 km) of network in 13 seconds. The rate of 401 megabits per second achieved in transferring 625 megabytes of data from Fairbanks, Alaska to Amsterdam in the Netherlands is over 8,000 times greater than the fastest dial-up modem.



Sonaris supports CDeMUSIC:


Conferences & Events

The Cybersonica Festival - International Festival of Digital Music and Sound
June 4-7 2002, London, UK

June 4-8, 2002, Cologne, Germany

World Summit on Internet and Multimedia 2002
June 11-14, 2002, Montreux, Switzerland

MITIL 2002
June 12-14, 2002, Vevey, Switzerland

June 19-21, 2002, Cologne, Germany

The 3rd Workshop and Exhibition on MPEG-4
June 25-27, 2002, San Jose, CA, USA

Mobile Multimedia Messaging Content & Applications Congress
June 26-28, 2002, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

June 28-29, Budapest, Hungary

NetMedia Awards
July 4, 2002, London, UK

August 15-17, 2002, Cologne, Germany

MIAC 2002
August 25-26, 2002, Toronto, Canada

ICME 2002 - IEEE Int. Conf. & Expo on Multimedia
August 26-29, 2002, Lausanne, Switzerland

Ars Electronica Festival
September 7-12, 2002, Linz, Austria

IBC 2002
Conference September 12-16, 2002, Exhibits September 13-17, 2002, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The NAB Radio Show
September 12-14, 2002, Seattle, WA, USA

Streaming Media East 2002
October 2-4, 2002, New York, NY, USA

AES 113th Convention
October 5-8, 2002, Los Angeles, CA, USA

ISMIR 2002 - 3rd Int. Conf. on Music Information Retrieval
October 13-17, 2002, Paris, France

FUTURE TV Workshop
October 25-31, 2002, Helsinki, Finland

Content Summit 02
November 6-8, 2002, Zurich, Switzerland

NAB European Radio Conference
November 11-13, 2002, Paris, France

Doors of Perception
November 14-16, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

WEDELMUSIC 2002 - 2nd Int. Conf. on Web Delivery of Music
December 9-11, 2002, Darmstadt, Germany


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