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Channel 4 signs worldwide-first YouTube deal: watch our telly on your interweb box
, , October 16, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Unlike the U.S.-only deals that have characterized Hulu and many of the Google products (see below), this one is something that will actually be useful for the rest of us. "This is big news, as it marks the first time that a broadcaster anywhere in the world has made a comprehensive catch-up schedule available on YouTube, providing Channel 4 with additional advertising inventory and reach: YouTube last week announced it was serving over 1 billion video streams every day." Guess I'll have to acquire a taste for British humour. Total: 1023
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Re: Channel 4 signs worldwide-first YouTube deal: watch our telly on your interweb box

Apparently, there are lots of devices for viewing digital TV off the air now. There is even news of such a device for the iPhone and iPod touch vis new standards fronm ATSC (http://www.tuaw.com/2009/10/17/the-future-of-tv-on-your-iphone-is-atsc-mobile-dtv/). DVR software has long been available for desktop and laptop computers.

We simply cannot be that far away from DVR for smart phones too. Given the legal precedents of the 70s with VCR recording, this seems like the path of least resistance.


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