DTV, a new video-blog app for Mac


I came across, a new application from the PCF, DTV: Internet TV. Wrong name – its more of a video blogging publish-watch platform that initially has been launched for Mac. That is obviously going to get a lot of publicity. As expected, I downloaded, and installed. The beta is very polished, and easy to use. Downloading videos is simple – subscribe to a channel, browser the offerings, download and watch. (Needs Quick Time 7.) You can decide how many channels to download stuff from, exactly how many clips you can download, and when the feed expires. (They have a blog, powered by Word Press!)

DTV is a good, scratch that, its a great idea. I love the elegance of this software. But it also exposes what’s wrong with the so called video blogs. You spend a few minutes, download, and then watch, only to realize a few seconds later – what a bunch of crap. Quality content is just not there. The only watchable clip was that of Jon Stewart making fun of Robert Novak walking off the CNN set. (Ironic – big media production!) I saw most of the content from the featured channels, and lets just say, not going back again, anytime soon. User generated video content which will have to make the same leap, as I would have to make from my couch to New York Yankees’ dugout. Still you can start with Broadcast Machine from the same people who are bringing you DTV.

> DTV is a new, free and open-source platform for internet television and video. An intuitive interface lets users subscribe to channels, watch video, and build a video library. Our publishing software lets you broadcast full-screen video to thousands of people at virtually no cost. The project is non-profit, free and open source, and built on open standards. A Windows version of DTV and a full website are well underway and will arrive in the next several weeks.


Clint Sharp

My response is here. Come on Om, I expected better of you. Oh well, not the first blogger to poo poo video and not see where things are going.

chris holland

yeah i haven’t figured out what the rights deal is, but the footage is 100% footage is shot myself with my video camera, while getting heavily sunburned. While I figure NBC has rights to its footage and prime locations, I have my own rights shooting stuff from the stands, at a free event happening over a public beach, in my town. There were no signs indicating video was forbidden. I’m hoping it’ll be alright :) we’ll see, heh! :)

Om Malik

interesting pov chris. just wondering if you own the rights to rebroadcast the same clip. i think this is a good start to get user generated content rolling.

chris holland

the main message i’m taking away from the DTV site is this: “we built it for you, now come”.

To me, the content they’re featuring isn’t really there to showcase the videos themselves, but instead showcases how easy it is to publish your own videos.

Last week I videotaped the Women’s final for the AVP tournament in Hermosa Beach, I certainly intend to see what I can do with DTV. I’m particularly interested in DTV’s built-in support for torrents, which makes me wonder whether DTV clients also help seed the files they download, i’d really love to have the answer to that.


Video is always going to be trickier than audio for amateurs, just because it’s that much more involved. Diggnation is a great podcast to listen to, but Diggnation Videos aren’t nearly as interesting to watch.

Speaking of Quicktime, when is Apple going to hit us with Quicktime 7 for Windows? Better yet, when are we going to see support for Quicktime video in stand-alone DVD players? If I could find a DVD player with support for QT7, DivX6 and WMV9 all together, I’d get that and give my Philips DVP-642 to the girlfriend.

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