April 14, 2007

Broadband IP TV is coming

American Indian TV Targets IPTV

AITV to focus on urban areas first, then reservationsBroadband IP television is coming to Indian Country. American Indian TV debuted in March at RES2007, the 21st annual National Reservation Economic Summit and American Indian Business Trade Fair, which featured 400 exhibitors and 2,500 attendees from across North America.

"AITV will be a subscription-based service," said Jerry Ashton, president and cofounder of AITV. "All people interested in Native content will serve as the audience. We intend to feature powwows, news, original films by Native filmmakers, educational channels to preserve and protect Indian culture, Native arts and crafts, and much more."

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

What kind of equipment and broadband access do you need for this?

writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
For one, it sounds as if a person would need a newer computer and broadband access for the streaming subscription video to be received via the internet. By sheerest of accidents, writerfella is right there because his older computer bit the big one (now all repaired and esconced in the home of his nieces and nephew).
For two, the content had best fit the price, period.
For three, there will emerge attempts to establish dominance by certain tribes who have the wherewithal to bluntforce trauma their ways into the programming. If this happens, the 'Sonny Skyhawk's and Mark Reeds and HENRY Geiogomahs and other such opportunists will not be far behind.
At which time, writerfella likely would tune out and subscribe to Toon Disney...
All Best
Russ Bates
'writerfella'

Rob said...

I think Russ is right about what you'd need. You'd need a computer with broadband Internet access. You'd connect this to your TV and the streaming video would appear on your set. It would be similar to cable TV, I'm guessing, except it would come over the Net.

writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
And that particular talent would be possible only if you have Windows Vista Premium, first and foremost if you are IBM-compatible. MACs will set their own directions, as they always have and will. Can't wait for the commercials where the cute guy who is MAC once again will best the fat dude who is IBM. Anybody know who MAC is? No untoward intentions meant, but hubba, hubba!
All Best
Russ Bates
'writerfella'

Rob said...

The Mac guy is Justin Long, who appeared in the TV show Ed and the movie Accepted.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0519043

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Anonymous said...

Hey all, thank you for noticing AITV. To answer the question, you don't need a computer - our service comes with a Set Top Box. We also will be offering an online portal viewing experience as well.

Additionally, we are aware of the "dominance" issue and are taking steps to make sure all the directions are represented.

And hopefully we can be a good enough judge of content to make it worthwhile, but we are expecting our user community to also lead us in the right direction

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