Imagine you’ve gone to see a major musical act live and somehow managed to record several concerts with your HDV camcorder. Hoping to share your footage with other fans you make it available via BitTorrent, but how can you let people know how to get it. If the band happens to be Nine Inch Nails you might contact Trent Reznor and let him publicize it for you.
In fact that’s exactly what happened, And keeping with his recent history of innovative promotions he passed the news on to NIN fans via the band’s website.
The footage comes from shows in Victoria, British Columbia, Portland, Oregon, and Sacramento, California. Being high definition (1080i) MPEG-2 video they total more than 400GB between them. If you’d like to download them for yourself you can use the links below.
In addition to a lot of free hard drive space, you’ll need a BitTorrent client to download and some skill at working with high definition MPEG-2 files. Unless you have a Mac you’ll also need to learn how to demux HDV2 files to a standard elementary MPEG-2 video stream.
If you’re wondering why Trent Reznor is promoting what amounts to bootleg video that he can’t sell and won’t profit from, think about this. It gives him free publicity in many places (like Afterdawn) where he wouldn’t normally get mentioned.
Result for: concerts
Netflix and TiVo have announced a long anticipated partnership today meaning that Netflix subscribers will be able to stream movies through TiVo’s set-top boxes.
The deal is the latest in a string of moves that has positioned Netflix to become one of the leaders in digital offerings through media hubs. Netflix currently has over 13,000 movies, televisions, and concerts available through their “Watch Instantly” streaming service.
TiVo will begin testing the service today and will make it widely available by Christmas. There will be no extra charge as long as you have a Netflix subscription that costs over $8.99 USD.
“For us this is very much aimed at new customers,” said Tom Rogers, chief executive of TiVo. “There are nine million Netflix subscribers out there who are movie lovers and who want something that really adds juice to their overall television experience.”
“That was a great testament to the over-optimism of technologists like me,” added Reed Hastings, Netflix’s chief executive.
Result for: concerts
Samsung has announced that it has signed a deal with Netflix that will allow the company’s Blu-ray players to stream movies and TV shows from Netflix’s “Watch Instantly” streaming service.
Many analysts believe that the deal is just the beginning and that Netflix will eventually make a similar move allowing for instant streaming playback of their service on HDTVs made by Samsung.
The deal marks the second time Netflix has had software embedded in Blu-ray players. LG Electronics currently has a Netflix streaming enabled player available for $350 USD.
“Watch Instantly” continues to add content, and now has over 12,000 movies, TV shows and concerts available to Netflix subscribers.
All future Samsung models will have the feature built-in but two current players, the BD-P2500 and BD-P2550 will work after a firmware upgrade.