Jon’s Radio Comments

October 17, 2006

DRM by asking nicely

Filed under: Uncategorized — jonsradiocomments @ 5:08 pm

The original item is here.

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  1. Possibly related factoid, “This American Life” is working on a show for Showtime

    http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/entertainment_tv/2006/01/this_american_l.html.

    Having a working podcast switches the context from, “Hey these people are stealing our radio show,” to “This is great advertising for our cable show.”

    Maybe they’ll slide a few promos into the podcasts.

    Comment by Ray — October 17, 2006 @ 8:26 pm | Reply

  2. I think the problem is that the level of protection, which people use to distinguish public contents from private ones, is subjective.

    IMHO, it’s not reasonable to require all private content publishers to be geeks nor is it reasonable to require them to utilize expensive and/or cumbersome DRM.

    Comment by Don Park — October 18, 2006 @ 5:41 am | Reply

  3. I concur that the “average Joe” stopped listening to TAL when the seeming “fence-post tottering” started this summer.

    Before that incident, I was pleased and excited when TAL was prominently displayed in the podcast area inside of TiVo’s directory and took this addition to be an invitation that more open access was just around the corner. I must admit that I didn’t take the time to investigate until later that they’d converted to mp3 all together.

    That single act caused me to listen to so many episodes. I almost salivated at the thought of listening to a bunch of TAL’s with my family on a summer road trip in the country. I was all a twitter with expectation that even if they didn’t provide a proper xml feed with enclosures, that this was only an ugly hack away. Then the mp3 streaming countermeasures started… Oh well.

    I was pleased and surprised again when I saw TAL prominently displayed on iTunes this week. But I didn’t immediately get excited. I kept asking myself, “Is this a teaser episode?”. Time will tell. In the meantime, I’m subscribed and lovin’ it.

    It is difficult being a content producer, and even harder to be an incumbent content distributor today. I appreciate this situation more than most media companies consider. “Asking nicely” was a wonder, silly and incredible all at the same time.

    Comment by Len Lynch — October 23, 2006 @ 2:48 am | Reply


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