Streaming Media

Conveniently enough for this class’ blog assignment, I just this week had yet another run in with Digital Rights…except this time I am scratching my head on to who’s rights I actually infringed upon this time.

We all know the olympics are going on. Since we live in the US, we know that NBC is the exclusive coverage provider for this Olypmics. We also know, NBC sucks. Big Time. Apparently, these geniuses think we are living in the 1950s and don’t think we can simply go online for live updates on the Olympic results. So putting the premier Olympic track event, the 100 meter finals, on their precious TV channel was pretty pointless…..since they finally aired it TWELVE HOURS AFTER THE RACE HAD BEEN RUN.


The virtual online library of Cornell University has some rich content on its site, displayed using Quicktime 7. There is a huge library of animal videos and sounds for users to browse through. The media was integrated into the site using LiveStage professional.

I live the look and feel Quiktime provided for this site, although the load time on some of the videos were slow. The site makes up for this by providing different file sizes to go with the users internet speeds. The embedded videos make for a smooth looking gallery, and I think fits the site well.

I do wish the audio and video players were embedded onto the actual gallery page and not on their own pages, especially the audio clips, they just seem so naked on their own in new tabs.



This is a French site that describes itself as a “streaming media art environment”. Several projects are displayed by artist from all over the world, including a project called “QuickTime as an artistic medium”.

I like the projects displayed, and the concept of a “global museum”, although I do with there was more embedded art onto the actual page, too many open in pop up windows.

A cool streaming media use is streaming audio.  With an embedded flash player, a site can have audio files streaming over the web for visitors to listen to.  Usually the option of pause, replay, and volume control are on the player.

A site that i visited recently was the Housecore Records site, which had such a player on it.  The player played only one track, a single from the Arson Anthem record which at the time, was un-released.  The track was good quality and represented the band well, and got a lot of excitement going for the album.  I liked the track and bought the record as soon as it came out, almost solely on the fact that I had heard that track streaming on the website.