Placeshifting, the art of making your media available where you want it.
Okay, you have a computer at home with some music, some pictures and some video files. Maybe you also have connected a TV-card and a web cam. Now, how cool would it be if you could access all of this whenever you where connected to the net with a device that was able to play your media?
This has been possible for quite a while, but as much of the stuff that is possible with computers, it has been too difficult to set up. To make streaming of media out of your home happen doing advanced firewall configuration and setting up a DynDNS service was necessary.
Content owners – watch out!
I said was. I have written about ORB and SlimServer here before, and I am still amazed over how well ORB works. What makes it especially interesting for content producers and copyright lawyers is the fact that it makes your own media inependent of borders and regulations regarding protection of content within countries.
I have all my Norwegian television channels available no matter where I am. At the same time the content producers work hard on their business model that depends on dividing the world in regions.
MP3 is a technology that forced its way through despite the fact that it was not marketed and actually heavily worked against by the music industry. People wanted availability. Actually people was willing to sacrifice quality on behalf of availability. (While the music industry was working hard making Super Audio CD because they thought that people wanted better quality).
Placeshifting is all about availability. After using ORB for a while I have been quite addicted to having my music available on all my computers. At work. At a friends house. On my mobile.
So what do I do?
You could try one of the most stupid tricks I have ever seen, or start out with one of these:
Streaming all your media. No fixed IP nescessary. No opening of extra ports in your firewall.
Streaming music. Fixed IP and opening of ports nescessary.
Multiplatform: Windows, Linux, Mac.
Streaming video and TV. Fixed IP and opening of ports nescessary.
Video Lan Client
An interesting solution to stream video and music. Very powerful and completely free.
Multiplatform. Windows. Mac. Linux.
I have also an eye on a very interesting piece of dedicated hardware called the SlingBox
Placeshifting gains attention, but watch out. This is just about to take off.
Link to Ian Dixons podcast where Joe Harris VP of Marketing from Orb Networks is interviewed.
Link to the trendmap for “Placeshifting”.
Interesting article about the Slingbox and potential lawsuits on Darknet.