So I’ve been getting this question a lot over the past several months: Why Project Entangle? Why would I go about writing a DVR?
On the surface it’s easy to think I’m crazy (in addition to being inkoherent). After all, there’s the Tablo OTA DVR (in fact I’ve had one since the Indiegogo days, although it’s been gathering dust for a couple years). Plex has added DVR support. And the fine folk at SiliconDust now have a DVR for their HDHomerun devices too. And there’s TiVo. Having been affiliated with them for close to two decades, I have a variety of them from Series2s to Roamios. Continue reading “The Project Entangle Wishlist (i.e. why write a DVR?)”
Project Entangle is Koherence’s internal platform for developing various media technologies. It began as a test bed for investigating how TiVo-style trick modes could be implemented using HTTP Live Streaming. Since then Project Entangle has blossomed into a collection of platforms.
The Entangle DVR platform supporting in-home and out-of-home playback is currently being alpha tested, with users watching shows on iPhones, iPads and AppleTVs. Another platform variant powers the SFBayATSC ATSC broadcast monitoring system. Continue reading “Project Entangle”
I recently read a newsgroup thread that started with someone asking just what high definition was. The thread wound in some surprising ways, with individuals asserting, among other things, that anything 16:9 was high definition and that 480i digital content was high definition (while presumably 480i analog was not). I suspect most of you wouldn’t agree. After all, we all know 720p and 1080i are HD while anything less is SD, right? Well things aren’t quite so clear cut.
Continue reading “Just What Is High Definition?”
As part of my consulting work, I collect a lot of broadcast TV streams. A lot of them. At present there’s about 70 terabytes worth representing more than 400 days (that’s right, more than 9600 hours) of broadcast TV. Storing all that data’s not straightforward, since I want to ensure that it doesn’t get lost or damaged. Continue reading “Rotting in storage”
There’s been a lot of chatter about interlaced vs. progressive video and how progressive video is inherently superior. Interlaced video, in comparison is said to be Just Plain Evil. Perhaps it’s my analog video background, but I have a far more favorable view of interlaced video. Continue reading “In defense of interlaced video”