Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,
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Pictures I took from the concert I didn't go to...

Ah, the wonders of the www... As much as I might have liked to, I couldn't really justify going to see Nina Hagen tonight. She was playing at the DNA Lounge, which has Internet kiosks and a live web feed. delirium posted about being at the concert, so I figured that I would watch the show online while I geeked. Yay for highspeed broadband...

As some of you might have noticed in the past, trying to take a screenshot of streaming video just doesn't work usually -- you get a blacked out screen. I originally thought that this had to do with copy protection, but actually it has to do with computers using graphics hardware that bypasses the OS. Fortunately, you can configure your settings to not do this, thereby allowing you to take screenshots.



Voila. Instant Nina Hagen. Looking damn good, too. I posted my screenshots up on the web before most people at the club had even found their car keys.

While all of this isn't exactly standard ight now, I wonder what the implications are for the future? Will most clubs get wired? If so, why? Will they become content providers, aggregated by some 3rd party, or will they do it for strictly promotional reasons?

If it does become widespread, it will probably happen due to cheap bandwidth. Bandwidth costs in the U.S. may be less expensive than some other places, but they're exorbinantly high compared to places like South Korea, where you can get all the bandwidth you can possibly use for a fraction of US prices. Unlimited, cheap bandwidth has a lot of enemies in the U.S., but it is doubtful that it can be delayed inevitably -- technology not only will push bandwidth prices down, but will also make it easier for those who want cheap bandwidth to bypass any roadblocks put in place by those who would rather see prices stay the same.

So, what happens once the price drops? Technically, there's no need for a reporter to visit the DNA to do a concert review, and as technology and bandwidth improves, there won't be a need for a cameraman either. It's not that a better job couldn't be done on site, but a comparable job could be done remotely with faster turnaround and considerably less effort.

The news business already dabbles in this kind of future. It's not uncommon for local news in the Bay Area to broadcast live footage from traffic and scenic cameras located around the bay. Couldn't webcams 10 years from now produce broadcast-quality feeds, given cheap, abundant bandwidth and better technology? Will the media of the future be able to zoom in on live events using such cams?

So, yes... in the future, the best place to take concert pictures will probably be from home -- assuming we are given that right.
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