Open Source + Television


Mark Pesce suggests that an internet broadcast system needs to have the ability to use DRM and collect micropayments before commercial producers will allow their content to be included:

Without these two basic architectural components, the Internet tuner would remain a curiosity, lacking the branded content that people have grown to expect from television. In this case, the unendurable must be endured: an open-source project must collaborate with the archons of copyright to create a system sufficiently secure to attract their offerings. When copyright-encumbered offerings are freely and equally available through the Internet tuner, viewers will be able to draw their own conclusions about the relative value of professional content.