Monday, September 29, 2008

Looking at the stats from our RSS feeds

These stats are from RSS ver feedburner - any one help make more sence of them? This purly gives an idea of the dowenloads that in some way are ver the RSS feeds. Next post I hope to look at download stats from Blip and Torrents.

Grassroots Feed Items

Total 224,113 2,927 14,599
Franti Performance - TERRA 19302 -- --
Stuff 18596 1 --
Read my lips 9974 1

This is our most popular channel on VOTV - it was only lightly publised at the climate camp - and featured on Miro so this is a very good number.

AZ Bushcraft Feed Items

Total 48,068 48,767 36,143
AZ Bushcraft (S for Shelter) 1729 1739 --
AZ Bushcraft (R for Rope knots) 1740 1688 --
AZ of Bushcraft (A for Axe) 1711 1697

This channel was heverly pushed by P but most of the views would be ver the streaming sight rather than RSS so this is a pretty good number.

Bike2Oz Feed Items

Total 99,269 18,483
Trailer: A-Z of Bushcraft 10293 1193
Bike2Oz - Cycling from UK to Australia (Trailer) 9692 1081
Episode 08 Bike2Oz (Pakistan to India)

Same as above - but the download counter wasn't activated (fixed)

Friendlyfire Feed Items

Total 2,297 226 12,739
Undercurrents-Tellytubys482.MPG -- -- 1924
Undercurrents-imcPresentsPortSecurityStruggle909.MP4 -- -- 1667
Bill Moyers on Senate Victory to Stop Big Media 1401 3 --

This hasn't been published at all thus the low views and clicks - but still a resenebal number of downloads so it must be being syndicated to a sertern extent.

VOTV webpage Feed Items

Total 51,411 1,947 6,106
Monday, February 25, 2008: Mind Control, Nader, a… 11425 -- --
Blip On Blip #26: Ten Shows & What They&a… 5723 1 --
Blip On Blip #27: Revision3 - Scam School, Pop Si… 4320 -- --

This is purely from the side bar of the VOTV home page?

On the Push Feed Items

Total 6,583 17,892 1,504
On the Push 05 5962 1569 --
On the Push 06 76 1610 --
On the Push 02 50 1610 --

Hasn't been pushed as much as the AZ show and By to biketoAZ show and this is clear from these stats. What more can be done?

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Over 2 million views on VOTV this year.

We have had over 1.5 million streaming views and around 500K full rez downloads of films from this year, we are currently running at over 250K views a month and haven’t launched the project yet. About 3 months away from launching.

Its going to be big.

VOTV Terms of Use - DRAFT

Terms of Use

Disclaimers, Limitation of Liability, Indemnity
The following disclaimers, limitation of liability and indemnity will be present on the website as a linked document.

As a user of,, and/or (the “website”) and associated applications, you expressly acknowledge and agree that:

1. all information and other material contained on the website, including, but not limited to, names, images, pictures, logos and icons, are provided on an "as is" and "as available" basis with no representations or warranties of any kind.
2. to the fullest extent permissible by applicable law, VOTV disclaims all warranties, conditions and other terms of any kind, whether express or implied by law, including, but not limited to, any implied warranties or other terms as to satisfactory quality or fitness for a particular purpose, or the provision of services to a standard of reasonable care and skill, or non-infringement of any intellectual property right, compatibility, security or accuracy.
3. your use of the website is at your sole risk. You assume total responsibility and risk for your use of this website and any materials in connection with the website. In addition, VOTV makes no warranty or representation that the functions on the website will be uninterrupted, timely, secure or error-free, or that defects in or on the website will be corrected, or that the site or the server that makes the website available is free of viruses or other harmful components. You acknowledge that it is your responsibility to implement sufficient procedures and virus checks (including anti-virus and other security checks) to satisfy your particular requirements for the security and accuracy of data input and output.
4. any material downloaded or otherwise obtain any material through the use of the website is done at your own discretion and risk and you will be solely responsible for any damage to your or any third party’s computer system or loss of data that results from the downloading or other obtaining of any such material.
5. under no circumstances will VOTV be liable in any way for any material, including, but not limited to, any errors or omissions in any content, or any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any material posted, uploaded, emailed or otherwise transmitted via the website.
6. VOTV takes no responsibility for any offence given by any of the material on the website.

The majority of content posted on VOTV’s website is created by members of the public. The views expressed are theirs and, unless specifically stated, are not those of VOTV.

Limitation of liability
1. You expressly acknowledge and agree to the following:
1. that under no circumstances will VOTV, its parent, affiliates or subsidiaries, their licensors, sponsors, contractors, advertisers, vendors or other partners, any of their successors, assigns or licensees, or any of their respective officers, directors, agents and employees (collectively, the "released parties") be responsible or liable to you or any other person or entity for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, special, exemplary, punitive or other damages or loss (including, but not limited to, damages for loss of profits, goodwill, use, data or other intangible losses) arising out of or relating in any way to (i) the website, (ii) the use or the inability to use the website, (iii) any interruption or cessation of transmission to or from the website, (iv) any bugs, viruses, trojan horses or the like which may be transmitted to or through the website, (v) unauthorised access to or alteration of your transmissions or data, (vi) the content and materials available on or through the website, (vii) personal injury or property damage resulting from your access to and use of the website, (viii) statements or conduct of any third party on or in connection with the website or (ix) any other matter relating to the information contained on the website, even if any of these parties have been advised of the possibility of any damage or loss and regardless of whether such damage or loss was foreseen, foreseeable, known or otherwise.
2. your sole remedy for dissatisfaction with the website and/or materials related to the website is to stop using the website. Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing in these terms of use affects the statutory rights of any consumer under applicable laws or excludes or limits VOTV's liability for death or personal injury arising from VOTV’s proven negligence or fraud, or for any other liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law. [can we repatriate to the UK and add a clause to this effect? - Melissa)
3. you agree that, regardless of any statute or law to the contrary, any claim or cause of action arising out of or related to use of the site or these terms of use must be filed within one year after such claim or cause of action arose or be forever barred. (is this OK under UK law?)

Web Links from VisionOnTV
Our service may include hyperlinks to other web sites that are not owned or controlled by VOTV. We have no control over, and assume no responsibility for, the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third party websites. Any hyperlinks to third party websites from VOTV’s website do not amount to an endorsement of that site by VOTV and any use of that site by you is at your own risk.

You irrevocably agree to indemnify VOTV and the released parties on demand from any and all costs, claims, demands, liabilities, expenses, damages or losses incurred or suffered by them (including, without limitation, reasonable legal fees) arising out of or in connection with your use of the site, your connection to the site, your breach of any term of these terms of use or your violation of any rights of a third party. This indemnification obligation will survive any termination of these terms of use and your use of the site.

visionOntv Mission Statement Draft 16

Tune in to visionOntv and join people who are making the world a better place!

What we do
visionOntv broadcasts video for social change and for saving the planet. visionOntv is a lean-in, lean-out experience. We give you the option to interact and find out more about the content, or to lean back and watch it like normal TV. Around all our programmes, we will enable people to link up directly for grassroots campaigning and direct action, but also for all the other forms of social networking. For us most importantly visionOntv is an outreach project and we aim to make social change via video a real possibility.

visionOntv aims to inform, engage and inspire the wider public. In practice this means we will broadcast content with the widest possible definition of “alternative”. We believe that social change takes many different forms, and we aim to be a portal to them all.

visionOntv puts the viewer first. We are not an open publishing project and we have a quality threshold for all films featured. We provide training and tools for less experienced producers to enable their work to have maximum impact.

Ease of use

Our aim is to make viewing visionOntv as easy as watching traditional TV. The whole range of options for knowledgable people will be there, but never in a way that confuses the first-time viewer.

The tools we use
visionOntv strongly favours the use of open source tools for video production and distribution. There is an on-going battle for the soul of the worldwide web, between client / server relationships (what people need they have to get from a corporation) and ‘people to people’ relationships (people freely sharing skills and knowledge with each other). The internet is fundamentally based on peer-to-peer relationships, which we strongly defend.

We will not approach this dogmatically, however. At a given time we need the best tools available. For outreach to be successful, the tools need to be reliable and simple to use. We will help to develop these tools where they do not exist, but sometimes the best ones will be corporate and closed source.

Creative commons and media democracy
Digital information is innately free, but some corporations want to restrict that freedom. We defend that freedom via creative commons distribution, which makes up the majority of our content. This means that anyone can re-edit and re-distribute the films, or even the whole project itself, under a non-commercial creative commons licence. We also promote a view of media democracy which breaks down the social divide between those with broadband and those without. Viewers receive high-resolution copies of films downloaded into their computer. These copies can be independently distributed or projected in a cinema, festival or community hall. In this way a single broadband connection can serve a whole community.

We see visionOntv as one of many interconnected alternative media projects around the world.

visionOntv has substantial costs for its maintenance. We will work hard to be sustainable by generating income, to give project workers and content producers funding into the future.

We include only ethical advertising on the core visionOntv project - non-aspirational info-verts from ethical companies.

It is our aim, from monies raised beyond the running costs of visionOntv, to create a production fund, where producers of already-featured content can easily (and non-bureacratically) apply for production grants.

Log on to and tell us what you think.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Good video on how/why to opensource

How to Start an Open Source Project from Phil Whitehouse

OUTLINE for ad-engine useing LIFERAY

The basic programming for this is VERY simple – the key thing is the user experience and the content that the TV station is putting out to carry the advertisements.

We build it using the existing liferay CMS, most of the functionality is already there. The initial version is built up inside the VOTV project as this provided a ethical “walled garden” with out closing the finished system to larger markets.

For good info on the API and social networking side of CMS


Stage one – basic free advertising

Simple liferay webform that creates a HTML webpage.

- picture

- title

- 2 lines txt

- link

A tag chooser – via tag cloud or user created

This then is rendered by an existing webpage thumbnail code into a JPG (or PNG) <>

We create an API to make the jpg available in combination with the tags to our playlist generator.

*** The separately developed play list generator deals with ad placement/tag video matching ***

Stage two – basic pay advertising

Paypal payment gateway for tags – try use existing liferay shopping cart to do this as all the secure payment is built already. Cost of tags are based on demand – every time someone buys one its price goes up, the price is reduced with lack of buying/time.

Need to write the code to make this happen.

Finish API to talk to VOTV player and embed media player.

We implement a simple quota of plays for an ad in a time piread – by default if no ad is available a channel promo – insert is played so the isn’t a problem of empty ad space on the channel – we don’t have to make money for the first year, though it would be nice to.

Use Google analytics to get user stats.

Stage three – basic geo-location

Use the google location API to allow the purchase of geo-tags, which are simply tags that name regions/cities. This is built into liferay.

Geo-tags reduce the cost of subject tags as they restrict advertising to that geo-region – thus this opens up again the availability of “free tags”.

Build user moderation which is more complex, but agen this is largely built into liferay CMS.


Open up system to use on blogs and other video projects. Make it available either GPL or creative commons

Start work on VERSION 2

This version starts to address the language and techniques of old-fashioned advertisements and is launched as an open source advertising application – if we use creative commons –non commercial then we can licence it for CASH to commercial companies while allowing free non-commercial/small-scale use and open source development.

MODERATION - Our ad network – info-verts?

For the first 3-6 months all advert providers are checked by our core team. After this we have open adversting to small selected groups and trusted advertising to the main VOTV audience.

After this user moderation kicks in:

For moderation of the ethical advertisement we use - a user group - which agrees to a anything goes policy on ads – they can then moderate adverts through to the larger main user group. Have to be over 18 and sign a contract similar to a porn site – as it will be open publishing so likely to receive porn. This subgroup will get ads from people/organisations that have not been allowed through to the main ad space. Their job is to flag down inappropriate ads and flag up ethical ads. Say 3 flags and you are out/through.

Moderation levels

1) Small group of Ad moderators (open publishing)

2) small-medium over 18 (almost all ads will be ethical)

3) Ad mainstream (all will be trusted ethical)


1) New customers – go to our volunteer moderators who can pass it through to

2) Trial customers - go to our over 18 customers who can flag for core team.

3) Trusted customers –go to everyone, core team moderated.

All our content has a report option on it – flag. If this is clicked a set amount of times by trusted people then it will be brought to the attention of one of our paid admins.

Ad buyers can have their account suspended or removed if they abuse the system – this is decided by core team.

Would you buy an info-vert?

You use the system to get announcements out to people who are likely to be interested in the subjects you are announcing about.

Sell something

Promote an event

Raise awareness

Public education

Get new members for a club or society

Sell your organic vegetables

Local jumble sale

Build a brand

These announcements will be geo-located and matched with subject connected video and stories – via the tags on the content they are next to.

Tags are priced depending on demand (we could start at free or $1 - needs thinking about) there are a number of ways we can do this. Current thinking is that prices will rise every time some one buys them and decay with time if nobody buys.

To encourage buying of multiple tags – all cheaper tags ½ price after first tag.

Users pay by paypal via web interface – the whole ad-serving system is automatic – only moderation is human-mediated.

How it works

Embedded in our VOTV player

Added to our flash embedded player

Running as a javascript banner widget on participating blogs

There is a simple web interface that sells tags for a price depending on demand for that tag. Users can buy any number of tags – area tags will geo-locate the advert. They can then plus (+) or (-) them to mean this is selected or deselected that area or subject.

The info-vert is made up of:

Still image 640x 480 PNG or JPG

Title and body txt (15-20 words)

An active web link

For the video this is rendered into a 640x480 image and played for 3-4 sec in-between videos using the play list generator. For blogs the image is re-sized to 160x120 or so and placed in the side bar of the article.

Subjects on my talk about list

Budget – $6000 for ad engine and CMS

Advertising - ethical


We have 1.2 million views on youtube 200K a month

100K on vuze

More than 300K on

This is without launching the project as it has taken more than a year to do the fundraising.

After launch within a year:

Get over 10 million streams on youtube

And over 1 million full rez downloads on blip/torrent

Why so many boxes?

The PC-to-TV connection. One approach is to directly connect the PC to the living room TV. In support of this, the PC must have a new 10-foot UI. Many software companies now offer this, including the Microsoft Media Center UI. A 10-foot UI is controlled from an IR remote, as there is little desire to use a mouse and keyboard when switching TV channels or accessing entertainment content – movies, music and the like.

Why so many boxes? The answer lies in an Internet video broadcaster’s requirement for a box to support a “please use my portal!” strategy. With few exceptions, notably the D-Link DSM-520, these boxes do not support open Internet video browsing. Rather, they are the hardware underpinning for a “walled garden” approach, one that delivers video from the broadcaster’s video library to the TV watcher. The fact that all prior Internet-STB projects with similar business models have failed does not deter repeated optimism for releasing new hardware.

Home users in the US have shown significant reluctance to purchase of any new STB – even the easy-to-use Apple TV. The idea that a user may require one STB per Internet broadcaster seems less than practical. But the business models on trial are driven by a common ambition to be a dominant video supplier or ‘video aggregator’ with a single STB that everyone uses; to be sure, a bit like Apple’s hope that the Apple TV would be the “DVD player for the Internet age”.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Activists disrupt Coal Authority AGM

Activists disrupt the Coal Authority AGM in Cardiff. Plans included a new generation of coal-fired power stations, and ongoing expansion of opencast mining across UK. More on