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october 6-8, 2000 |
|net.congestion, international festival of streaming media|
festival is devoted to new forms of broadcasting and live programming that
have emerged around the Internet (the so-called "streaming media"); like
net.radio, net.tv, net.film and the hybrid media.
The festival presents and explores the use of streaming media as an artistic and tactical (social/political) medium. Video, audio or media streaming, also is known as webcasting, allows to view television programming, film and/or listen to radio over the Internet. Streaming differs from other methods of delivering video and audio over the Internet in that it allows for real-time access to programming, rather than requiring to download entire files before viewing and/or listening to broadcasts. And give interactive control to viewers and/or listeners. Disabled computer users also can effectively utilize this multimedia materials by providing captioning and transcripts of audio (for deaf), and descriptions of video (for blind).
The dominant streaming media players are *RealPlayer from RealNetworks*, *WindowsMedia from Microsoft* and *QuickTime from Apple*. To ensure that multimedia created with streaming technology will be accessible to all Web users work the *Web Access Initiative (WAI)*, sponsored by the World Wide Web Consortium . *The Web Access Project* researches, develops and tests methods of integrating access technologies (such as captioning and audio description) and new Web tools into a WWW site, making it fully accessible to blind or deaf Internet users.
The festival net.congestion is an initiative of new media culture organisations from *Amsterdam*. Last fall, the first european meeting and exhibition of this emerging industry, *Streaming Media Europe*, was held in the city. The industry is organised in the *International Webcasting Association* .
RealPlayer from RealNetworks
WindowsMedia from Microsoft
QuickTime from Apple
Web Access Initiative
The Web Access Project
Amsterdam Public Digital Culture 2000
Streaming Media Europe
International Webcasting Association
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