It’s easy to forget that internet TV is in its infancy and there are basically zero stylistic conventions that must be observed. Your internet TV channel can be just about whatever you want it to be: a ranting platform, an automatically-refreshing portfolio, a home-brew mixtape of weirdness, a way to keep in touch with friends and family, and more.
So, here’s a quick overview of the different ways in which you can make your own DTV channel. Already the DTV Guide features over 150 channels, and DTV is only available for Mac… when the Windows beta of DTV comes out, a lot more channels will jump into the fray. Why not stay ahead of the curve and get your channel rolling now?
First, remember that you don’t need to be using a Mac in order to submit your channel to the Guide — pretty much any RSS feed with video enclosures can be submitted here. Second, remember that you don’t need to be a videomaker yourself to have a channel — you can make a personalized mixtape channel of interesting videos from around the internet. Some options:
1. If you have your own website, the easiest way is to install Broadcast Machine, which was designed to dovetail neatly with DTV. It’s a quick and easy install, it usually takes about 15 minutes– and then you and others can post video to your channel as easily as blogging.
2. If you don’t have access to a web server, or if you have a hosted website on a free service such as Blogger, you can still create your own channel for zero dollars and zero cents by following the steps laid out by the generous folks at Freevlog. Freevlog features very clear tutorials — in QuickTime video format — walking you through setting up your own video blog, for both PC and Mac. Good examples can be found at the videoblogs of the Freevlog maestros, Ryanne Hodson and Michael Verdi. As they point out, this process doesn’t require any specialized technical knowledge or HTML — following their tutorials, I’d guess you could start from scratch and submit your channel to the DTV Guide in about an hour (!!).
3. Finally, let’s say you’re just interested in making a mixtape of video clips from around the net. You can do this using either Broadcast Machine or the Freevlog suggestions, but an even faster way is to make your own del.icio.us page, put the bookmarklet in your browser to bookmark videos you like, and follow these simple instructions on using DTV to scrape your del.icio.us page and make an awesome channel.
Look for a more detailed walk-through on these options soon, and in the meantime, feel free to hit us with questions or comments anytime at feedback at pculture.org.