Justin Kan Live at Gnomedex

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http://live.pirillo.com/ -Justin Kan of JustinTV live at Gnomedex, 2007.

Justin Kan, better known as Justin Tv, founded a network of channels providing a platform for live video streaming online. The original Justin.tv channel was a pilot project that evolved into the Justin.tv network. Wearing a webcam attached to a cap, Kan’s camera began streaming continuous live video and audio at midnight March 19, 2007. Kan claimed he would wear the camera “24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

On April 18, 2007, Kan took a one-day vacation, and the capcam was worn by iJustine as she explored San Francisco. On May 29, 2007, Justin.tv expanded to the East Coast with a second 24/7 feed hosted by iJustine in Pittsburgh.

In the summer of 2007, Justin.tv became a springboard for more than 50 different channels. Beginning July 21, 2007, channels were listed by popularity, starting with the most popular on the left.

After describing how he got his start, Justin answered a few questions from the audience:

Q: Can you show what’s in the bag?

A: A lightweight Sony VAIO which lasts for 7 hours with extended battery using EVDO Rev. A.

Q: Will you be policing your content?

A: That is a concern, policing content on the site. If someone streamed HBO that would be horrible, as would adult-oriented content. They want to make it easy for the community to bring those issues to the attention of moderators for the site.

Q: When do more beta keys come out?

A: Arbitrarily as they decide to.

Q: What’s it like becoming an instant celebrity?

A: It was weird. He is an F-List celebrity in San Francisco. For a couple of weeks he was stopped on the street and asked for autographs. He didn’t want to be super famous, and after two months it got routine answering all the same questions from different people.

Justin then auctioned off the white space on his hat, and it sold for $750.

Q: How do you deal with copyright info?

A: He is an employee of Justin.tv and he has to make sure not to watch TV into the camera, or not to have background music come through. It isn’t protected under the DMCA, so you do need to be careful about that.

Q: What is the funniest thing that happened on camera?

A: It’s mostly funny for other people, like when people saw him doing the Naked Cowboy act.

Q: How do you get around the limits of people like Sprint with their limitations on video?

A: Sprint doesn’t enforce it, but they know that it is an issue. The hope is that these limits get removed by the mobile carriers, since the belief is that they want customers to be able to use their connectivity in place of what they have now.

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