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VodCasting: TV Programs Available Online for Free

First there were blogs. Then there were podcasts, which began as audio blogs and became much more. Now there are Video Blogs (or vlogs or vidcasts or VODcasts or videozines or IPTV). The other way of thing about them is as TV programmes that are (sometimes exclusively) broadcast via the internet.

Personally, I like the term VODcast as it continues the trend, drawing on existing knowledge, is meaningful but not too geeky and plurals well (unlike IPTV). As far as I understand it, the VOD in VODcast actually stands for Video on Demand. Or maybe I just made that up...

I don’t know about you, but I’m finding less stardard TV that appeals to exactly what I am into. So I am all for podcasts and VODcasts as it gives me more access to content I am interested in. VODcasts that I have found and like are:

  • BBC Clickonline - A good, entry level tech show. Initially broadcast in the BBC World Service, but also has all previous episodes avilable for download.
  • DigitalLifeTV - Part of the Digital Life consumer technology and entertainment event. I’m quite new to it, but what I’ve seen I like. Hosted by Patrick Norton - one of the regulars on the this WEEK in TECH podcast.
  • TILT - Teachers Improving Learning with Technology.
  • NerdTV - I’m new to this one, but it looks promising. ”NerdTV is a new weekly online TV show from PBS.org technology columnist Robert X. Cringely. NerdTV is essentially Charlie Rose for geeks - a one-hour interview show with a single guest from the world of technology”
  • OpenAlpha.tv - I’m new to this one, but I’ve heard good things. Looks quite new. “What is it? Games. Tech. Fun. I'll even be doing a few mods in the future”.
  • commandN - I’m new to this one, but it comes highly reccommended. “commandN is a weekly web news video show that covers technology trends online and offline”.
VODcast Directories

In writing this, I found there are now VODcast directories starting to appear that are more comprehensive than my list above. For technical oriented VODcasts, I reccommend you check out techshows. For a comprehensive direcory of about 60 VODcasts, see vodcasts.tv

Also available is www.vodstock.com - “a relatively new directory but growing fast with around 300 vodcasts and the ability to watch the latest episode from each one online.” It also includes links to other VODCast directories, lists of vodcast viewing software and information on making a vodcast.

How to Create your own VODcast

In addition to www.vodstock.com’s resources, vodcasts.tv reccommends these links:

  • Playlist Magazine's Christopher Breen has written an excellent tutorial on how to create your own vodcast. You can read the tutorial here.
  • Apple has posted a tutorial on how to create your vodcast for the new iPod.


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