|This project started in 1999
and is a service that has been available on CA*net3 and now CA*net4 since the
beginning (since it was developed for CA*net2). The National Film Board of Canada makes a
rotating series of about 800 films available for streaming play using a very
good quality MPEG1 encoding. The service is only available inside Canada and
only after signing up with the NFB. It
is currently free to anyone connecting to CA*net4.
|Current plans are to look at
higher quality encodings and increasing the use of the collection (perhaps
even expanding out into the raw world of commodity network) and perhaps even
starting to charge a fee.
|They’ve recently been
working with CRIM in Montreal to augment the mechanisms available for
indexing (and thus retrieving) the content…